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ST HELENA (II) 1990

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ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby shipstamps » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:32 pm

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She was ordered by the Government of St Helena and paid by the Overseas Development Administration of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, under a U.K aid programme to St Helena.
Built as a passenger- cargo vessel by Hall Russell Ltd., and completed by their successor (when Hall Russel went bankrupt), A & P Appledore (Aberdeen) Ltd., Aberdeen, who negotiated a new and higher price to complete her.
31 October 1989 launched under the name RMS ST. HELENA, christened by H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Tonnage 6.767 gross, 3.130 dwt, dim. 105 x 19.2 x 10m., draught 6.0m.
Two 6-cyl. Mirrlees engines geared to two shafts, 3.723 hp., speed 14.5 knots. Twin controllable pitch propellers.
Accommodation for 132 passengers and 58 crew.
Passenger amenities include a swimming pool, dining saloon to seat 75, lounge, children room, hospital wards, shop and bar.
Cargo capacity 1.800 tons. Can carry 52 TEU’s containers. Two tanks to carry oil, and there is provisions for the carriage of livestock and pets.
October 1990 delivered. Port of registry London.

She was special built to supply St Helena and a replacement of her namesake ST. HELENA of 1963.
Managed by Curnow Shipping Ltd.
The funnel which is painted a slightly acid yellow, bears the sea lion emblem, once the badge of the East India Company, which owned the island of St Helena in the 17th century.
16 November 1990 sailed for her maiden voyage, she will make calls at Tenerife, Ascension, St Helena and Cape Town before heading back to the U.K. Scheduled for six round voyages yearly.
Once a year she makes a round voyage from Cape Town to St Helena.

On her first northbound voyage on 04 Jan. 1991 damaged her starboard engine, and arrived 05 Jan. at Lisbon from where the passengers flown home to the U.K. The ship on one engine limped to Falmouth for a new engine, arrived 20 Jan. 1991 Falmouth.

April 1991 resumed service. Some months later off St Helena rescued the crew of a sunken trawler.
1995 Chartered for a single round Britain cruise by Swan Hellenic.
04 September 2001 management taken over by Weir Shipping, London.

After September 2004 she will not more make any calls in the U.K., limiting her service to the South Atlantic, calling at Ascension, St Helena, Walvis Bay and Cape Town

2009 http://www.equasis.org gives still managed by Weir, owned by St. Helena Line, London. IMO No 8716306.
Call sign MMHE5. Still under U.K. flag.

Ascension 1990 25p sg 533, £1 sgMS 535 , scott 495-7 and 1996 65p sg 703, scott 664.
St Helena 1990 38p sg, 574 and £1 sgMS 576, scott 537-9, 1995 60p sg 709, scott 655 and 1996 60p sg724, scott 680.
Tristan da Cunha 1990 35p sg502 and £1 sgMS504, scott 484-6, 1994 £5 sg564, scott 546 and 1996 60p sg,601, scott 583.

Source: Marine News 1991/28, 84. Watercraft Philately Vol. 38 page 10. Marine News 2004/136.
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:07 am

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For the 20th year in service the St Helena Post issued four stamps, the following URL gives on the stamps:
http://www.stampcommunity.org/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21450

The RMS St Helena is unique
She is one of only two ocean-going vessels in the world still to carry the venerable title of Royal Mail Ship, held in the past by so many famous British passenger liners.

In addition to carrying passengers in well-fed comfort, she is a lifeline for residents on her island namesake as she carries all their goods and supplies to St Helena. From wind turbines to automotive parts; sheep, goats, and Christmas turkeys to furniture, food and paint, everything has to be carried by ship to the island. This is part of the fascination. RMS St Helena is not just a passenger vessel; it's a working ship, plying the Atlantic Ocean, carrying goods and people nearly halfway around the world. When you sail on the RMS, you are following in the wake of the generations of travellers and explorers who crossed the world's oceans in the leisured days before air travel. A voyage on the RMS is an unforgettable experience: a blue water voyage on a working ship to unspoilt and remote islands.

Quality, comfort and peace of mind
The Royal Mail Ship St Helena was built in 1989 specifically to supply the island of St Helena, a British Overseas Territory deep in the tropical South Atlantic. She is British registered, 6,767 gross tonnes and has berths for a maximum of 128 passengers plus 56 officers and crew.

She has modern facilities: stabilisers, air conditioning and for those who worry about being too detached from their normal humdrum existence, fax, telephone and email by satellite communication systems.

She carries a doctor and has well equipped medical facilities. Classified as A1+ at Lloyds and sailing under the British flag means that the RMS St Helena is subject to some of the most rigorous safety regulations in the world. Her repeatedly high classification in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships is a sure indication of the high quality of her facilities, crew and standards.

2015 In service.

http://sainthelenaisland.info/rms.htm

St Helena 2014 25p/50p sg?, scott? MSsg?, scott?
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Thu May 03, 2018 6:46 pm

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MNG TAHITI ex ST.HELENA departed from Cape Town with next port of call listed Madagascar. She is now registered in Basseterre, in the Caribbean Islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Her new classification is listed as a Troopship will be initially deployed in the Gulf of Aden as a supply ship servicing ships acting as anti-piracy vessels. Photo : Ian Shiffman (c) Maasmond Maritime
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Re: ST HELENA (II) 1990

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:00 pm

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The RMS ST HELENA commenced her final voyage for St Helena on 24th January 2018. She made her final call at Ascension Island on 3rd February, returning to James’ Bay, St Helena on 6th. Her final departure from St Helena was on Saturday 10th February 2018, scheduled to return to Cape Town on 15th for decommissioning.

She was sold to Tahiti Shipping a subsidiary of MNG Shipping, London, renamed MNG TAHITI, she was chartered thereafter by MNG Shipping.

I found the following on : http://www.nedcruise.info/rms%20st.%20helena.htm
Oct. 2018
“In April she was sold to MNG Maritime and renamed MNG TAHITI to serve as a 'vessel based armoury' in the Middle East. After three months, this project appears to have been abandoned and the ship has once again been sold on. The buyer has renamed her ST HELENA (without prefix RMS) and she is on her way back to Portland, Dorset. It appears she will then undergo a two year refit to become a private yacht.” Management Wilson Yacht- UK
As new owner is mentioned St.Helena LLP on the Chanel Island (UK) since Aug. 31-2018. Withdraw of Lloyds Register on July 11 -2018
New flag registration St.Kitts and Nevis.

St Helena 2018 25/60p and £2.00 sg?, scott? viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6124
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