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Title: st helena
Post by: old sailor on February 02, 2018, 02:01:35 pm
the rms st helena sailed for the last time from cape town on 24 jan 2018 bringing an end to a long standing tradition of carrying royal mail to and from south africa and the united kingdom


Title: Re: st helena
Post by: canberra97 on February 04, 2018, 04:10:25 am
A very historic occasion that's for sure and an end to an era but I wonder what will happen to her once she is finally withdrawn from service and if she will be offered for sale or just sent to the breakers as their is limited need for such a vessel on the open market such as the RMS St Helena especially considering her age.


Title: Re: st helena
Post by: Malim Sahib on February 08, 2018, 12:34:11 am
The end of an era indeed, the last real RMS and the last British liner.
I note she is flying her paying off pennant. Doesn't seem so long ago since I watched her being built in Aberdeen.


Title: Re: st helena
Post by: Malim Sahib on February 11, 2018, 09:11:01 pm
Some video of her final departure from Jamestown yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDgJMkn8gss


Title: Re: st helena
Post by: canberra97 on February 12, 2018, 04:22:20 am
Excellent video of the final sailing departure from St Helena of a Royal Mail ship it's a very important chapter in the history of both the Island of St Helena and of the course the vessel itself.

Although there is now the air link from the mainland to the island of St Helena heavy freight and fuel will still need to be transported to the island by ship as a new quay was built as part of the development of the airport but I wonder how frequently these will be.



Title: Re: st helena
Post by: old sailor on February 12, 2018, 08:33:42 am
so sad to watch the final good bye - st helena says good bye to st helena the island