|Professor Molchanov's final visit |
Regular cruise ship visitor Professor Molchanov made what is believed to be her last visit to Tristan da Cunha 9-11 April 2010. Arriving in bad weather on Friday 9t, it wasn't until Sunday 11th that the harbour could be used, but in weather that prevented any passengers landing. This was the final cruise ship visit of a most disappointing 2009-10 summer season
The Professor was photographed right on 10th April by David Morley.
|Tourism Coordinator Dawn Repetto reports on the visit of the cruise ship Professor Molchanov |
The Molchanov was due to arrive here on Friday 9th April. Unfortunately weather predictions did not look good so she slowly cruised up from Gough and arrived here late afternoon. Indeed weather was miserable Friday and Saturday and we all waited in deep anticipation that Sunday would bring a better day.
Sunday morning arrived and although weather had calmed and the harbour was like a lake, there was still a strong wind blowing causing quite a heavy swell beside the ship. The Captain and Expedition leader decided it was not suitable to land passengers so we decided to see if we could get our passenger Sue Scott, Immigration and Posts and Handicrafts aboard. The Search and Rescue Rib was taken to the harbour and all parties were taken aboard. A pilot ladder had to be used as weather was not suitable for the gangway.
The party stayed aboard for half a day and passengers were so pleased to be able to buy a souvenir from Tristan, the most popular item being the knitted penguins. The party left the ship at 1.30 pm bringing lots of postcards to be posted and the Professor Molchanov departed to do a cruise of the outer islands before leaving for St Helena.
This is our last Cruise Ship until the Bremen in December. The Concordia was also due to visit us but unfortunately she sank of the
coast of Brazil. All on Tristan were saddened by this news but were glad there was no loss of life. Our sincerest wishes go out to the ship's company. We hope next year will bring more cruise ships, calmer seas and sunny skies.
|Loss of SV Concordia shocks Islanders |
The loss of SV Concordia to freak weather conditions off Brazil on 17th February 2010 shocked Islanders who were looking forward to the ship's visit. So the island only now expects two cruise ships to call during the 2009-10 season and hopes for good weather so that passengers can come ashore and enjoy Tristan's famous hospitality.
See report of the loss of SV Concordia on our Shipping News Page.