‘A true St Helenian farewell’: RMS St Helena.

Some watched from the quayside, and some climbed to the high ground to watch the RMS St Helena steam across James Bay and out towards the horizon, for what everyone thought would be the last time. It didn’t turn out that way. Just when everyone was coming down from two days of high emotion in Jamestown, […]

Last hurrah for St Helena boatmen as sea freight deal is signed

A contract to operate a cargo ship to replace the RMS St Helena has been signed – and it will include a small number of passenger berths for the Ascension run. The deal with AW Ship Management Ltd has been completed four months before the planned retirement date for the RMS St Helena. The company […]

Alien discovery sparks international beetle drive

Three stowaways have been found hitching a ride to St Helena’s airport, nearly two years before it is even due to open. Even though they had no papers on them, David Pryce of St Helena National Trust had no trouble identifying them as pachylomera femoralis – giant flattened dung beetles. Their remains were spotted in […]

The RMS St Helena casts a light over the water

Photographer Christopher Godden has kindly given consent for this site to publish his fine picture of the RMS St Helena at Cape Town, taken from the MSC Sinfonia. Christopher is a member of The Ship Society of South Africa, whose club house in the city’s harbour area has a library of several hundred books and […]

Ian responds to critics on Rupert’s port project

Traders in Jamestown have been strongly critical of the plan to land cargo at Rupert’s Bay – leaving them with a difficult journey to transport goods to the shops, on narrow roads that hug steep hillsides. Executive councillor IAN RUMMERY offers a personal response.  The thing about Rupert’s is that with limited funding, albeit £15 million, […]

RMS sailing schedule runs beyond airport opening

The new sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena includes two voyages beyond the planned opening of St Helena’s first airport. And they may not be the ship’s last trips to the island, according to a statement issued after executive councillors approved the schedule. The ship is also set to drop anchor in James Bay […]

RMS St Helena lands patient at Walvis Bay and sails on

A patient has been transferred to hospital in Namibia from the RMS St Helena after the ship diverted by 399 nautical miles to put them ashore. St Helena Government issued for the following statement on Tuesday, 28 January 2014: At 2.30pm this afternoon, local time, the RMS arrived at the pilot station in Walvis Bay, Namibia, […]

RMS St Helena diverts to Walvis Bay in medical emergency

St Helena’s supply ship changed course for Walvis Bay because of a medical emergency, it was announced on Monday (27 January 2014). The statement from St Helena Line Ltd did not say whether the situation involved an incident on board the ship, nor whether the patient was one of the 122 passengers. The RMS St Helena was […]

Time-lapse videos recall historic landing

A Look back to a key moment in St Helena’s airport project by watching two time-lapse videos of the NP Glory 4 becoming the first ocean-going ship ever to dock on the island, in July 2012. The first, by Scott Stander, shows the vessel being manoeuvred into position, bow-first, and the first construction vehicles being […]