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The Independent is heavy on diving this will decide about the salvage rights to underwater heritage sites is at stake.
week. The team from Deeptrek arriv- the White Lion it is important that they The decision is yours. Also see page
ing today with a proposal to dive on the do it with open eyes. These people are 3, 4 and 20 for more.
White Lion, will have to answer a lot of looking after their own pockets, not St
questions during their week on the Is- Helena’s heritage. If our Government is Mike
land. The St Helena Independent has happy with that approach - by all means
heard from several archaeologists dur- go ahead. One of St Helena’s major
ing the week. Several of them have ex-
pressed grave concerns over St
Helena’s underwater heritage and the Ascension Property Question
principles of modern salvage. Any div-
ing on the White Lion will be a large
operation with a lot of equipment in- Over the last six months, the discus- in the future. Solomon’s Managing Di-
volved and a lot of money at stake. Our sions have continued over the refusal rector, Neil Whilshire, is under the im-
visitors from Deeptrek will even have of the British Government to give right pression that the case should be set-
representatives from a venture capital of abode and property rights on Ascen- tled outside court, whilst the Attorney
company with them to help establish sion. Lately is has gone quiet but the General holds the view that it will be
how financially gainful the operation can problem has not been solved. British dealt with in the next session of the
be. There is no doubt that it is the po- Government says that nobody, except Supreme Court.
tential profit that is driving there people the Crown can own, and hold title to,
to salvage wrecks all over the world. property on Ascension Island. Still, sev- Last week in the UK Parliament a ques-
Maybe they can shoot a underwater film eral organisations like Solomon’s, Ob- tion was raised about property rights on
at the same time, which might give a sidian and even the Church have docu- Ascension and the FCO Secretary of
small amount of money but the bulk of mentation suggesting that they, for State for Europe said that “Various or-
the revenues from the project would years, have been rightful owners of their ganisations on Ascension (the Users)
come from the artefacts they can find premises on Ascension. The Ascension have the physical use or occupation of
on the White Lion to sell overseas. Island Government, lead by His Excel- various parcels of land by consent of
Some archaeologists would call this lency the Governor and the Attorney the Crown but the Crown, in right of
‘looting’ and would never work on a General, Ken Baddon, has, by every Ascension Island, holds the freehold of
project which was not purely based on mean tried to uphold the position of the all domestic dwellings on Ascension Is-
historical fact finding. Other profession- British Government by effusing to reg- land. Ascension has a system of regis-
als would call it something else. There ister any claim to property on Ascen- tered title to land; all land, including do-
is no doubt that the people from sion. The Registrar of Land on Ascen- mestic dwellings, is registered as free-
Deeptrek have a lot of experience in sion is the Attorney General. He has hold land owned by the Crown; there
their field. The Independent managed said that the documentation in the pos- are no registered leasehold interests on
to track several salvage companies session of the property owners was domestic dwellings on Ascension Is-
where members of the Deeptrek team signed by an unauthorised person. land.” However, Ascension Island Gov-
have been involved. Among them a Solomon & Co, who paid a large sum ernment has entered into arrangements
company called Discovery International of money for property on Ascension, with four individuals to occupy proper-
and another one called Planet Ocean have tried to challenge the Attorney ties on the basis that they are conduct-
Exploration. The Deeptrek website, General’s refusal to register their prop- ing business which is deemed to be
www.deeptrek.net, does not mention the erties. One case relation to the Solo- essential to the functioning of the Is-
name of anybody responsible for the mon property was lodged to the Su- land.”
operation or anybody working within the preme Court earlier this year but was
company. The only name that could be put off in the last session of the court It will be interesting to see who is right-
traced was Mr Jay Usher, who is arriv- due to lack of time. During the week it the people that believed that they owned
ing on the Island today, as he owns the has expired that Solomons and the At- their property, or the British Govern-
domain of their website. torney General have vastly different ment.
Whatever the St Helena Government views on what will happen with this case
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side upon the Bow of the same Caracke, and so racked her
White Lion afore and aft, that it much cooled the Portugals’ courage. Then
came the White Lion, whereof one Simons was Captaine, and
calls from laid her thwart the hause, and so tare her that a man might see
all the sea wash into her betweene wind and water, and withall
the depths cut her Cables, and so she drove off from the White Lion, and
had driven on shoare, but that the Vice-Admirall Caracke had
a cable fast on shoare; and so the Caracke lying in the byte of
this Cable, in time got another Cable and Anchor readie, and
so brought her up againe, though long first. Then the White
Lion making way to veer aboard again, with a generall consent
that all three ships should lay her aboord: the White Lion fall-
ing with her broad-side along the Vice-Admirall Carack, let flye
her whole Broad-side, and likewise the Caracke at her. But
still veering to get aboord the Admirall Caracke, his men still
plying his lower ordnance upon the Vice Admiral, one of his
peeces broke over his powder roome, as some thought, and
the ship blew up all to pieces, and after part of her, and so
sunke presently. In the time of this flight eleven of our men
came out of the Mountaines: whom we espying fetched from
the shoare, out of the bay to the eastward of the chappell,
leaving on shoare fifteen of our Companie, one being an In-
dian. In the White Lion were Henrie Bacon, and Henrie
Teddiman blowne up, and nine and fortie of the Hollanders.
Then the Admirall, whereof John Derrickson Lambe was
Captaine, seeing his forces so much weakened, himself hav-
ing two of his Peeces dismounted, with many of his men killed
and hurt, and we being of small force, thought it best to leave
them, for want of helpe, promising to furnish us with water.
The following is a contemporary account of the White Li- “The third of June, loosing one after another, and changing a
on’s sinking in the Moorings on June 1st, 1613, recorded few shots with the Carackes, we stood away for England.”
by one Samuel Castleton, who was travelling back to Eu-
rope at the time with the Dutch fleet. Castleton describes * The word ‘caracke’is a corruption of ‘carrack’, a Portuguese
the sea battle between the Dutch and the Portuguese as term for a masted fighting ship, meaning much the same as
follows: the Spanish word ‘galleon’.
“The first of June, all these ships, the Salomon and four great The above is an extract from St Helena 500: a Chronological
Hollanders departed from the Roads of St Helena. But within History of the Island by Percy Teale and Robin Gill, (pub: St
foure houres after they were gone, there came about the point Helena Heritage Society).
two great Carackes,* the other ships being still in sight. We
having most part of our Companie ashoare sicke, I sent the
boat on shoare, having not above ten men aboard: so there
came as many as were able, some of our soundest men being
up in the Mountaines. When the Boat was come aboord, we
cut our cables in the hause and drove away, setting sayle as
fast as we were able, being in all but sixe and twentie men;
having left behind us sicke and sound five and twentie men of
our owne Companie, and one Indian, with all our water Caskes,
and divers other things for the use of our sicke men were left
on shoare. So hastening toward the Hollanders, and making
signes for their stay, and within night coming up with the Admirall
of the Hollanders, and telling him of this newes, hee was very
glad, and desired to make saile for the Road againe, and made
signes to his Fleet to follow, and so stood for the Road as wind
would serve. But in the morning his biggest ship both of force
and burthen was missing, with the Salomon of London. Yet
these three ships and we plyed it up for the Roade, and gat in
the third day at noone. The Admirall of the Hollanders went
first in, and anchored on the broad side of the Admirall Caracke.
