The RMS St Helena departed on her final voyage from Cape Town on Wednesday 24 January 2018.
To mark this occasion, a number of celebratory events took place in Cape Town, starting on Tuesday evening with a reception onboard the ship hosted by Captain Adam Williams and Directors of St Helena Line, Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE, and Mr John Marden. Guests included representatives from companies who have been involved with the RMS over the years – Cape Town Port Authorities, RNC Ships Agency, Dormac Marine & Engineering, AWSML, Lloyds Register, Seamen’s Mission, AirSeaMed and P&I Club. Other invitees included those with close links to the Island – representatives from Mantis St Helena, the Tristanian community and the British and French Consulates.
The Associated Press and the editor of Maritime SA, Cape Times were also in attendance.
Passengers embarking the RMS on Wednesday, 24 January, were treated to musical entertainment by local musicians. A reception in the passenger terminal followed and invited guests and members of the public wishing to see the final sailing of the RMS were allowed quayside from 5pm.
The 27ft ‘paying off’ pennant, to mark the 27 years’ service of the RMS St Helena, was carried by a number of RMS Officers and crew, who signed off this call in Cape Town, and was received by a contingent of ship’s crew on the dockside before being presented to Captain Williams by Director of St Helena Line, Kedell Worboys MBE. The pennant was flown from the RMS main mast as she set sail from ‘F Berth’ amidst a cloud of confetti and to the sounds of the Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band.
The farewell was covered by the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC.
The RMS arrived, for the final time, in St Helena on 29 January 2018.