St Helena - South Atlantic Ocean

Rising like a fortress from the sea, the steep cliffs of St Helena didn't look very welcoming. Famous as Napoleon's island of enforced exile, St Helena was used as a jail throughout colonial times. But once we dropped anchor off Jamestown and met the locals, or "saints", as they prefer to be called, we get an entirely different impression of this delightful South Atlantic outpost. As the island has no airstrip, any visitors must arrive by sea, either aboard the monthly supply ship, or by private craft. As the supply ship is leaving as we arrive, ourselves and a couple of other cruising boats are the only tourists on the island. The locals are keen to show us around, even welcoming us into their homes. We discover not only the quaint town, but an island full of varied landscapes, with a very rich history.  

St Helena impressions                      click picture to enlarge

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