Revisit the stories of 2013

Click the pic for a month-by-month look back at the stories that made 2013 on St Helena and her sister islands – then follow the links for more detail. SEE ALSO: 2013 in pictures

Share a kind word: Christmas message from Governor Capes

St Helena is certainly getting busier… that is a phrase that I often hear these days and I have to agree with it.  The past year has flashed by, with so much happening and so much still to do.  At times, our sister islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha have also kept me busy […]

RFA Darkdale: delicate task of preventing another Oliva disaster

Clearing oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale will be challenging and costly – but clearing up an environmental disaster would be worse. The Ministry of Defence is keen to avoid coping with an oil slick in mid-ocean, like the one caused near Tristan da Cunha by the loss of the MS Oliva in […]

Rower Sally heads for islands (the easy way)

Sally Kettle’s friends could not understand why she was nervous about heading out to make a film about St Helena and its sister islands. After all, she is no stranger to the Atlantic Ocean: she has rowed across it twice. This time – even with a detour via Tristan da Cunha – the voyage aboard the […]

No more whale adventures for St Helena’s new diplomat

Tristan da Cunha’s administrator, Sean Burns, is to take up a senior post on St Helena – but  the job is unlikely to offer the same excitements as life on the world’s remotest inhabited island. Besides dealing with the 2011 wreck of the MS Oliva and the resulting penguin rescue operation, Sean has handled the […]

Mysteries of the Deep revealed off Tristan da Cunha

Scientists have discovered beautiful creatures living in deep water off Tristan da Cunha, on the first-ever expedition to explore beyond the range of scuba divers. The expedition team included marine biologist Sue Scott, who has made eight trips to dive in the rough sea around Tristan. The researchers lowered a camera into the water to […]

Banned writer regrets telling Tristan ‘love story’

Simon Winchester, the writer who was banned from Tristan da Cunha for repeating a story of a love affair that may not even have happened, has expressed his sympathy for islanders.  In an essay for the historical journal Lapham’s Quarterly – written while “wallowing” offshore on a cruise ship – he admits he was wrong […]

Island’s eco warriors need a new chief. Salary: £43k

A new person is being sought to lead the team protecting St Helena’s environment. The post is being advertised with a £43,000 salary, plus allowances – but the job description makes it clear the role will be demanding. It says: “St Helena’s natural environment is unique and very fragile; it is also our greatest asset. […]

25 days after setting out, Tristan passengers still couldn’t land

Three and a half weeks after first sailing from Cape Town, passengers on the beleaguered MV Edinburgh finally reached Tristan da Cunha on Monday 17 June 2013 – only to find they could not go ashore. Sea conditions were too rough at Calshot Harbour and Captain Clarence October decided to  sit out the weather in […]