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The Last Royal Mail Ship to St. Helena

Every third week, a British Royal Mail ship begins its journey from Cape Town to St. Helena, the island in the Atlantic where Napoleon died in exile. One of the most isolated islands in the world, will a new airport open up Saint Helena to more tourism?

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It’s like the end of the world in the middle of the Atlantic. Five days, with a northwesterly course, and only then do the sheer black cliffs appear in front of RMS St. Helena. The residents are often waiting impatiently for the ship’s arrival and panic if the schedule changes. Director Thomas Denzel and his team went on the journey to St. Helena and met the people living on the island. Many of the residents are descendants of people who were sent into exile there by the British crown - the most famous among them, the French Emperor Napoleon. This is a report about life at the end of the world, unique vegetation, and a very special journey.

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