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Afloat again: last survivor of St Helena’s whaling days

Well over a century has passed since John Knipe deserted from the crew of a whaling ship at Jamestown, and he is long dead; but far across the Atlantic, that same vessel is being prepared to take to sea once … Continue reading

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How Jamestown offered escape for a whaler’s wife

When Clara Tinkham stepped ashore at St Helena in 1876, she was clearly greatly relieved to be escaping from life aboard a whaling ship – even though it meant separation from her husband. Captain John Tinkham had tried hard to … Continue reading

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