The RMS St. Helena
The last operating Royal Mail Ship
So why is our ship the 'RMS' St. Helena? Why not just the 'St. Helena'?
RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship, and shows that she is a seagoing vessel that carries mail under contract by Royal Mail. The designation dates back to 1840 - also the year in which the Penny Black stamp was introduced. Famous ships carrying the designation RMS have included
Having the designation "RMS" was valued by ship owners because it was seen as a mark of quality by customers - the mail had to be on time.
About our RMS
The RMS St. Helena is the last ship to carry the designation which actually carries mail (the Queen Mary 2 has the designation but is a cruise ship and does not provide a scheduled mail delivery service). She
The RMS maintains many of the traditions of the ocean liner era, including the captain’s cocktail party in the main lounge, the traditional crossing the line ceremony and a cricket match on deck between passengers and crew.
For more information on the RMS St. Helena, or to book a passage, please see her website at www.rms-st-helena.com. For more about the history of Royal Mail Ships see the Royal Mail Ship page on Wikipedia.