MV Edinburgh

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 …

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Tea and fruit run out as Tristan supply ship turns back

Rationing has been introduced at the store on Tristan da Cunha after the supply ship MV Edinburgh was forced to turn back while en route to the island. The ship was 500 miles from Tristan on 30 May 2013 when Captain Clarence October MBE decided to return to Cape Town because of technical problems. The last delivery …

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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 island on 16 March 2011. He and his crew aboard the MV Edinburgh were instrumental in …

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Stranded Jim flags ride to Cape for just… HOW MUCH?

Botanist Jim McIntosh, who was left stranded on Tristan da Cunha when he was bumped off the MV Edinburgh, has managed to find another ship that’s bound for Cape Town. The good news, as revealed on his Tristan Travels journal, is that the captain can divert 500 miles to pick him up, to avoid a six-week wait for the …

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Jim is left hitch-hiking in mid-ocean as ship sails without him

Botanist Jim McIntosh had been looking forward to a week’s holiday in Cape Town after a seven-month stint working on Tristan da Cunha. Instead, he watched the MV Edinburgh sail away without him. Jim was dropped from the passenger list to make way for a medical patient, with his belongings already packed. Now he’s been …

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