Author Archives: Simon Pipe

Adam becomes third Saint master of the RMS St Helena

The RMS St Helena has a new master: Adam Williams, a Saint who started his career on the ship as a 16-year-old cadet, will take over from Captain Rodney Young MBE, who died unexpectedly in the new year. Adam will … Continue reading

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Flags lowered for Rodney, the first Saint captain

Captain Rodney Young had planned to stay with his ship until the end of its days. As it was, he did not live to carry out his last duties as Master of the RMS St Helena. The ship remained in … Continue reading

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He was the Master at sea, but on St Helena, his family kept his feet on the ground

VILMA CLINGHAM-TOMS pays tribute of Captain Rodney Young of the RMS St Helena on behalf of the St Helena Association in the UK We were so proud of Rodney’s achievement in becoming St Helena’s first ship’s captain. A pioneer. He … Continue reading

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‘He was one of those people you meet and never forget’ – a passenger’s tribute to Captain Rodney Young MBE

Tina Wagner, a past passenger on the RMS St Helena, heard the news of Captain Rodney Young’s death at her home in Germany and wrote the following tribute.  For Captain Rodney. When we set eyes on him for the first … Continue reading

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Prince to open St Helena Airport

Prince Edward, the Queen’s third son, is to perform the official opening ceremony for St Helena Airport – as long as safety inspectors have given clearance for it to become operational. From St Helena Government: The historic opening of St … Continue reading

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Voyage to investigate illegal fishing off Ascension: reporting ban on St Helena media is lifted

A criminal investigation has been carried out into illegal fishing around Ascension Island. But the media on St Helena were banned from reporting on an investigatory expedition aboard the MFV Extractor until it was over (archive picture by Bruce Salt). … Continue reading

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House that: Andy auctions stamp painting for island charity

Andy Crowe’s vivid paintings of St Helena’s capital city provided a colourful theme for a set of postage stamps. And now one of them is to be sold at auction to raise some capital for an island charity. Readers are … Continue reading

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Last hurrah for St Helena boatmen as sea freight deal is signed

A contract to operate a cargo ship to replace the RMS St Helena has been signed – and it will include a small number of passenger berths for the Ascension run. The deal with AW Ship Management Ltd has been … Continue reading

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Connect fined £10,500 for threat to wirebirds

A “reckless failure” to protect two wirebirds has landed Connect St Helena with a fine of £10,500. St Helena Magistrates’ Court heard that it let a contractor start work on its solar farm before full planning consent had been given … Continue reading

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All’s well for airport opening says Castle as silence on test flights stirs doubts in UK media

The target opening date for St Helena’s airport remains 21 May 2016, despite “challenges” meeting safety demands, officials in The Castle have insisted. St Helena Government also said there was “nothing new” in a comment about problems with the island’s … Continue reading

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