The RMS St Helena was a unique cargo-passenger ship that sailed to a unique island, one of the most remote and inhabited in the world. During her time she also sailed between Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension Island. Some voyages saw her visiting Walvis Bay, the UK and Spanish island Tenerife. She was also distinctive in the fact that she was one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world. The RMS had a strong connection to the island an offered a voyage like no other, introducing passengers to the hospitality and community spirit they should expect on island.
The RMS served the island since 1990 and completed around 268 voyages by the time she was decommissioned. In addition to carrying passengers in well-fed comfort, she offered a lifeline to St Helena carrying island supplies.
Governor Lisa Phillips declared Friday, 9 February 2018 a public holiday on St Helena to allow the island to bid farewell to the RMS St Helena, which set sail on its final voyage to Cape Town on Saturday, 10 February having served the island for 27 years.