He veered so much Cable before hee brought up his ship, that
his sterne hung by the galleries of the Caracke: but with his
two sterne peeces lying very low, and his quarter Peeces he
so galled the Caracke, that he put from her two peeces of ‘Delft’ pottery salvaged (looted?) from the White Lion
Ordnance, and might have sunke her, if they had not been too by a Duch diving team in 1978.
covetous, having desire to carrie both. The next came the
Bantam, and anchored in such sort, that she had her Broad- Continued on NEXT PAGE
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that the first pair of divers into the water It took three days to recover the cannon,
which had to be dug out of the sand.
White Lion calls the next morning confirmed the find
within two minutes of leaving the surface, Progress was hampered by a gentle cur-
rent that filled in our excavation work
from the depths after which another five pairs of divers
photographed or cleared away some of between dives.
the sand around the cannon. Even with three one-tonne bags fully in-
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Due to the lack of recompression facili- flated, the sea was reluctant to give up
ties and no prospect of evacuation - be- its treasure. Only after some vigorous
A report by the RAF diving cause the island has no airfield - we re- rocking by a couple of the divers did the
team, working on the stricted ourselves to a 40m maximum cannon commence its ballistic rise to the
and no decompression diving, save for surface.
White Lion in 1998
precautionary stops. The three large orange lifting bags break-
“Discovering a magnificent 400-year- We reported the find to the Governor of ing the surface was a spectacular sight.
old bronze cannon in the waters off the island and after some discussion it Immediately, one of the boats moved in
St Helena was just the start of the ad- was decided that we could recover the to secure a line to our precious load.
venture - the expedition team of RAF cannon - an exciting but daunting pros- Then we started the slow drive back to
divers then set about recovering their pect for us. After all, while we had all the quayside which, remarkably, was only
remarkable find. Paul Hutchins re- carried out lifting exercises before, no 500m away - such a treasure so close to
When was the last time you found a Elation is an understatement of what we
bronze cannon, more than 3m long and felt at that time, and the true beauty of
weighing nearly two tonnes? For myself our find wasn’t realised until we had
and 11 colleagues, it was in April of this rested the cannon by the quayside ready
year on the far-flung British dependency to be lifted by crane a couple of days later.
of St Helena, in the South Atlantic, 1500 We dived the now shallow site to take a
miles off the coast of Africa. closer look and marvel at the cannon’s
One of the aims of our expedition to this condition. There was little encrustation,
tiny island was to dive on the site of the the lifting eyes were in the shape of leap-
wreck of the Witte Leeuw (White Lion), ing dolphins, and we could make out writ-
a Dutch East Indiaman that sank in ing which appeared to be Dutch. Even
Jamestown Bay in 1613. the date of manufacture wasthere: 1604.
Picture the scene: three inflatable boats The last phase of the recovery was on to
are moored over the approximate site of the quayside so that we could present it
the wreck, and the first three pairs of to the Governor and the island. With the
divers enter the water. After 20 minutes, exception of the crane having to “bounce”
they all return to report that they have the cannon closer to the harbour wall so
indeed dived on the remains of a wooden one had done one on something so valu- that the crane’s reach could manage the
ship protruding from the fine sand at a able, or under so much scrutiny. load, everything went smoothly. After
depth of 35m, and on top of the sand While preparations were made, some of about 20 minutes, a beautiful bronze can-
are three ferrous cannons - in short, a us investigated the possible source of non was mounted on to a gun carriage
site that offered some promise. our find. The White Lion was in a party for all to marvel at.
Meanwhile, the anchor on one of the of four ships on her way home to the The cannon is currently being kept in a
boats has dragged and then snagged on Netherlands from the Far East with a freshwater tank on the quayside and
an obstacle. The divers from that boat cargo of spices, porcelain and diamonds. regularly flushed out. The intention is to
descend, intending to free the anchor, On arriving at St Helena to take on sup- put it on permanent display in the public
then find their way to the wrecksite. plies, they came across two Portuguese gardens once restoration work is com-
But by the time they reach the anchor it carracks at anchor in the harbour - the plete.
has freed itself and they are mid-water, Portuguese and Dutch were not the best Despite an extensive maritime history,
with the bottom visible below but too of friends. the island being a favoured stop-over
deep. They free swim, following the slope The Portuguese put up a better fight, point for ships of all sizes and origins prior
up to shallower water. sinking the White Lion and severely dam- to the opening of the Suez Canal, St
Once they are at 35m, they profile along aging another. The other two Dutch ships Helena sadly lacks evidence of its mari-
the sand in the hope of finding the site. quickly fled, bruised but in one piece. time heritage. This cannon, we hope, will
But after 12 minutes they still haven’t That was the last of the White Lion until go some way to rectifying that.
found it, although at the edge of their Belgian salvor Robert Stenuit managed The project recently achieved a prestig-
vision something appears to be sticking to find the wreck in 1976 while following ious runner-up award in the Duke of Ed-
out of the sand. up on his research. He recovered much inburgh’s Prize, which recognises the
Knives are unsheathed and a quick of its porcelain and some of the bronze best underwater scientific projects car-
scrape of the protuberance reveals it to cannons. ried out by BSAC members.
be made of bronze. After his successful salvage operation, Would we go again? Too right. There may
Did we believe them when they sur- which was reported in National Geo- be other cannons, porcelain - even those
faced? Not likely, and as it had been the graphic in November 1978, the site was diamonds. There are also the other
second deep dive of the day, we would left alone, save for the occasional dive wrecks we briefly explored, and there is
have to wait until the following day to by islanders. So our find was a complete a story about 23 ships that went down in
confirm the find. surprise, not only to ourselves but to the Jamestown Harbour one stormy night
Such was the accuracy of our transits island as well. during the last century! “
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Dear Independent, the St Helena desk of OTD. If they are scavengers to destroy the site looking
Last week’s paper contained a strong doing any advising, they are doing it very for diamonds and things they can sell.
front page and an unconvincing St quietly. The treasure is in the archaeological
Helena Government press release. The Without going into detail, the codes of record, not the trinkets. And the ar-
press release was full of the type of ethics of all professional societies of chaeological record is the very thing
smoke-screen logic often used by SHG archaeologists prohibit treating recov- they will be destroying.
