Whale sharks: St Helena’s biggest tourist attraction?

Whale sharks earn tourist dollars for the few places in the world where they make regular visits, and they could even do the same for St Helena. Now rules are being drawn up to make sure the giant but friendly creatures are not harmed by thrill-seekers. A few lucky tourists got to swim with visiting […]

Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British […]

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 more. The Charles W Morgan, once a familiar sight in James Bay, has been relaunched […]

Writer declares Ascension ‘one of the world’s best’ dive sites

Ascension Island has been rated by a diving expert as one of the best places on the planet for underwater thrills. In the first published guide to diving around the island, Paul Colley OBE has enthused about waters teeming with a rare abundance of marine life. The water is so clear it is like diving in […]

Tristanians build an old-style cottage – with a flax roof

Pensioners on Tristan da Cunha have completed a project to build a stone cottage in the style that was used in the earliest days of the island’s settlement. Earlier this month, 40 men gathered to give the cottage a roof of thatched flax – the same kind that grows over much of St Helena. The project […]

Scientists probe Ascension Island’s underwater mysteries

A diving expedition has yielded hundreds of pictures of Ascension Island as few people ever see it – as well as species not found there before. They show an underwater spectacle that contrasts sharply with the island’s harsh volcanic shores. Some of the most striking pictures can be found in the Galleries section of St Helena Online […]

Dauntless sails for South Atlantic islands ‘within weeks’

HMS Dauntless is expected to embark on the Royal Navy’s regular patrol of South Atlantic islands “within weeks”, reports The News in Portsmouth. The vessel is currently in Cape Town and is the first Type 45 destroyer to deploy to the region. The paper quotes “a source familiar with the ship’s programme”, saying that a […]

Falkland Islanders gather in snow to mark 30 years of freedom

Falkland Islanders and military personnel paraded in heavy snow to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of Argentina’s occupation of the islands. Read Juanita Brock’s report of the 14 June commemorations here. SEE ALSO: Liberation Day: 1982-2012

How photo-blogger told America about island oil disaster

Photographer Andrew Evans arrived on the world’s most remote inhabited island just days after the bulk carrier MS Oliva was shipwrecked, creating an environmental disaster. The ship releasing an oil slick that was to kill hundreds of endangered rockhopper penguins – and for a few days, it went unreported in the world’s media. Evans had […]

Tristan storm ‘worst since 2001 hurricane’

Winds of up to 50 knots have lashed Tristan da Cunha, reports Sarah Glass on the island website. The gales – said to be the worst since the 2001 hurricane that hit the island – wrecked a Wendy house in the children’s playground and caused severe damage to a thatched cottage that was being restored […]