Farewell voyage for last ship built in Aberdeen

The RMS St Helena

The last ship built in Aberdeen will complete her final voyage this month.

The RMS St Helena, one of a few remaining Royal Mail Ships, is being decommissioned after she arrives in South Africa on February 15.

The ship, which has been in use since 1990, served St Helena and Ascension Island, acting as the residents’ only link to the outside world.

It was the last one built by Hall Russell and Company before its closure in 1992.

The RMS St Helena was originally the only way to maintain contact with the British territory, carrying up to 1,500 tonnes of cargo on its voyages.

The near-completion of a new airport is set to provide improved support for the islands.

The £285 million airport was due to be completed two years ago, but delays pushed the opening back, allowing the St Helena to continue her job until this month.

A ceremony attended by the British Governor was held on her final departure from the island.