– for example, “Why screen workers ered artefacts as items of commerce. National Geographic Magazine has
when you don’t intend to screen the They are the heritage of the people of, done more to inspire the destruction of
10,000 tourists that will arrive as a re- in this case, St. Helena, and are the archaeological sites than any other sin-
sult of the airport”. They deliberately mis- property of its government or designated gle organisation in the world. They are
understand that this is about minimis- public museum. It should remain in St. not a reference; they are the problem.
ing risk in an area that they do have con- Helena. All of it. “All” means “every part, This is my personal opinion, but every
trol over, namely contractors and their without any exceptions.” This concept ethical archaeologist I know of agrees
workers. DFID and SHG have success- was initially difficult for me to grasp. I with me.
fully kept the outside world out of St had a lot of questions, most of them The development of UNESCO’s Con-
Helena for the last 30 years, and curi- starting with, “But how about if we...” I vention on the Protection of the Under-
ously seem to fear Shelco more than an am sometimes a slow learner, but I was water Cultural Heritage has increasingly
Aids epidemic. The results of your sur- finally made to realize that it means “all.” drawn the attention and interest of both
vey suggest that Exco should be calling As far as I was able to determine during the general public and a wide variety of
for a referendum rather than giving in to my seven weeks in St. Helena I am the user groups. The United Nations Con-
what is seen as outside pressure. only member of an ethical archaeology vention has spearheaded a world man-
Regards group to ever have visited St. Helena. I date to prohibit commercial exploitation
Nick Thorpe am not an archaeologist and was not of underwater cultural heritage and im-
there for any such purpose, but have prove the effectiveness of international,
Dear Independent, been involved in the protection of un- regional, and national efforts to man-
Treasure hunters dressed as archae- derwater cultural resources in my home age and preserve these assets in per-
ologists are threatening the 1613 wreck island and appreciate the ethical and petuity. The international treaty was
of the Dutch Eastindiaman Witte Leeuw, legal issues involved. passed by an overwhelming majority of
the White Lion, which was carrying dia- No professional survey of the Witte participating countries in 2001.
monds. No one in St. Helena seems to Leeuw has ever been done. It is utter One important concern, shared particu-
know the difference between a treas- and irresponsible nonsense to discuss larly by the US, UK and Russia, involves
ure hunter and an archaeologist. They artefact recovery until this is done, pref- issues of sovereign immunity for
have gone to the Governor, who seems erably by a well-recognised university. sunken State vessels and warships as
to view them as an opportunity rather All professional archaeologists who are well as the security and freedom of their
than looters and plunderers. This whole members of ethical groups are prohib- armed forces to operate in the high
thing is unethical and contravenes the ited from working on projects where seas without interference. The US is
policies of every professional archaeo- anything gets sold. Treasure hunters all also especially worried about jeopard-
logical society and university. use the word “archaeology,” and virtu- ising the economic interests of its
Their website makes much of their ally all their claims are false and mis- thriving commercial and recreational
“team” and their professionalism but the leading, and are intended to defraud the diving industry. The UK, for its part,
only name I saw is that of their artist. people and their leaders and all who objected to the Convention’s extension
Who is their archaeologist, what are his come after us. All of them use the bo- of mandatory protection to all ship-
or her professional qualifications and gus argument that recovery is urgent, wrecks over 100 years old, preferring
what professional organizations does lest what remains is destroyed forever. the approach of its own Protection of
he or she belong to? In the present case, we have been told Wrecks Act, which applies only to
The people who should be advising the that what has been lying there since wrecks of ‘historical, archaeological or
Governor are the Department of Cul- 1613 is suddenly threatened with de- artistic importance’.
ture, Media and Sport, with help from struction unless you allow untrained
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engineers filled up the external house denly brake as they approach the bend
wall with metres on gravel, in order pro- in the road, and this puts a huge, jud-
vide secure footings for the new road. dering strain on the road surface.
When I first came here in 1980 I com- With the development of tried and tested
plained to PWD about the legality of the methods in quantity surveying, it is now
road. Even then I felt it was destroying possible for any reasonably intelligent
my house. At that time the lower walls person to calculate how much strain a
were being pushed down by the weight structure can safely bear. If you know
of the road. I asked PWD to secure the the thickness of a wall; the type of brick
road, rather than using an ancient, pri- or stone from which it is made; the pro-
vate wall built of mud and stone as a portion of sand to cement used in the
support. There was no response, how- mortar; how deep the footings are; and
ever – they ignored everything! In the how much steel has been used as rein-
Continued from PREVIOUS page meantime, my neighbour’s wall fell forcement, then you should be able to
St. Helena seems to have no laws of its through for exactly the same reason. On calculate the strength of that structure:
own covering this kind of institutional- top of this, a few weeks ago a car - it’s not rocket science. My nephew
ised theft, although English law may crashed and ended up going into the builds bridges for a living, so I know this.
apply. But since the Witte Leeuw hasn’t roof of my house. The whole wall was It is possible to predict whether a sur-
been “designated” under the Protection damaged and pushed in. PWD sent in face is capable of supporting vehicles
of Wrecks Act, it is of little immediate a team of men to restore the wall, but of a certain weight that are travelling at
help. Well, maybe not. If the Act is we were not consulted at any point of a certain speed.
operative in St. Helena, the Executive the process. I have been corresponding recently with
Council could call upon the Governor I have to stress that it is not only my wife officials at a fairly high level, and I am
to designate the wreck. I don’t think he’d and I who have suffered anxiety as a hopeful that some kind of agreement
respond by allowing people to loot the result of the threat of the house collaps- might be reached in the near future. It
site while he considers making the des- ing: - the Hussey School was rented out is my sincere wish this matter should be
ignation. for some years, and the tenants were concluded as soon as possible. I only
If I may paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, so distressed by the excessive vibration want to see a happy issue to my anxie-
what is looting if you call it archaeology? and movement caused by passing traf- ties. There is nothing more I would wish
Answer: looting. Calling looting “archae- fic that they filed a number of complaints for, at my age and in my present state
ology” doesn’t make it archaeology. to PWD. of health, than for me to feel happy to
From the Northern Colonies I do not see why I should accept that we be on St Helena once more.
have to go to sleep every night knowing Yours
that the whole house could fall down at Horst Timmreck
Dear Editor, any time. Many years ago I advised
Over the last few months I have had to PWD that they should erect a steel crash
endure a constant background of high barrier in order to prevent vehicles from
pressure. Every day my wife Sonia and leaving the road and crashing into the
A new kind of drought?
