Ships

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Basically my wife was immature. I’d be at home in the bath and she’d come in and sink my boats.
Woody Allen

An index of ships and other vessels mentioned on these pages

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Ships

Below: IndexHMS WaterwitchWorld Maritime DayRead More

Throughout the first 515 years of St Helena’s history ships were the only way to access St Helena. Even since the start of the scheduled commercial air service in 2017 ships still bring our supplies and many of our visitors still come by yacht or cruise ship, so ships and other vessels remain very important to St Helena.

Below are listed all the ships and other sea-going vessels mentioned elsewhere on this site, with the referring page indexed. Where a reference is to our Chronology page the data is in our historical events database.

Ships of particular interest to St Helena are: • The first and second RMS St Helena; • The SS Papanui; • The RFA Darkdale; • The Witte Leeuw; and • The HMS Waterwitch.

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He who is master of the sea is master of world trade. And he who is master of world trade is master of the riches of the earth and of the earth itself.
Sir Walter Raleigh

HMS Waterwitch

Monument, Castle Gardens
Monument, Castle Gardens

The HMS Waterwitch played an important part in the interception of slave ships from 1840 until she was sunk during engagement with a slaver in 1861. She was a 319-ton wooden sail-powered brig/sloop, formerly a private yacht purchased for the Royal Navy in November 1837, carrying 10 guns.

In December 1844 it was decided that a memorial would be erected in Castle Gardens to those of her crew who died during actions against slavers.

World Maritime Day

Despite years of maritime history, World Maritime Day on 26th September is not celebrated on St Helena.

Visiting ships need to be wary of Rollers

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Article: Burning of The Spangereid

Published in the St Helena Guardian 9th October 1920{1}

The burning of the Norwegian ship Spangereid caused quite a sensation and the Wharf and Glacis were crowed with interested spectators. Although at one time it appeared as though she was going to burn out from stem to stern, the precaution taken by the captain of the vessel in having her towed into the beach, stern first and by this means preventing the fire spreading aft and then having her swamped by making two holes in her bow, saved the aft portion of the vessel entirely and will enable much valuable property to be salvaged. We congratulate the captain on his actions, which certainly prevented a total loss of cargo and ship fittings. It remains to be seen whether anything can be done with the wreck, but we rather fancy her days of work are over and she will rest peacefully beside what remains of her old friend the ‘Papanui’.

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