Category Archives: RMS St Helena

Santa’s coming (or going) on a Royal Mail Ship

A sunburned Santa lounges by the pool, and there’s a snowman watching over the sun deck. Yes, it’s Christmas – even in mid-ocean. The decorations on board the RMS St Helena were photographed by Barry Hubbard, who was returning to … Continue reading

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Cape fights to keep £20 million trade with St Helena

The RMS St Helena is said to bring £20 million worth of business into Cape Town every year – and the city is fighting to keep it, according to MoneyWeb, a South African financial website. It says the figure comes … Continue reading

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How Joe’s chicks flew before they hatched – with the RAF

Joe the Vet was left pondering the ultimate chicken-or-egg situation after the RMS St Helena stopped sailing to the UK. In past years, the ship’s passenger list regularly included new breeding stock for St Helena’s poultry farmers. But with visits … Continue reading

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First gray whale spotted south of the equator

Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption. Keep your eyes open on deck while traveling to or from Walvis Bay. You might catch a rare glimpse of the mighty Gray … Continue reading

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Intrepid South Africans playing key role in St Helena airport adventure

The first plane to officially land at St Helena’s new airport – the first airport in the island’s more than 500 years of human habitation – is scheduled to do so in February 2016. Building an Airport by Ship Jimmy … Continue reading

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Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth Games baton relay route unveiled

From BBC News Scotland The Commonwealth baton will spend four days on board RMS St Helena as it crosses the South Atlantic Ocean from South Africa to St Helena. The RMS is to arrive Feb 19, 2014. The final relay … Continue reading

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In pictures: RMS St Helena in dry dock

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Click on the thumbnails to see full-size images of work on the RMS St Helena during its 2012 dry dock refit in Cape Town.

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Manchester United treat for ship’s crew

Ten members of the RMS St Helena crew will be in the crowd when football legends Manchester United play against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. They’ll be taking a break from the rigours of a major refit of the St … Continue reading

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Life’s a blast for RMS St Helena refit team

Heavy weather that has delayed the Basil Read airport supply ship on its return to Walvis Bay has also held up the RMS St Helena’s refit in Cape Town. CAPTAIN ANDREW GREENTREE reports. How time flies when you are enjoying … Continue reading

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Missing piece of paper that left island without onions

A lack of onions on St Helena has come about because paperwork was not handed over. The port authority in Cape Town, Transnet, refused to let thousands of onions be loaded aboard the RMS St Helena. The result, according to … Continue reading

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