[Swiftwater Gazette] for Nautical Interest

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Thu Feb 2 10:46:08 EST 2017

Calling at the Remotest Port on Earth


Just days after enjoying the snow-covered paradise of South Georgia, HMS Portland crossed 1,650 miles of the South Atlantic to Tristan da Cunha,the most remote inhabited island on the planet.The island – at 38 square miles, the size of Coventry but with a population of just 265 – rises out of the South Atlantic 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited land: Saint Helena, another distant British territory. South Africa lies 1,500 miles to the east and South America 2,200 miles to the west. There’s no airport, just a small harbour (too small for HMS Portland, but not her boats). 

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