The final voyage of the RMS St Helena from the UK began from Tilbury on 14th June 2016 bound for Ascension Island, St Helena and then on to Cape Town. Little did they know at the time that in a sudden change of plan the ship was to remain in service in the South Atlantic for another 12 months owing to on-going safety issues at the new international airport.
The book gives an insight into how the remoteness of the territories in the South Atlantic governs people’s lives. Up to now for St Helena everything and everyone has had to come in and out by sea. It wasn’t until comparatively recently in 1978 that a dedicated shipping service to serve them actually came into being. It tells the story of the St Helena Shipping Line and of this unique vessel and its predecessor, both affectionately known as the ‘RMS’, which have faithfully served these communities for nearly 40 years.