I have to live in this house [the Hussey house. Nothing was done however. Over
Indy Blue you’re my main man! You
Charity School], and every night we go the last 25 years I have tried to negoti-
READ what I write. Maybe you even
to bed not knowing if we will be killed in ate, but nothing at all has been achieved.
the night, or if we will wake up the next keep on going right to the end! After
As things stand at the moment I am due
morning. For the fact is, the wall of the me stabbing my fingers at the keyboard
to leave the Island for medical treatment,
house could fall in at any time. This is for six or eight weeks and churning out
so the need for some kind of solution is
the ‘high pressure’ I speak of. more urgent than ever. I am prepared to a few thousand words YOU are THE
My big problem is caused by the road. stick my neck out and to meet whoever ONE who comes out and SAYS what I
The fact is, many years ago the road it takes in order to resolve the whole is- want to hear. It IS about time Saints
was built against The Hussey Charity sue. If this cannot be done, however, start voicing their opinions. This is my
School. As a result, my house now forms then I will have no option but to lay crimi- main message. The rest of it just
part of the foundations for Side Path; nal charges before the Supreme Court, suggests HOW it might be done and
and, due to the increasingly heavy load for the Government having put the safety WHY it’s important to do it.
of vehicles, the Hussey Charity School of individuals and property into serious So, what’s there to write about this
is now falling down. I have been in regu- hazard. week? Well, the RMS gets to the Island
lar touch with Government, but they do At the moment I am on a 24-hour drug from the Cape TODAY. After that it will
not want to discuss their liability in hav- regime, caused to some extent by the be 9th July – World Cup Final Day! How
ing chosen to build a busy road on top extreme anxiety of our predicament. The many crates of lager are being unloaded
of somebody’s domestic property. They result of this anxiety is that without tran- from the ship’s hold as you read this?
are in effect using the house as a but- quillisers I can’t exist. Every night I sit Will the Island run out of cans before
tress. In the old days of course, the only waiting from two in the morning till day- 9th July? In the UK they reckon sales
road out of town went up the other side light in my kitchen, because that is the go up 20% when the World or European
of the Run. Then, many, many years only room where no walls can fall on me. Nations competitions are played.
after this house was built, it was decided It’s so frightening when the big trucks Donny, where’s the Tungi? That’s all
that Side Path would go up the eastern go past and make the house shake. from me Indy - only 174 words.
side of James Valley. As a result, the They come down the hill and they sud- Vince Thompson
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Police & Court
Press Release An unusual Court Case started in the that he does not make any contact with
Magistrates’ Court last Thursday. Mr the alleged victim and that he does not
Audit Service Launches New Terrence Yon stood charged with not commit any offences whilst he is on bail.
Financial Statement having obeyed with an abatement no- He is bailed until 22nd June.
Review Service tice issued by the Public Health and The second arrest was made on Satur-
Social Services Department. The no- day morning for the offence of reason-
The Saint Helena Audit Service is de- tice was in relation to Mr Yon keeping able suspicion of criminal damage which
lighted to announce a new service of- pigs at his residence at Half Tree Hol- occurred in the Half Tree Hollow area.
fering; the “Financial Statement Review low. A neighbour had made complaints The person was later released from
Engagement” (FSRE). This is designed to Environmental Health saying that the police custody on police bail. This case
to meet the needs of existing and pro- pigs were a nuisance because they were is currently being investigated.
spective clients who may be seeking ‘smelling and attracting flies’. The Case Last Monday morning it was brought to
continued on Friday and in the Magis- the attention of the Police that some
an alternative to the standard financial
trates’ judgement of the case it was said unknown person or persons had bro-
that there was not enough evidence that ken into one of the buildings at Scot-
The FSRE has been added to the port-
the pigs constituted a nuisance. Despite land. This case is currently being in-
folio of Audit Service offerings follow-
this, Mr Yon was ordered to remove the vestigated.
ing a successful recent trial with
remaining pig from the premises. He Other cases currently under investiga-
theaccounts of the Legal Assistance
was however allowed to keep the pig tion are a case of Common Assault and
Fund. It is an accepted alternative to a
pen and the slaughtering equipment in Discharging a missile and a case of
conventional audit – still involving an
place. Breach of the Peace and Common As-
independent review but requiring less
The Police Service received and dealt sault. Both cases involved juveniles and
evidence. This makes for a quicker and
with a total of 24 reports for the period were committed in the St. Paul’s area.
cheaper audit process and one that is
Monday 5th to Monday 12th June. Verbal warnings were given to persons
likely to be suited to any organisation
There were 9 criminal reports, 2 of which for the offence of keeping a dog which
without a legal requirement, or self-im-
resulted in arrests being made and 3 is an unreasonable source of annoy-
posed desire, for a full conventional
road traffic reports. ance; harassment, alarm or distress and
audit – this is typically the smaller, non-
In the early hours of Saturday morning breach of the peace.
Government operations on Saint
Cyril James Benjamin was arrested for Out of the three traffic reports, one, a
the offence of reasonable suspicion of road traffic accident was reported and
Chief Auditor, Andy Bonner, comments;
assault occasioning actual bodily harm dealt with. Both drivers were free from
“Some of our clients were finding the
at the Consulate Hotel in the early hours alcohol.
cost and time involved in an audit to of Saturday morning. He was detained One person was also dealt with for dis-
be too much – With our move to full in custody until Saturday afternoon playing a defective offside light and a
cost recovery and the removal of what where a Special Court was convened verbal warning was given to another
were effectively financial subsidies this and Mr Benjamin was brought before person for displaying incorrect lighting
situation was only going to get worse. the Court where he was given condi- to the front of the vehicle
Fortunately Financial Statement Re- tional bail. Mr Benjamin’s conditions are
view Engagements have come to the
rescue. The recent review we per- Rig to be Salvaged
formed on the Legal Assistance Fund The previously lost oil platform, rather than aground on a reef and this
accounts cost only a third of what a full Petrobras 21, that stranded on Tristan may make the task of removing it easier.
audit would have done. The benefit last week is to be salvaged. It will take the salvage team between
here is simple - By reducing our costs, The owners, Catleia Oil Company, five and six days to reach Tristan after
we are able to reduce our clients’ costs based in the Cayman Islands confirm mobilisation at Cape Town so it does
too. With our smaller and less compli- that a company, Charles Taylor Consult- not appear that anything is likely to hap-
cated clients we are now looking at fi- ing, has been employed and are in ne- pen very quickly. In the meantime mid
nancial statement review fees coming gotiation with a salvage company with a winter approaches in the South Atlan-
in at under £200.” Any persons inter- view to the recovery of the platform. tic.
ested in this new service, whether ex- They envisage sending a powerful tug
isting or prospective clients, should from South Africa with equip-
contact the AuditService by e-mail, ment for diving and for carry-
email@example.com, through the web ing out any incidental repairs
site at www.audit.gov.sh, or via tel- that are necessary to the plat-
ephone on (00 290) 2107. form. The team on board the
tug would assess the situation
Press Release and, all being well, would tow
the platform off and take it to
Cape Town. They now under-
stand that the platform may be
beached on the sloping seabed
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OBE for Graham Sim By Nick Hewes
Graham Sim, who was presented with rious and sometimes foreboding but
an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent once below one is surrounded by natu-
Order of the British Empire) medal at ral wonders. I just love being there. How
Plantation House last Friday is, as ever, can one fully explain it?
surprisingly modest about his award. “Man is not in his natural element in the
“Being proud is alright” he said, before sea: - that’s why you have to respect it.
