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Shipwreck lifeboat drifts from Tristan da Cunha to Australia

A battered lifeboat has washed up on a beach in South Australia, nearly two years after drifting away from the wreck of the MS Oliva near Tristan da Cunha. It floated about 5,000 miles from Nightingale Island, where the ship … Continue reading

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Tristan da Cunha disaster recalled as Queen honours captain

The master of Tristan da Cunha’s fisheries vessel has told how he was caught up in the MS Oliva shipwreck disaster – after his efforts was recognised by the Queen. Captain Clarence October could see the cargo ship’s lights when it ran aground on Nightingale … 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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Revealed: blunders that caused Tristan da Cunha wreck disaster

Last year’s shipwreck disaster on Tristan da Cunha was caused by a drowsy officer who thought Nightingale Island was a rain cloud, an investigation has revealed. The chief mate of the MS Oliva failed to change course when Tristan’s sister island showed up … Continue reading

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