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RMS St Helena arrives on The Thames, Adrian Pope

A Royal send off for the RMS St Helena

This week saw a major milestone for the RMS St Helena as she sailed up The Thames in London for a final farewell to the UK, including a special reception hosted on board for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. Here we celebrate the week in pictures.

The RMS St Helena passed under Tower Bridge on Tuesday 7 June to moor alongside HMS Belfast on the River Thames.

RMS St Helena arrival The Pool Of London, Adrian Pope

Photo credit: Adrian Pope

HRH The Princess Royal attended a reception on board on Wednesday 8 June to mark the RMS’ historic visit to The Pool of London and 26 years of steadfast service.

HRH Princess Royal on board RMS St Helena, Adrian Pope

Photo credit: Adrian Pope

After addressing guests she honoured the crew by joining them for a group photograph.

HRH Princess Royal with RMS St Helena crew, Adrian Pope

Photo credit: Adrian Pope

On Thursday 9 June, Director of Tourism, Christopher Pickard hosted a travel, tourism and investment reception for trade and media.

Chris Pickard RMS St Helena

The RMS St Helena will depart the Pool of London at approximately 17.30hrs today, Friday 10 June, to return to the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury.  Here some 600 members of the public will visit for a pre-booked tour of the ship on Saturday 11 June. After loading cargo and passengers, the RMS will depart from Tilbury at 16.00hrs on Tuesday 14 June, en route to Tenerife, Ascension and St Helena, one of her final sailings.

RMS St Helena and HMS Belfast

St Helena Government has confirmed its commitment to maintaining access to the Island by extending the service of the RMS as an interim measure and for a limited period until air services begin. The schedule can be viewed here.

RMS St Helena lifebuoy, Adrian Pope

Photo credit: Adrian Pope

3 Responses

  • Keith Cutting.

    My wife and I joined the Friends of St Helena yesterday to see RMS tied up alongside HMS Belfast from the Thames. We departed Festival Pier and cruised down past the mail ship and was greeted by a blast on the ships horn.
    We will be flying down to a Ascension to join the ship at the end of month for onward journey to St Helena on what was supposed to be the last voyage!
    Can you send me details please of excursions?

  • Jenny Pattenden

    I felt very homesick seeing the RMS sailing up the Thames. I felt pride too, being a Saint to see it manned by fellow saints. Will be visiting the RMS on Saturday. Looking forward to it so much.

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