Thursday January 26th – Day 22
A little history lesson: St. Helena was discovered by a Portuguese navigator on May 21st 1502 which is the feast day of St. Helena. It is the second oldest remaining British territory after Bermuda and the capital Jamestown was founded in 1659 by the English East India Company and named after James, Duke Of York, the future King James II of England.
We took the scenic St. Helena tour leaving Jamestown harbour and driving up the narrow, steep and tortuous roads to our first stop – Napoleon’s Tomb. Napoleon had been exiled here after his defeat at the battle of Waterloo and died here in 1821 although his remains were later taken to the Invalides in Paris in 1841.
Next stop was the governor’s residence The Plantation House but everyone was more interested in meeting the island’s oldest resident – Jonathan the tortoise reputed to be 180 years old.
Back down in Jamestown we strolled around the town exploring the shops and chatting to the locals – they don’t get many visitors dropping in here – and then said hello to the local “bobbies” (policemen) one of whom had served two years in the Gloucester police force back in the UK which is quite close to our home in Bristol – small world!! As we had missed our noon day beer onboard we found the local pub where we quenched our thirst with the local brew.