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MAR. 23 – GEORGETOWN, ASCENSION ISLAND

BRITISH OVERSEAS PROTECTORATE

sunny 85 °F

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We’ve sailed 800 miles northwest from St. Helena to arrive at Ascension Island, about midway between Africa and Brazil!

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Though the water looked calm and beautiful our visit to the island had to be cancelled.

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The tide was high and tenders would not be able to safely bring guests to shore at the rudimentary dock.

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We had all received our one-day landing permits, with strict warnings not to go outside the town!

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The island’s strategic location is and has been used by the British and the Americans for military purposes. The long runway was an alternate landing place for the Space Shuttle and is still a NASA tracking station.

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The first underwater telegraph cable between South Africa , Brazil and Europe ran through Ascension Island.

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But, we didn’t go. One speaker, addressing the disappointed guests, quipped – given the secret nature of the island, was it really there…..or was it a hologram …..sort of like Brigadoon.

Posted by Swenigale 04:22 Archived in Ascension Island

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