Category Archives: Sister islands

Historian wants to bring Great War wreck back home

A rusting trawler in South Georgia is thought to be the last surviving boat of its kind to have served in the First World War – and now a historian wants to return it toEngland. The Hull Daily Mail says … Continue reading

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First ever Ascension Island flag to fly

His Excellency Mark Capes, Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, has warmly welcomed Royal approval of the design of the first ever flag of Ascension Island, saying: “I am delighted to announce that Her Majesty The … Continue reading

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Can top financier make money for a rock in the ocean?

One of the world’s richest men is being asked to come to the aid of one of its poorest – and smallest – island communities. The mayor of Pitcairn has warned that the island is in danger of becoming unsustainable … Continue reading

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Displaced islanders written off as “a few Man Fridays”

Newly-released secret papers show how officials conspired to remove the people of the Chagos Islands, one of Britain’s overseas territories. The UK government was negotiating a deal that would allow the United States to use the islands as a military … Continue reading

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South Georgia marine reserve: a ‘land grab’ in the ocean?

The creation of a vast marine reserve around South Georgia could be seen as a way of grabbing territory for the UK, a political analyst has warned. “Given that Argentina claims sovereignty over the newly protected areas,” says Dr James … Continue reading

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UK protects ocean for fish and albatross

A million square kilometres of ocean have been given new protection around the British territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. It will safeguard one of the most important fish-spawning grounds in the Southern Ocean – home to … Continue reading

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HMS Montrose continues islands tour

HMS Montrose is nearing the end of a six-month deployment to  all the British overseas territories in the South Atlantic, following a season of anti-piracy action in the Indian Ocean. Navy News has an impressive picture of the type-23 frigate … Continue reading

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Islands are key to ice riches, says academic

Britain’s islands in the South Atlantic are frontier posts in a race for economic riches in the Antarctic, according to an academic in Argentina. In past centuries, St Helena was a vital refuelling station for the commercial supply lines of … Continue reading

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Film makers focus on the Falkland spirit

Two young film makers are planning to cross the Falkland Islands to try to record the lives of islanders. Jamie Gallant and Vern Cummins – one American, one a Brit – fly out in June, in the depths of the … Continue reading

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Three-way tango that led to Falklands tensions – 200 years later

Spain had a chance to settle the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands more than 200 years ago – and fluffed it. The diplomatic dithering laid the foundations for the present-day tensions between Britain and Argentina. In a reprint of an … Continue reading

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