adding wisely, “but it doesn’t really get It is somewhere you can’t go easily, so
you anywhere. I have just done the you have to be careful and abide by the
things I have always enjoyed doing, safety rules. When you go into the sea
that’s all. Then someone comes along you always take a risk. It should how-
and decides that you deserve a reward ever be a calculated risk. Safety in the
for doing these things, and so you ask water has always been important to me.
yourself, ‘do I really deserve this!’ My That was the main reason I got into div-
first reaction when I was told about the ing instruction. It gives me great pleas-
award was to make sure that I felt com- ure to see others enjoying the under-
fortable about deserving it.” water world through my instruction. The
Although Graham is known throughout talks that I gave in Prince Andrew School
the Island for his involvement with the on Water Safety was also very special
sea, he didn’t actually learn to swim un- to me” One of Graham’s great contri-
til the age of 18. As a child living near butions to St Helena of course has been
High Knoll, the long journey to town his voluntary work. All of the above was
meant that regular swimming lessons voluntary. Even during the ten years he
were not possible. He learnt to swim served as the Island’s Coroner there
during his lunch hour when he was work- was no payment. His service with the
ing for Solomons . His work mate, Jim Sea Rescue Service as member of the
Ward, used to tie a rope around his waist Underwater Search and Recovery team
and instruct him from the wharf landing extend back to over forty years. “I al-
steps. “Jim was an excellent swimmer. Graham receiving his award at ways felt that the most important thing
I used to swim around confidently at the Platation House on Friday evening was recovery of the body, for the family
end of this rope knowing that Jim would and loved ones really.”
started off I had nothing. Apart from get-
be watching. But there would be times Everybody who knows Graham cannot
ting hold of a diving manual from a na-
when I would look up to see him in deep help but be impressed by his obvious
val ship, much of what I learnt was self-
conversation with someone else, at fitness, especially when his age is taken
taught and of course there was always
which point I would suddenly lose all my into account. He told me that apart from
the helpful advice from others. A spe-
confidence and start thrashing about in his water activities, he likes walking and
cial person was Charles Henry, ‘Charlie
the water. It certainly wasn’t an easy way running (when he has the time). He is
Boar’; from him I learnt my boat han-
to learn. quite conscious of his diet, and he
dling skills and was given advice on sail-
“Snorkel-diving and spearfishing was avoids alcohol except for the odd glass
ing. I learnt to sail using his advice and
introduced to the Island in the 1950s by of wine with a meal. He rarely drinks tea
going out in the Bay with a friend. After
an overseas Cable and Wireless em- or coffee but he does drink a lot of wa-
this I was able to teach several young
ployee, if I remember rightly. We, the ter.
people to sail. I also taught myself and
local lads, had no spears, so we made Was Graham not tempted to go to Lon-
others to windsurf. Wind surfing is great
them out of broom handles. We would don to receive his OBE? “No, I’d much
fun and it certainly kept you fit. It is dis-
attach two sharp pieces of metal rod at rather be here at home, where I have
appointing to see that no one here
one end which was wrapped around the people I know around me. It was
seems to be interested in this sport now.
with a piece lead to give some weight, great to be at Plantation with friends and
Waterskiing was another sport I enjoyed
and at the other end would be attached family. It was a thoroughly enjoyable
doing here and had great fun in teach-
a length of rubber stripped from an old evening and the meal was excellent.”
inner tube to propel it. Spearing fish at Lastly, I asked Graham what the most
Graham believes that St Helena is a
that time was not too difficult because precious part of his life was. “The best
wonderful place for anybody who is in-
of the large numbers of fish and also thing without any doubt is having a fam-
terested in watersports. “There is so
because they had not learnt of the dan- ily. It changes your outlook. Since I got
much for young people to do here” he
gers of man. As time went on and more married I have had the good fortune to
said, “but it is a mystery that only a few
people became involved in this activity. be able to carry on doing the things I
seem to be interested in the things that
It became obvious that the impact was have always enjoyed. Life has been
the sea can offer. Even though I have
causing a decline in targeted species. good to me. Your family is better than a
been diving for over forty years I still
It was then that I decided to give up million pounds.” He also commented
enjoy every dive. There are always
spear fishing.” that much of what he has achieved has
changes taking place in the ocean –
The result of Graham taking up these been with the support and help of many
there are so many unknowns about it.
pursuits from scratch was that he learnt others to whom he would like to give
From above it may appear to be myste-
most from his own experience. “When I his sincere thanks.
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Congratulations to Queen’s Awards
Last Friday night at a dinner at Planta- islanders alike - are delighted by his Overseas Territories Department, who
tion House, Mr Graham Sim formally re- ability to search out the dolphins around received his OBE, Officer of the Most
ceived his award granted by Her Maj- our coast. Excellent Order of the British Empire,
esty the Queen from Governor Clancy. Graham has also served as a member medal for “Services to the Department
In the speech at the event Governor on various Boards and has performed for International Development”. Clive
Clancy said that: the duties of Coroner for some 10 years. served 41 year career with DFID and its
“I am delighted to be able to make this Graham was recognised in the New predecessor bodies, Clive was closely
award of OBE to Graham this evening. Years Honours 2006 and it gives me associated with a number of important
The award recognises his contribution great pleasure to now decorate him with matters concerning St Helena - includ-
across the spectrum of life on St Helena the medal of Order of the British Em- ing the building of the present RMS and
but in particular it recognises his serv- pire.” the key decision last year to build an air-
ices in the voluntary and fisheries sec- port on the island.
tors. Graham worked in the public serv- HRH spoke with interest and enthusi-
ice as a teacher in earlier days but he Also Friday, an Investiture ceremony at asm to all three separately, during the
left public service as Senior Fisheries Buckingham Palace took place in Lon- medal presentation ceremony, about St
Officer. He also served in the Merchant don. The Investiture, which was con- Helena and the contribution that they
Navy. ducted by His RH The Prince of Wales, had made to life on the island. Clive took
He is a founder member of the St included no fewer than three people who the opportunity to mention the proposed
Helena Dive Club which for many years are either Saints or have strong connec- new airport.
provided a voluntary sea rescue serv- tions with the island. They were: Joyce George was accompanied by
ice for the Island. His wealth of diving Mrs Joyce George and Captain Rodney sons Nigel, Ryan and Martin. Captain
and marine experience is much sought Young, both of whom received their Rodney Young was accompanied by his
after in the fisheries and natural re- MBE, Member of the Most Excellent mother May, wife Jill and sister Alice.
sources arena. He has been an inspi- Order of the British Empire, medals for Clive was accompanied by his wife
ration and role model particularly for “Services to the community in St Dorothy and his twin daughters, Carrie
young people with regard to responsi- Helena”; and and Josie.
ble diving. Many people - visitors and Clive Warren, formerly Head of DFID‘s
The Annual Fishing Competition, Saturday, 1 July, Open to all Boats.
Those participating are asked to abide by the following rules:
1. The competition starts from midnight Friday, 30 June 2006.
2. Boats may catch bait only on the day before (it is hoped that all fishermen will abide by this and not catch fish and
store on ice for the following day).
