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- n. a seaport where ships can take on supplies of coal
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Despite the economic insignificance of the islands, their defense was crucial to Britain; no other protected harbor and coaling station was available to the British navy in the South Atlantic.
"And now I can tell you the name of the coaling station and of the protectorate that came afterward," he said.
There, naked, lay the main British coaling station in the South Atlantic, the Falkland Islands.