Meanwhile I’ve dropped my hold luggage off at Table Bay Marine, done some last minute shopping and made arrangements for the Tristan da Cunha agent in Cape Town to pick me up and take me to the MV Baltic Trader at 1300 today, 22nd September. Its actually a small (82m length) cargo ship that takes up to 12 passengers as well as freight and its Russian crew.
Once on board there will be no further blogs until I land on Tristan. But I’ll do some off-line blogs, conditions allowing. Meantime you might like to do a bit of reading about Tristan yourself. Just in case you haven’t discovered it the main island website is www.tristandc.com There are loads of interesting stuff on this site – you just have to dig around a bit. Take a look at the Shipping Schedule on the Shipping page for example Just 10 Cape Town - Tristan return sailings a year!
Kew provides information about the vegetation at http://dps.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/Tristan/Home/Index Take a look at the Alien Plant Reports on the Resources page. Pretty interesting stuff. And there is a good general history site at www.btinternet.com/~sa_sa/tristan_da_cunha/tristan_history.html
Also see www.tristandacunha.org and www.tristantimes.com for more general information.
Here are a selection of photos from our holiday in Cape Town:
|We did see them - African Penguins - at Boulder Bay!|
|Living with the penguins at Boulder Bay, Rock Hyraxes - apparently the closest relative to the elephant.|
|Hydobanche sanguinea, nice eh!?|
|Baboon near Cape Point|
|Carpobrotus edulis, Hottentot Fig (I think)|