3. No spears or harpoons are allowed, even when landing fish.
4. Baitfish will not qualify as part of the catch.
5. All vessels should be at the lower steps of the Jamestown Wharf by not later than 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, 25 June
2005, and are asked to radio Fisheries Cold Store to qualify for the competition.
6. Captors should land their largest fish gilled and gutted to qualify for the largest fish.
7. The decision of the General Manager or his designate of the St. Helena Fisheries Corporation is final.
Bar facilities are being organised for the Wharf area where the weigh-in will take place. The presentation of trophies will then
follow at the Muleyard where a Bar will be available.This competition is being organised in conjunction with the Fishermens
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Short Term allows a successful short term candi-
date to be on Island, in post, much ear-
in readiness for air access; and support-
ing the development of a five year capi-
Government lier than it would for a full term appoint- tal investment program. The Govern-
ment. Besides advertising and selection ment Economist will also prepare policy
Economist procedures, medical and security clear- papers showing how St Helena can go
ances for full time appointees can take about meeting its social and economic
for St Helena a considerable period of time to com- needs over the next 10 years. In addi-
Interviews have taken place to recruit a plete. tion, the successful applicant will pro-
short term Government Economist for The St Helena Government followed vide economic support to Government
St Helena. Chief Personnel Officer, this route in October 2002 when Basil Departments. The Government Econo-
Barbara George, said that three candi- Fansa worked on Island for a few mist will report to the Chief Secretary
dates were interviewed for this high level months following the departure of Tom and will be based at the Castle in
position and it is hoped that the success- Crowards, and before the arrival of Jamestown. He or she will work closely
ful applicant will arrive on St Helena in Adrian Green. Adrian completed his with the Governor, the Acting Chief Sec-
August of this year to take up a contract contract in March of this year. retary, the Financial Secretary, the Chief
for four months. The decision to recruit The Government Economist’s main pri- Development Officer, the Development
a short term Government Economist ority will be to finalise the Sustainable Economist, and Heads of Department.
was taken as the full term position has Development Plan which will show the The post is being funded by the Depart-
not yet been finalised. It is likely that re- economic, social and environmental ment For International Development,
cruiting a full time post holder could take action needed to foster positive and sus- and SHG hopes to have a full time Gov-
several months and a short-term candi- tainable change on St Helena. Other ernment Economist post when the four
date will provide St Helena with the nec- priorities will include providing support month contract comes to an end in De-
essary economic support during this to the Financial Secretary, Linda cember this year.
period of time. Short term appointments Clemett, in preparing the next three-year Public Relations/Information Office
do not have to follow the full recruitment budget, which will take into considera- Office of the Chief Secretary
procedure that DFID operates, so this tion changes that will have to take place 13 June 2006
EDUCATION tract of support has now run for three
years and an extension will be consid-
hanced Scheme of Service and Salary
Structure to retain and recruit good
DEPARTMENT ered for the remaining two years. A mid
programme review of achievements
teachers if the Department is to sustain
a quality service and meet the chal-
PRESS RELEASE against planned outcomes was under- lenges of improved access. He will be
Arriving on the RMS St Helena from taken during the last education Advis- looking at current progress on estab-
Cape Town this Friday will be Mr Ian er’s visit which assessed the pro- lishing an Adult Vocational Education
Collingwood, Education Adviser for the gramme as being on target towards Service (AVES). He will be particularly
Overseas Territories Department in the achieving its proposed outputs. Whilst interested in any plans to deal with fall-
Department for International Develop- school achievement has continued to ing school rolls and both utilisation and
ment (DFID). Mr Collingwood’s visit to rise, significant progress has been shortage of skilled teachers across the
the Island and the Education Depart- made towards achieving a post com- Department.
ment in particular will coincide with the pulsory and vocational education and Should anyone, particularly parents or
schools’ mid term holiday; nevertheless training strategy for the Island and there guardians who might wish to see Mr
it will be a busy and important week. has been much support to the manage- Collingwood to discuss any matters re-
This will be the first time Mr Collingwood ment and planning processes, there is lating to education, arrangements can
has been to St Helena and follows the now significant work to be done to im- be made for this. Please contact Mrs
visit of his predecessor Mr Mark Sinclair plement strategy and to realise pro- Joy Peters on telephone Number 2710
in October 2005. His week on Island posed changes to sustain quality edu- as soon as possible but not after Tues-
will coincide with the visit of Mr John cation provision in to the future. day 20 June as time will become lim-
Cocks, Education Consultant who has There are key constraints which Mr ited as the visit draws to a close.
already been here for the last 3 weeks Collingwood is already aware of and will P M Lawrence
working with the Adult & Vocational become even more familiar with whilst Chief Education Officer
Education Service Manager (Dale Bow- on Island including the need for an en- 13 June 2006
ers) taking forward plans for the estab-
lishment of an Adult Vocational Educa-
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Cable & Wireless has a vacancy for a Manager Networks (Designate) to eventually lead the
Networks Department, after a period of two years. The post of Manager Networks (Designate)
is a high profile senior management position demanding a high level of commitment, drive and
The primary objectives of the post are as follows:
To deputise for the Manager Networks, particularly when the Manager Networks is off-
To assist in the management of the core network of the Business Unit on a day-to-day
basis and the operations and maintenance of the engineering complex at The Briars.
To assist in all projects pertaining to networks including external involvement with Global
Operations Engineering Services (GOES) as necessary to ensure Group Standards are
To assist in the management of the provision and restoration of all customer services
from core network to the customers’ locations within the specified timeframes.
Carry out detailed planning and, where possible, execution of major and minor outside
The successful candidate will ideally have a qualification in a technical engineering subject, with
at least 5 years experience in a technical role. An understanding of technical communications
issues is essential, as is leadership ability and the ability to deal effectively and professionally
with all customer situations. Candidates must be enthusiastic, diplomatic and proactive in their
operations and must be skilled in the use of business computer software e.g MS Word, Excel,
PowerPoint etc as these will be used extensively in the performance of the role.
Salary for the post includes a contribution to home to duty transport and will start at £12,000 per
annum. The successful candidate may be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
Some of the many benefits include free uniform, annual leave and sick leave entitlements,
provisions for maternity or paternity leave, entitlement to join the Cable & Wireless International
Retirement Benefit Plan, Incentive Bonus Scheme and other savings schemes.
Further information regarding the responsibilities of the post may be discussed with Mark Heron,
Manager Networks, St Helena Business Unit at The Briars, or on Tel 2229. An application form,
copy of the Job Description and details of full benefits may be obtained from Tina Dillon, Human
Resources & Administration Assistant at Bishops Rooms.
Applications should be submitted to Hensil O’Bey, Chief Executive, Cable & Wireless, Bishops
Rooms, Jamestown, by 4 pm on Friday 30 June 2006.
