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28 November 2012
Antarctica research ship visits St Helena
RRS Ernest Shackleton anchored in St Helena
RRS Ernest Shackleton anchored in James Bay, St Helena

Kimberley Yon-Roberts, SHBC

The Royal Research Ship the RRS 'Ernest Shackleton' arrived in St. Helena at 7:30 am on Wednesday 28 November.

The vessel is registered in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and operated by the British Antarctic Survey. She is primarily a logistics ship used for the resupply of scientific stations in Antarctica. Russell A Covey, a steward on the vessel stepped ashore and we asked him where he was off to next, "to Cape Town for a couple of days, to get stores, fuel for our vessel and then resupply our vessels in Antarctica." Before the RRS arrived on island she picked up stores from Portsmouth in Hampshire and Russell explained she stopped here enroute to her destination. Russell was questioned on his worst sailing experience on board the vessel in which he remarked metaphorically touching wood "nothing yet young lady." This is his 53rd time on board a vessel, being at sea since the late 70's.

Corinne Hazard a cadet who joined the vessel in October told us how she is being taught how to basically run the ship. Corinne commented that the next job will be to pick up scientists from Cape Town and transport them to Antarctica.

The RRS 'Ernest Shackleton' was scheduled to depart St. Helena at midnight on 28 November.


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