Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the United Kingdom version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > October-December 16 (76) > Time travel

Time travel

St Helena Island has just completed its first airport. To experience it before the arrival of package tours, Justin Fox boarded one of the world’s last Royal Mail ships in Cape Town for a voyage to the land that time forgot
With its stark volcanic coastline and verdant interior, St Helena is often referred to as an ‘emerald set in bronze’.

We don’t do tickles to fine leg!” came a shout from the stern. The passengers were not doing well. Five wickets down and a paltry 23 runs to show for it. Besides, overzealous batters had already landed two balls in the drink: no runs and out. The sun deck aboard the RMS St Helena had become a village green and the cricket match between passengers and officers was hotting up. Support from non-playing passengers and cheesy pop music over the speakers belied a tense encounter for the ‘South Atlantic Ashes’.

Most of the passengers were Saints returning to their home — St Helena, one of the world’s remotest isles, lying 1950km off Angola and 2900km off Brazil. The islanders on board had played many a game of deck cricket in their time. They were fiercely competitive. The batting improved, despite some negative bowling down the leg side, unconvincingly blamed on the roll of the ship. Then the sailors brought their pace man into the attack. Wickets fell; the tide turned against the passengers. In the end, it was another resounding win for the officers.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Travel Africa - October-December 16 (76)
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - October-December 16 (76)
Or 399 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only £ 2.75 per issue
Or 1099 points

View Issues

About Travel Africa

Transfixed by Ethiopia • Lake Kariba • Kolmanskop, Namibia's ghost town • South Africa on a shoestring • Looking for lemurs in Madagascar • Kenya's keepers of the wild • Why Bengweulu is so bewitching • Remote Ruaha • Sail away to St Helena • Chimps in Uganda • Picture-perfect Tuli... and much more!