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Vacancies within Government Visit of the Janisch
Family to St Helena
Public Works & Services Department in July
The Public Works & Services De- ments projects throughout the is- The Governor has heard from the grand-
partment is seeking to recruit a land. The successful applicant sons of William Janisch who was the
suitably experienced person to fill should be a proactive team player younger son of Hudson Janisch. Hudson
the post of Drainage Foreman Janisch was born on St Helena in 1824
with a positive approach to promot-
and became the only St Helenian Gover-
within their works section. The ing good working practises and nor of the Island. David and Bernard
main duties of the post include all health and safety standards. A job Janisch understood that the surviving
work associated with managing a profile is available upon request family of Hudson Janisch left St Helena
drainage section and maintaining and further enquires about the job for the Cape after Hudson’s death in 1884.
the island’s sewerage and drain- can be sought by contacting the There will be a total of 7 in the Janisch
age infrastructure, and supervis- Senior Engineer of Works on Tel- party. They all look forward to research-
ing staff engaged on the ephone number 2352. ing records in the Archives and seeing St
wastewater improvement project. Helena for the first time. Of course, one
You will be expected to demon- If you believe you can make a sig- visit they will want to make is that to the
strate good managerial and super- memorial to Hudson Janisch at
nificant contribution, then please
Knollcombes Cemetery, which was
visory skills and have the ability to collect an application form from the erected “to commemorate the high re-
cope with a heavy and demand- Personnel Department or the Pub- spect and esteem in which the late Gov-
ing work schedule. lic Works and Services Depart- ernor was universally held.”
ment, Jamestown. Application The Janischs arrive on the RMS on Sun-
This position is a Grade Level 4 forms should be completed and day 9 July 2006 and would be delighted
post, reporting to the Senior Su- submitted through Heads of De- to meet anyone who has any record of
perintendent of the works section, partments where applicable to Hudson Janisch and his family.
and offers the successful applicant reach The Manager/Head of De- Public Relations/Information Office
an excellent career opportunity to partment, Public Works and Serv- Office of the Chief Secretary
develop their leadership with real 13 June 2006
ices Department, Jamestown by
opportunities to gain experience no later than 21 June 2006.
working on some of the depart-
2006 has seen Her Majesty the Queen
Office of the Public Health & celebrate her 80th birthday. The traditional
garden party at Plantation House will see
Chief Secretary Social Services a number of differences in marking this
event. First, there will be a display of pho-
Applications are invited to fill the
post of Executive Officer (Stores
Department tographs and records associated with
royal visits to St Helena. These will include
and Accounts) in the office of the ‘The Public Health & Social photographs of the visit by the then Prin-
Chief Secretary. Salary at Grade Services Department is looking for cess Elizabeth.
Level 4 will depend on suitable people to fill the vacant People living on St Helena who are cel-
qualifications and experience.” posts of Clerk Level 1/2 for their ebrating their 80th birthday this year have
Administration and Accounts been invited to the Garden Party. This
For further information please Sections. compliments other changes in the invita-
contact Mrs Sandra Sim on tion list to try to include people who have
telephone Number 2470 or see For further information, interested not previously attended a Queen’s Birth-
Public Notice dated 13 June 2006. persons can contact Mrs Lilian day Party at Plantation House. This invi-
tation list has been compiled partly by in-
Andrews, Senior Executive Officer
viting departments to nominate people
Applications should be submitted on telephone no. 2500 or see who have given service to the community
through Heads of Department Public Notice dated 9 June 2006. on St Helena. The invitation list also in-
where applicable, to the Acting cludes Miss St Helena and her fellow con-
Deputy Secretary, by no later than Application forms, which are testants. Another change is that the Gar-
Tuesday 27 June 2006. available from the Personnel and den Party is being held from 2- 4 pm rather
Public Health & Social Services than starting at 12 noon. Other traditional
Departments, should be elements will remain such as the toasting
completed and submitted to the of Her Majesty’s health with a glass of
Chief Administrative Health & champagne and the playing of the
Social Services Officer by Friday,
23 June 2006.’ Governor
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WEEKEND’S GOLF NEWS
On Sunday 11th June the ‘Four Ball Better Ball
- Stroke Play’ competition was played.
The Winners were Hensil O’Bey and Scott
Crowie and the Runners Up
Andrew Plato and Arthur
the ‘Two Ball Pool’ was won
by Foxy Stevens.
Thanks to Leon Crowie for donat-
If you have experience in propagating ing the Prizes.
plants and growing plants from seed
contact us, we might have a possible On the weekend of 24th and 25th
business proposal for you, which would June the Sidney George Chal-
lenge Cup - Stroke Play will be
be NEW to St. Helena!!! played. Members wishing to
take part in this competition
For more information regarding this should submit their name to
proposal please contact the Business the Games Manager,
Freda Green, by
Advisory Section of SHDA on 2920 or Wednesday 21st
pop in and see us. June.
Programme of Events:
• Bouncy Castle for the kids
• Triathlon Relay Race starting from 2.30 pm
• Various sporting activities from 3.30 pm
• Various stalls and side shows
• Bingo by the Poolside from 5pm
• Talent Show with the DOE participants
accompanied by Big Easy
• Food Shop
• Tuck Shop
• Bar available from 7 pm
• Big Easy entertainment from 8 pm
Come along and
support the children
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Saint FM Saturday 17th
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1pm – 3pm Backstreet Mixture
6pm - 6:30
6.30 – 9.30pm
9:30 – 7am
Youth Radio - Kaylee Young, Danielle Yon, Emma Piek
Cathy Bowers Saturday Special
Schedule Sunday 18th
7am – 10am
Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
Sunday Mix- Charles Williams, Lucas Benjamin
Programming is being 1am—3pm Youth Radio - Kaylee Young, Danielle Yon, Emma Piek
3am—6pm Beans Mix - Patrick Henry
updated all the time 6 – 7:30pm Sunday Night Rock Show - Mark Heron
and is subject to 7:30pm – 9:30pm Colin Forbes Live
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6am - 9am Wake-up call - Mike Olsson
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Museum receives gifts from a lost era
More Vacancies Nick Hewes
The Education Department has a va-
cancy for a Senior Clerk to work in
the main office at the Canister. Sal-
ary for the post is paid in Grade Level
3. Duties will include the collation of
overseas orders for the Department,
liaising with UK procurement agent
on all matters relating to the stores,
updating master inventory and sec-
retarial support to the Primary Man-
Previous experience in stores pro-
curement and cash handling would
be an advantage. IT skills are also
essential. Candidates should pref-
erably be in possession of GCSE
English Language, Maths or Ac-
counts at Grade ‘C’ or above. Per-
sons not in possession of any of
these qualifications but with relevant
experience may also be considered. St Helena’s Museum has recently taken pounds and kilograms.”
