The ARA General Belgrano sailed on its last voyage from Ushuaia on 26 April 1982. The ship (formerly USS Phoenix) was a Brooklyn-class WW II era light cruiser that served in the Argentinian Navy from 1951 until it was sunk on 2 May 1982 by torpedoes from the HMS Conqueror. Its sinking cost the lives of 323 men, roughly half of the Argentinian deaths in the war. Even though it (and all other Argentinian naval ships) had been ordered the day before to launch a "massive attack" on the British fleet, there is some controversy over the sinking since it took place just outside the 200-mile total exclusion zone around the Falklands Islands. See more
Hello and welcome to the second part of the Top Gear Christmas special: the part where it all goes wrong.
As you probably saw in the first programme, we were doing an homage to the V8, driving all the way across Patagonia, from the town of Bariloche, here, on our way to the town of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.
Now Ushuaia is the city from which the battleship Belgrano sailed on its final voyage at the beginning of the Falklands War. And as a result of that, the British are not... ...