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  • gm6hgw@hotmail.com
    News From Tristan Dear Friends, I have this morning received a very nice letter from David and Doreen Swain. David is the bus driver on the island and we have
    Message 1 of 8 , Oct 19, 2001
      News From Tristan

      Dear Friends,

      I have this morning received a very nice letter from David and Doreen
      Swain. David is the bus driver on the island and we have kept in
      touch since Gail and I visited Tristan.

      In his letter David informs us that all the homes have now been
      repaired, although there is still some work to do on the hospital and
      village hall. David made no mention of anyone visiting the UK for
      training, so I am not able to ascertain if there will be anyone from
      the island over here at present.

      David also enclosed a first day cover envelope with stamps depicting
      the disaster relief work that has been going on since the hurricane.
      Most of the stamps indicate vessels and helicopters in Tristan waters
      or air space. So I would imagine that a lot of work has been going
      on and the islanders have been very busy.

      Take care and kindest regards to all, Colin Topping

      www.colinsmagic.com
    • penult@scn.org
      Colin, Thanks for the update. That is indeed good news. Let s hope that the weather is a bit more kind to them in the future, as so much depends on it for
      Message 2 of 8 , Oct 19, 2001
        Colin,

        Thanks for the update. That is indeed good news. Let's hope that the
        weather is a bit more kind to them in the future, as so much depends
        on it for them.

        As to the negative posts, I can only second your sentiments. With the
        possible exception of the unpleasant, but brief, exchange about relief
        fund raising effort which resulted in the unfortunate departure of
        Lorna Lavarello from the group, I have not witnessed anything but
        genuine interest, natural curiosity, and respectful references to the
        people of Tristan from this group. As I expressed to Lorna in an
        off-line communication, the only connection I have with the people of
        Tristan is the human one, and that is enough, I feel.

        BTW - I received your information re: DX clusters and such, and have
        been exploring that area as time allows. It certainly opens up a
        whole new world.

        Best regards,
        Robert McN. Phillips,
        Seattle, WA, USA
      • gm6hgw@hotmail.com
        Dear All, I have this morning received letters dated in October from Jimmy Glass (Chief Islander) and David and Doreen Swain. It would seem that the disaster
        Message 3 of 8 , Nov 27, 2001
          Dear All,

          I have this morning received letters dated in October from Jimmy
          Glass (Chief Islander) and David and Doreen Swain.

          It would seem that the disaster appeal raised the sum of 79, 936-08
          pounds Sterling. All the homes have been repaired but it would seem
          that considerable work has still to take place on the village hall.
          The roofing material, mostly asbestos sheeting is to be replaced with
          a more substantial material.

          David and I are both keen growers of vegetables and David has asked
          me to send him several varieties of vegetable seeds for his garden,
          which I will do once they become available from the seed merchants.

          Take care and regards to all, Colin Topping
        • Bob Conrich
          Information and regulations for intended visitors have been updated: http://www.tristantimes.com/art_3766.html http://www.tristantimes.com/art_3765.html
          Message 4 of 8 , Jan 12, 2007
            Information and regulations for intended visitors have been updated:
            http://www.tristantimes.com/art_3766.html
            http://www.tristantimes.com/art_3765.html


            Island's second oldest citizen has recently celebrated her 90th
            birthday. Photo of her and island's youngest citizen:
            http://www.tristantimes.com/art_3764.html


            And finally this article from this morning's edition of the St.
            Helena Independent:

            From Tristan da Cunha it has been reported that salvage
            operations are going well, with some 300 tons of scrap metal
            already removed to reduce weight and assist flotation of the
            rig structure. The divers may have to resort to drilling - or
            even blasting - a way through the reef on which the rig is
            stranded in order to float it out to sea.

            There have been unforeseen delays as the salvage team
            encounter and work around problems not anticipated during
            the original brief survey visit in October. It is understood that
            the Titan team are now looking at the spring tides on or around
            18 February as a suitable time to attempt the refloating and
            towing, and that they are rearranging their work programme
            accordingly.

            Hopefully the spring tides on 18th February will also be accompanied
            by light winds, rare on Tristan, but more likely at
            this time of year.
          • bobconrich
            New House for Catholic Priest on Tristan Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 12.06.2010 Work has progressed well on the house for the Catholic priest on a
            Message 5 of 8 , Jun 13, 2010
              New House for Catholic Priest on Tristan
              Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 12.06.2010

              Work has progressed well on the house for the Catholic priest on a site just below St Joseph’s church.

              The parishioners of St Joseph’s helped by some other members of the community had the wooden framework for the roof put up on May and the roof went on the following day. Luckily two fine days in a row enabled the work to be completed. The ladies of the church kept the men supplied with tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches on both days. Many thanks to all who contributed to the work getting done so quickly and to the ladies who supplied the eats and drinks.

              During the past week the windows have been fitted and work is progressing on the interior.

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              Tristan's Annual Ratting Day Results
              Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 12.06.2010

              Ratting Day was held on Friday 21st May. The day was fine with the lee at the Settlement but a bit of breeze at the patches. Overall thought it was a decent day and at least it didn’t rain.

