Sailing St.Helena

Chris White, cousin of this Blogger, Victor Brumby (EU38)  is close to completion of his round-the-world sail with his wife and grown family.      Asked if  he would pay special attention to our specialist subject when they landed on Saint Helena, he has sent this set of shots from the South Atlantic (via the clever and simple system, DROPBOX).    Readers are recommended to use it  for sending  large quantities of data/pictures about – all free from the Web.

SAINT HELENA

We see that the island is now registering in the 3000’s.   10 years ago, there were 2000 cars on the island, so it’s just possible that another 1500 or so have arrived in the meantime.      Sounds a bit crowded!      Apparently there is no wharf or harbour, and all heavy cargo has to be lowered from ships which come as close as they dare,  to small island craft to be brought ashore, presumably to a beach.

Most of these are models which have disappeared from British roads, due to age, but presumably, cars do such little mileage on this small island, with so few roads………

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SG 104.       Our first picture of the most recent St. Helena Government series employing reflective white/yellow plates.

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26      The only St. Helena plate ever seen by EU38 in England in the 1970s.   The Hillman Avenger (made 1970-76) belonged to the radio operator at the Government House on Ascension.    After such a two-year tour, such personnel were re-stationed elsewhere, usually at embassies or High Commissions, and their well-travelled private cars sometimes had a selection of odd plates in the boots!      Hanslope, near Northampton, was their home station and great spotting was to be had outside the high-security country house at going-home time.     (Brumby archive)

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And while we’re in the South Atlantic, here are two of  Mike Oldham’s pictures from a visit to Falkland in 2011.   Until the serial letter was added to these plates in 1968,  they used identical number-only plates to those of St. Helena

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F 111 D has a bit of history behind it!      Brumby archive

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