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Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: P & O Ships docking at St Helena

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  • jcoyle@iinet.net.au
    Hi Janet – I lived on St. Helena from 1967 – 69, during which time I not only had to (obviously) land on arrival, but also went on board just about every
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 4, 2011
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      Hi Janet ��� I lived on St. Helena from 1967 ��� 69, during which time I not only had to (obviously) land on arrival, but also went on board just about every ship that called at the island as part of my job.   We only had one ship where the captain partially called off the passengers visiting the island, the ���Eugenio C.��� in 1968.  Every other call was fine.  The swell is worse in February each year, but otherwise reasonably fit people can manage on their own -  it���s something of a sport though, you will find an audience watching new arrivals and waiting for them to fall into the sea!
      Please take the opportunity, the island���s scenery is spectacular and the people the kindest I have ever lived amongst.  Don���t be put off if you get a chance to tour the island in the ���charabanc���, it���s an ancient motor vehicle but a great way to see the scenery.
      I envy you ��� I would love to go back, but it���s a long way from Australia...
       
      John Coyle
      Brisbane (currently in Venice on holiday)
       
      Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:30 AM
      Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: P & O Ships docking at St Helena
       
       

      Hi everyone,
       
      We are on a P & O cruise (Arcadia) due to dock at St Helena in April 2012.  My husbands family have very strong links with St Helena and we are eager to explore, but we are told that not many ships manage to dock due to the swell of the sea.  Can anyone give us any information or hope?? Regards, Ray and Janet Durnall




      On Thu Nov 3 4:41 , Alice Van Mierlo sent:

       

      Oh my goodness, I had thought of taking a trip there sometime but after reading these comments, not so sure.  Sounds exciting and very interesting but I think I will stay on my mountain bicycle and hiking. When I left Cape Town as soon as we were out of the harbour, I got sea sick for 3 days so this will not be good. Your comments are very Interesting do enjoy reading them.
      Alice M. Van Mierlo

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      From: Caroline Gaden
      To: st-helena-genealogy ; janetdurnall
      Sent: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 2:10 pm
      Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: P & O Ships docking at St Helena

      Hello Janet
      There is no port with a dockside that ships can berth next to, you have 
      to climb down the side of your large ship and move across into a small 
      wooden fishing boat (probably Gannet 3) which takes you ashore. If the 
      swell is too great it is too dangerous for this to happen... you will be 
      given life jackets but even so you don't want to end up in the drink!
      When you get to the steps again it depends on the swell as you have to 
      step from the rocking boat onto the steps.. the local men are really 
      helpful and hold your arms to  get you ashore but if the swell is too 
      great there is a safety issue for everyone.
      I hope you are able to go ashore, it is the most delightful island
      Good luck
      Caroline
      
      
      On 31/10/2011 7:30 AM, janet durnall wrote:
      > Hi everyone,
      > We are on a P & O cruise (Arcadia) due to dock at St Helena in April
      > 2012. My husbands family have very strong links with St Helena and we
      > are eager to explore, but we are told that not many ships manage to dock
      > due to the swell of the sea. Can anyone give us any information or
      > hope?? Regards, Ray and Janet Durnall
      >
      
      
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    • jcoyle@iinet.net.au
      Hi Janet et al - don t worry too much about being able to land at St. Helena ! I lived there from 1967-69, during which time I went on board most of the ships
      Message 2 of 7 , Nov 10, 2011
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        Hi Janet et al - don't worry too much about being able to land at St. Helena !  I lived there from 1967-69, during which time I went on board most of the ships that arrived as part of my job: some 20 or more.  During that time we only had one cruise ship where not everyone could come ashore, as there was a bit of a swell and the master would only let fit people come.  We never had anyone fall in, as the boatmen are very skilled at getting the boat to the steps and helping people off.
        The island is very beautiful, and the people amongst the kindest I have ever lived amongst, so please go for it!
        Sorry this is a little late, I am currently in Italy on holiday from Australia.

        John Coyle, in Lucca
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