              Fewer rats were caught this year than on previous years. This was the result of the project that has been in place for the past year with bait boxes of rat poison being put in the patches area to keep the rat population down. A total of 426 rat-tails were caught on the day. The prize of the most tails caught going to Bill’s Hill and the longest tail caught going to BIlls Hill and the Twitty Patch.
            • bobconrich
              I regret that the passage of Hurricanes Earl and Fiona through the Caribbean have prevented my posting these items from the 27 August edition of the St. Helena
              Message 6 of 8 , Sep 17, 2010
                I regret that the passage of Hurricanes Earl and Fiona through the Caribbean have prevented my posting these items from the 27 August edition of the St. Helena Independent. Thanks to them for these items. My internet connection problems continue intermittently.

                Bob Conrich
                Anguilla
                British West Indies

                Winter Storms Batter Calshot Harbour

                Winter storms culminating on a severe
                gale on 9th August have caused further
                damage to Tristan’s only harbour.
                A 1400 tonne concrete block at the end
                of the Western Breakwater (built during
                Operation Zest in 2008) has split,
                lifted and moved eastwards!. Administrator
                David Morley estimates the lifted
                portion to be over 200 tonnes in weight.
                Dollose blocks (which interlock to help
                dissipate the force of incoming waves
                from directly damaging the main harbour
                walls) were also washed into the
                harbour entrance.
                Fishing was suspended while the harbour
                entrance was checked to see if
                vessels may be at risk from dollose
                blocking the narrow channel. The harbour
                is now back in use and MV Edinburgh
                is scheduled to arrive at the end
                of August for the first extended 2010/
                11 fishing season trip. So it is vital that
                the harbour is accessible to unload passengers
                and cargo.
                What next?
                The damage also raises questions
                about the sustainability of the present
                Calshot Harbour. An alternative site, by
                the western edge of the 1961 lava flow
                and lagoon, was considered and originally
                priced at £16 million in 1999, A reassessment
                in 2004 by Halcrow consultants
                estimated revised costs at £21
                million which was deemed too expensive
                and instead the rehabilitation
                project was planned and a successful
                application for EU funds
                made, alongside contributions
                from DFID.
                It will be interesting to compare
                the total capital devoted to harbour
                rebuilding in the 2008-12
                period with that needed for an
                entirely new harbour. Nevertheless
                it must be made clear
                that there is no ideal harbour
                site. The Settlement Plain’s
                coastline is constantly changing
                and exposed to the prevailing northwest
                winds driving swells which change
                beach structures overnight and erode
                cliffs readily. Wherever the harbour is
                sited longshore drift will constantly infill
                the harbour entrance and any breakwaters
                constructed will themselves be
                eroded.
                It is understood that the August storm
                not only split the huge 1400 tonne block
                at the seaward end of the western breakwater,
                but also shifted the end 200 tonne
                block sideways and upwards, leaving
                avoid underneath into which dollose
                parts have been rammed. The shoreline
                geology is made up of lavas and
                pyroclastic deposits which do not offer
                stable foundations for harbour structures
                compared with the sedimentary rocks
                and granites typical of most continental
                environments.
                The western lagoon formed west of the
                1961 lava flow was in a more sheltered
                small bay, but as the front of the lava
                has been removed by erosion the modern
                coastline is reverting to a more even
                shape, with less shelter available, especially
                from easterly winds. Though
                deeper water lies nearer offshore, and
                the Tristan anchorage would be much
                closer to the proposed new harbour site,
                it would be further from the fishing factory
                and village for transport of goods.
                A road and harbour infra-structure
                (cranes, storage, etc) would been to be
                re-built. The new site would also need
                to need to consider changes to the village’s
                present sewage outflow and
                drainage systems. No panacea here.
                So it may be likely that, whatever the
                merits of a new harbour, essential repair
                work to the present Calshot Harbour
                to make sure it can be used for
                fishing boats and to service ships at
                anchor, will need to be planned and
                carried out.
                Administrator David Morley

                Farewell to Father Chris
                Father Chris Brown served as Anglican Priest on Tristan for three years from July 2007 - July 2010

                Father Chris held a farewell party at
                the Post Office and Tourism Centre on
                19th July 2010.
                Guests included the St Marys Church
                Council and Lay Ministers with their
                spouses and a few of Father Chris’
                very close friends.
                A buffet was served which included
                crayfish tarts with a variety of drinks.
                It was a lovely occasion when Father
                Chris had the opportunity to thank
                everyone for his stay here
                and present each of the Lay Ministers
                with a small gift to remember him by.
                Fr Chris was then presented with a gift
                on behalf on St Mary’s Church and was
                thanked for his service to the community
                as priest. Dawn Repetto
              • Bob Conrich
                Event in Glasgow on 1st November 2013 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Re-Settlement of Tristan da Cunha We are delighted to publicise a unique and
                Message 7 of 8 , Sep 26, 2013
                  Event in Glasgow on 1st November 2013
                  to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Re-Settlement of Tristan da Cunha

                  We are delighted to publicise a unique and important Tristan da Cunha event
                  organised by Dr Ray Burnett and his daughter Dr Kathryn Burnett
                  to be held in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Friday 1st November
                  to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Re-Settlement of Tristan in November 1963.

