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Royal Mail Ship Embarks on Final Voyage to St Helena

25th January 2018
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Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena departed Cape Town, South Africa yesterday on a final voyage to the remote UK territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Afloat adds the passenger/cargoship made a once-off visit to Irish ports in 1995 during a private-charter cruise with calls to Dublin and Cork (Cobh). Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena departed Cape Town, South Africa yesterday on a final voyage to the remote UK territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Afloat adds the passenger/cargoship made a once-off visit to Irish ports in 1995 during a private-charter cruise with calls to Dublin and Cork (Cobh). Photo: AP

#Ports&Shipping - RMS St Helena, a UK flagged Royal Mail Ship as previously reported on Afloat, that was once a lifeline to the outside world for St Helena is making its last voyage to the remote South Atlantic island where Napoleon died in exile.

According to Gazette News, RMS St Helena’s route for the last three decades is being phased out because a South African airline started a weekly commercial flight in October after the delayed opening of an airport on the volcanic island, and flights could become more frequent if there is demand.

Until last year, the “royal mail” vessel had been the only regular way to reach British-ruled St Helena for passengers who spent nearly a week at sea after departure from the South African city of Cape Town.

Ahead of the ship’s final departure from Cape Town on Wednesday, diplomats, tourism officials and crew members mingled at an on-board reception.

To read more of this historic farewell unique passenger-cargo voyage and photos click here. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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