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Latitude / Longitude:
15º 56’ S, 5º 43' W

Registrar of British Ships

Access and Shipping Directorate

St Helena Government

The Castle


Tel; +290 2477

Fax: +290 2598



St Helena

St Helena is a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic with an area of 43sq miles. It is 1,200 miles from the nearest land mass, Angola and 1,800 miles from Brazil.

It was discovered on 21 May 1502 by João da Nova and is named after Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great whose birthday was on that date.

Together with Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, these three UK Overseas Territories form 'St Helena and its Dependencies'.

St Helena has no airport at present and the islands only link to the outside world is the last remaining Royal Mail Ship, the RMS St Helena.

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