                  The event is fully sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and the Scottish Centre
                  for Island Studies (SCIS).
                  Therefore there is a rare opportunity for those able to travel to attend free of charge,
                  including refreshments as outlined in the programme below.

                  However, tickets are strictly limited and should be reserved immediately
                  by contacting Kathryn Burnett on:
                  Kathryn.Burnett@...

                  The event is sure to attract wide interest and is highly recommended for any Tristan da Cunha
                  enthusiasts. Details at:

                  http://www.tristandc.com/glasgowtristan2013event.php

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                  Farewell Reception given by Sean and Marina Burns on Saturday 21st September.
                  Report and photos from Dawn Repetto

                  On Saturday 21st September Administrator Sean Burns and his wife Marina held a
                  reception for islanders and visitors in the Prince Philip Hall. Sean gave a
                  speech thanking everybody for his three years on Tristan and he welcomed the
                  Agulhas visitors and the new Administrator Alex Mitham and his wife Hasene.
                  There was a very good turnout and it was followed afterwards with a dance.
                  Everyone had a great time dancing the night away. Photos at:

                  http://www.tristandc.com/newscommunity13.php

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                  Postage stamp news:

                  http://www.tristandc.com/postoffice.php

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                  Entertaining the Agulhas visitors:

                  http://www.tristandc.com/newsagulhas2013.php

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                  Introducing the Thatched House Museum's new Curator Shirley Squibb

                  Shirley is the latest member of staff to be recruited to work in the Post
                  Office and Tourism Centre.

                  Shirley is shown here in traditional dress to add an authentic atmosphere
                  when she opens the Museum to visitors.

                  Photos from Tina Glass show the new sign and views of the museum, and
                  Shirley shows visitors around the house in style. See:

                  http://www.tristandc.com/thatchedhousenews.php

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                  Farewell Drinks For Marina Burns
                  Report from Tina Glass

                  On Tuesday 17th September the Post Office and Tourism staff invited Marina
                  Burns for a farewell drink in appreciation for all her help. Over the past
                  three years Marina has voluntary help out on numerous occasions at the Post
                  Office and Tourism Centre.

                  The staff all were very grateful and appreciated all her hard work and time
                  she gave up to help. Marina fitted right in and became a valued special
                  friend… So special she is now a tiddy.

                  Thank you tiddy Marina for everything and good luck for the future. Come
                  back see us soon……

                  Photo: http://www.tristandc.com/visitsnews.php


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                  Robert S. Conrich, ACIArb
                  Box 666
                  Anguilla bob@...
                  British West Indies Tel: 1 264 497 2505
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                • Bob Conrich
                  The Mystical Island of Tristan da Cunha by Lloyd Peter Blake, with photos
                  Message 8 of 8 , Apr 10, 2014
                    "The Mystical Island of Tristan da Cunha"
                    by Lloyd Peter Blake, with photos

                    http://lloydpeterblake.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/the-mystical-island-of-tristan-da-cunha/


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                    And from the official website:
                    April Shipping Update: One delayed vessel arrives, another on its way


                    Baltic Trader Arrives
                    Report from Cynthia Green and Hasene Mitham

                    The Baltic Trader was scheduled to depart Cape Town on Thursday 27th March but it didn't leave until
                    about midday on Sunday 30th March. It arrived at Tristan on Monday 7th April, anchoring at 07.00 GMT
                    and offloading passengers two hours later. Poor weather prevented further cargo being unloaded after
                    the gas bottles on Monday and it is hoped all the considerable load can be brought ashore in a 12
                    day slot before the ship must return to Cape Town.

                    Arriving at Tristan were the following passengers: Islanders Marion Collins, Yvonne Glass, Jody,
                    Shirley & Charlie Squibb, and Asturias (Tordy) Repetto, Dr. Iain Levack, Dr. Anja Smit, Jim Kerr
                    (Education Adviser), Achmat Osman (Table Bay Marine Representative) and Nikolay Dimitrov.



                    MV Plancius Delayed
                    Based on a report from Dawn Repetto

                    MV Plancius was due to visit Tristan da Cunha on 6th-8th April during its annual Atlantic Odyssey
                    cruise from Ushuaia to Ascension Island via Tristan and St Helena. The ship was forced to travel
                    from South Georgia to the Falklands to drop of a passenger needing urgent medical treatment. It was
                    feared the ship would simply miss out Tristan, but the cruise has been re-scheduled and MV Plancius
                    is now expected to arrive on 11th April. MV Plancius is the last planned cruise ship of the 2013-14
                    season and the only cruise ship which schedules an annual visit to the Tristan da Cunha Islands.



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                    Robert S. Conrich, ACIArb
                    Box 666
                    Anguilla bob@...
                    British West Indies Tel: 1 264 497 2505
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