High-grade steel in the Falkland Islands
Steel is common throughout the world and even geographically isolated locations such as the Falkland islands use steel for construction. Steel is commonly used on large scale projects such as bridges, pylons and skyscrapers, but is also in regular use for smaller scale buildings and infrastructure projects. The Falkland islands may not be the most industrial of places, however the use of steel on the island is an absolute necessity for many different construction projects. The use of steel on major island projects and on smaller private buildings makes life on the island easier for locals as well as those on a Falkland holiday getaway.
The Falkland islands are located 300 miles from the coast of Argentina, and consist of two major islands. These two islands of East Falkland and West Falkland are joined by 776 smaller islands. A lot of people have heard about the Falkland war between Argentina and Great Britain in 1982 when Argentina invaded the islands. The islands do not have a very strong industrial focus, and tourism and fishing are the industry leaders and how a lot of the money is made. While there is not a very big use of steel on the Falkland islands, it is used on major projects and some private buildings as well.
The island’s bridges are some of the biggest steel construction projects that have been undertaken on the Falkland’s. The Bodie street bridge is a good example of the use of steel, a suspension bridge that spans 400 feet through the use of four 2 inch diameter steel cables. The Bodie street bridge was completed in 1925 and was constructed to centralize the sheep farming operations of Darwin and Walker creek at Goose Green. Unfortunately this bridge had to be closed to traffic in 1997 as it was becoming unsafe for use. The Malo bridge is another example of a great steel bridge on the Falkland islands, and it is still used to this day.
The Malo bridge was built in 1928 by the Falkland islands government, as a way to improve communication between the islands. The Malo bridge was designed by the Horsehay Co of Shropshire in England, who also supplied the high-grade steel (Edelstahlrohre) that was used in the construction. This bridge is a steel girder type of design, a ‘bowstring’ type with a steel span of over 80 feet and a total span of about 140 feet in length. While bridge construction may well be the most famous and large scale example of the use of steel on the Falkland islands, there are other projects where steel has been used to great effect as well.
Most large modern building projects use steel to some degree, often in the support mechanisms of the building. A lot of smaller building components are normally made from steel, including nails, screws and Butt Weld Fittings . While these parts may not be as big and noticeable as bridges or airport terminals, it is the steel in nails and screws that keeps most buildings together. Steel is also used in railway tracks, and there has been some historical railways used in the Falklands in the past. The Camber Railway is one example of a Falkland islands track designed in 1915 and in use up until the end of the 1920s.