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Royal Mail Ship St Helena to Retire

A historic piece of UK shipping infrastructure is retiring, but franking and address solutions from Pitney Bowes will continue to ensure smooth sailing for your mail and parcels.

Posted on, January 20, 2016, by Wendy Laursen.


RMS St Helena will be missed dearly when she retires this year after 26 years of service.  

The RMS St Helena is one of the last three remaining Royal Mail Ships in operation and has been servicing the British Overseas Territory Island of St Helena Island and her dependencies for the past 26 years.

St Helena lies in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometres (1,210 miles) west of the Kunene River which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa.

RMS St Helena first came into service in 1990 and primarily shuttles between the St Helena Island, neighbouring Ascension Island and Cape Town.  

Other than the sporadic international cruise ship visit over the years, the RMS St Helena has been St Helena’s only constant link with the outside world. It’s a legacy that will come to an end this year as the island will open its first airport.

The current RMS St Helena was built by Hall, Russell & Company in Aberdeen, and is Registered Class 1 passenger/cargo ship. She is British registered, 6,767 gross tons and has berths for a maximum of 156 passengers plus 56 officers and crew.


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