The RMS St Helena arrived from her last trip to Ascension Island today, Tuesday 6 February 2018.
During her call at Ascension and in commemoration of her long and established friendship and partnership with the Island, an Open Day was held onboard the RMS on Saturday, 3 February 2018, for 100 visitors. In the afternoon, the ship hosted an official cocktail party where Captain Adam Williams presented a plaque to the Administrator, Mr Nick Kennedy.
The plaque depicts the RMS St Helena crest and is inscribed: 'Presented to the people of Ascension Island by the Master, Officers and Ratings of RMS St Helena commemorating the final call and 27 years of dedicated and loyal service to this Island � February 2018.'
In his acceptance speech, the Administrator said:
Thank you from everyone on this Island to all the crew of the RMS St Helena. Your hard work and kindness over the years has meant a huge amount to us, as I am sure you will hear from anyone you speak to this weekend. Whatever paths you choose from now on, we wish you every success. You will always have friends on Ascension.
The plaque will be on display in the Post Office in Georgetown before being moved to the Museum.
Celebrations continued on Saturday evening with a farewell party ashore, hosted by Islanders at the Saints Club in George Town. The party was well attended and was an opportunity for RMS Officers and crew to mingle with Ascension Island residents.
A programme of events for the RMS Farewell celebrations on St Helena begins this evening with a Thanksgiving Service at St James' Church at 7pm. All are invited to attend.
Tune in to local radio stations for further details of events taking place this week.
Source: St Helena Government