Next week will be a very rare chance to see one of the two remaining ocean-going Royal Mail Ships on a visit to London.
The Royal Mail Ship St Helena was built in 1989 specifically to supply the island of St Helena, a British Overseas Territory deep in the tropical South Atlantic.
The ship currently serves to carry post and cargo to the remote island, but is to be decommissioned as a postal vessel this year as an airport is being built on the island to replace it.
Like many of the Royal Mail Ships, she is also a passenger carrying vessel, so this is also a final farewell tour for passengers who are taking the chance for a rare visit by the ship to the UK.
She is due to arrive in London, and pass through Tower Bridge on 7th June at 4:45pm, leaving London on the 10th June at 5:45pm.
She will be moored up next to HMS Belfast, although not open to the public to visit, you can see the ship from the riverside.
Incidentally, the other remaining ocean going RMS ship cant visit London, as it’s a bit too big — it’s the RMS Queen Mary 2, a massive cruise liner.