RMS St Helena sets sail for final time
The RMS St Helena, affectionately known as the RMS, made an emotional departure from St Helena Island earlier, following 27 years of dedicated service to the islanders.
The RMS’ departure followed a true St Helenian style programme of farewell events.
Island residents came out in the hundreds to say their goodbyes to the crew and the ship.
The programme started on Tuesday evening with a special Thanksgiving Service at St James’ Church.
Governor Lisa Phillips had declared a public holiday on February 9th and many people used the occasion to gather at the Seafront for the main farewell celebrations, while those who were lucky enough to secure a space attended the RMS Open Day and were able to view the workings of the ship for one last time.
Among the many celebratory events was a performance by the RMS Amateur Dramatics Society, a firework display and release of lanterns.
Celebrations continued on the Saturday morning with a poignant parade of the RMS Crew accompanied by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from the Canister to the Seafront in Jamestown.
A large crowd of people turned out to say a last goodbye to the current crew of the Ship.
A spectacular flotilla of 15+ boats including jet skis and yachts circled the RMS while the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service saluted her with a water arch before she pulled up anchor.
The RMS then made her way to Buttermilk Point, turned around and steamed past the harbour in full dress.