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We took to the lifeboats off Ascension – a captain’s story

As a young seaman, Jonathan Mercer spent an anxious time in an open lifeboat after crew and passengers abandoned a burning Union Castle ship between Ascension Island and St Helena. Almost exactly 40 years on, he revisited both islands as … Continue reading

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On this day in history: St Helena and an ordeal at sea

On 6 December 1875, three seamen were landed at Jamestown. They had spent at least ten days on the ocean in an open boat, and they were the only survivors of a fire that broke out on board the emigrant … Continue reading

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