On our fourth day at St. Helena, we learned more about the island’s history, geology and ecology at the excellent St. Helena museum, and visited St. James Church, the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere. We also walked a track around Munden’s Point to Rupert’s Bay to see the new wharf and port facilities under construction there, and checked out some World War II and other ruins along the way.
Trip highlights from January 7th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
Dating from 1774, St. James Church is the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere. Dedication plaques along the walls provide a snapshot into the island’s past social structure, health and current events.
Besides Napolean, the British held a variety of prisoners of war on remote St. Helena, including Bahraini princes, South African Chief Dinizulu, and 6,000 Boers. These prison buildings along Munden’s Point we believe were used to hold the Bahraini prisoners.
The battery had several enclosures like this one, with wheeled metal walls that rolled back on either side and a mount in the ceiling. The sliding walls provide protection, while offering an ability to see or shoot through 180 degrees.
We watched this dive boat offload from above. You can see the impact of the swell and why everyone just uses the harbour ferry rather than try to land and secure a tender. Once the passengers and gear were offloaded, the dive boat operator moored in the harbour and took the ferry back to shore.
St. Helena has several Sea Rescue vessels that are kept ashore and craned in and out of the water. When the new facilities at Ruperts Bay are complete, Sea Rescue also will transfer there and use a ramp instead of a crane to launch and retrieve their vessels.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.