delivery of two aged items, both donated The second donated item, an ancient
Interested persons are invited by Nick Thorpe. One is a handsome set telephone exchange which once be-
to contact Mrs Carol Thompson, As- of weighing scales, whilst the other is a longed to Cable and Wireless, has been
sistant Secretary on telephone No private telephone exchange. The im- in Nick’s possession for the last two
2710 or by email at pressively heavy iron scales, made by years. The exchange has only 50 lines,
As.email@example.com. A full job Avery in Birmingham, have a reliable and and would have been used as a private,
description can be obtained from the weighty look which belongs to an era al- internal switchboard in institutions like
Canister Office on request. together different from that of our own The Castle or Solomons. George
digital age. They are so solid that they Stevens, who was once manager of
Application forms are available from look as if they could have been manu- Cable and Wireless, says that the ex-
the Personnel and Education Depart- factured at any time since the Industrial change would have been in use right
ments, and should be completed and Revolution, but in this case they prob- up until 1990. “The new Cable and
submitted through Heads of Depart- ably date from the 1950s. Nick said that Wireless exchange took over in 1990”
ment where applicable, to the Chief he had only recently purchased the he said, “and at that point we discon-
Education Officer, The Canister by no scales from the Growers Association. nected the old Strouger [the conven-
later than 4 pm on Monday 26 June “They rang me up and offered them to tional type of exchange in use at that
2006. me for a fiver!” he said, “they were so time]. We decided to put a lot more cop-
lovely, and in such a nice condition that per in the field, and that meant that we
I had no hesitation”. could have lots more direct lines, just
Club Asssistant on He said that the scales would provide a like in the UK. At that point there was of
good interactive exhibit for children vis- course no need for internal exchanges
Ascension Island iting the Museum, due to their simplicity any more.”
NAAFI on Ascension Island is seek- and their obvious robustness. “Children Museum Director Lucy Caesar said that
ing to employ a Club Assistant to work will be able to weigh various items, in- she was pleased with both items, al-
at their NAAFI Complex at Travellers cluding themselves! The scales might though she needed to find better exhi-
Hill. also be useful as a way of encouraging bition spaces for them.
children to learn to convert between
Applications are invited from both
male and female persons to Mrs
Patricia Clark, the Recruiting Officer
for NAAFI who will provide you with
A VW Golf, MK 3 VR6 2.8 ltr, metallic blue in excellent condition.
details of the Post.
Fitted with a magnex stainless steel exhaust, full sound system,
The successful person will be ex-
bbs alloys, electric windows, p/steering, abs brakes, full house!!!
pected to travel to Ascension next Interested persons can contact Craig on 3459 -
priced at 4800 pounds
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Cable & Wireless has a vacancy for a Linesman/Fitter to join the Service
Provisioning team within the Networks Department.
The primary objectives of the post are as follows:
To carry out customer telephone and television installations and
rectification of faults.
To carry out installation and maintenance of customer premises
equipment including payphones.
To assist with the maintenance and upgrades of the Access Network,
which will involve working on telephone poles.
The Linesman/Fitter will be responsible to the Service Provisioning Supervisor.
Salary for the post is inclusive of a contribution towards home to duty transport and
will start at £4116.00 per annum. The successful candidate may be required to
serve a probationary period. Some of the many benefits include free uniform,
annual leave and sick leave entitlements, provisions for maternity or paternity leave,
entitlement to join the Cable & Wireless International Retirement Benefit Plan,
Incentive Bonus Scheme and other savings schemes.
Further information regarding the responsibilities of the post may be discussed
with Kevin George, Supervisor Service Provisioning, at the Briars,
(Tel: + 290 2551, email firstname.lastname@example.org). An application form, copy
of the Job Description and details of full benefits may be obtained from Tina Dillon,
Human Resources & Administration Assistant at Bishops Rooms. (Tel: + 290 2800,
Applications should be submitted to Hensil O’Bey, Chief Executive, St Helena
Business Unit, Cable & Wireless, Bishops Rooms, Jamestown by 4 pm on Friday,
30 June 2006.
The St Helena Independent Volume 1, Issue 32 Friday 16th June 2006 18
Winners in the poetry competition were:
Poetry/poster competition on Saint FM First school: Scott George and Scott
Middle Schools: Madolyn Andrews,
Erika Richards, Myles Isaac, Eve Forbes
Jodie Walters, Kimberly Yon, Ethan Henry
and Nicole Benjamin
Prince Andrew School: Amber Isaac
Adult: Ruth Pridham
Winners of the poster competition
were: Simeon Henry, Jodie Scipio and
Ruby-Jade Cranfield (for her poster with
Earlier in the week all the winners came
into Saint FM to give a reading their po-
ems, which was broadcast on the station
on Wednesday afternoon.
Ed: At the time of judging and prizes be-
ing awarded we were unaware that
Some of the winner’s in the competition along with Madolyn Andrews, aged 11years attends
Elaine Benjamin, Head teacher Pilling Primary PAS and not Middle School.
World Environment Week is celebrated ems would be divided into categories of
from the 5th -12th June each year. This First, Middle and Prince Andrew Schools
year’s theme is deserts and desertification respectively. The posters were judged
and in addition to all the planned activi- separately. An adult category was also
ties, Saint FM also ran a competition wel- created. Prizes of £15 worth of station-
coming our listeners to take part in a ary were donated generously by Thorpe’s
poster and poetry competition. Entrants Emporium. Queen Mary & Victoria Stores
could either write about this year’s theme, donated stationary and games for the
deserts and desertification or about envi- children. St Helena Leisure at the Mar-
ronmental awareness in general. After an ket donated a gift voucher for a full week’s
overwhelming response from poets and free DVD rental. Solomons & Co Plc and
artists the competition closed, and Judges Warren’s department store donated three
Basil George and Joyce Harris took on £5 vouchers, and one of our judges, Basil
the laborious task of deciding on the win- George, donated additional stationary so
ners. Having an array of entries from all that all winners in each category won a Scott George and Scott Henry,
age groups, it was decided that the po- prize. first school winners
Harford school walks the runway
Contributed by Dr. Rebecca Cairns-Wicks ROUNDERS
Any Ladies out there
15yrs or older interested
in playing rounders.
Enter your team
Last Friday pupils and teachers from for the PTA, and was aptly timed to co-
Harford Middle School took part in a incide with Environment Week ‘don’t ASAP!!
lengthy ‘runway’ sponsored walk which desert drylands’ theme. Rebecca
took them from Bradley’s to Cook’s Cairns-Wicks was invited to lead the
Bridge and on to the proposed airport walk. Regular stops along the way ena- Christine Jonas on 4290
terminal access road along the south- bled walkers to stop for much needed
ern ridge of Prosperous Bay Plain. They refreshment and to enjoy their surround-
or 3631 after 4:30
walked along the proposed runway from ings with interpretation of the semi- Or Tina Yon-Stevens on
its most southern point above Dry Gut desert ecology and the proposed airport
to close to its northern most point, be- development.
2034 or 3766
fore dropping down into the central ba- Congratulations to all teachers and pu- Closing date is
sin to return to Bradley’s. pils for completing the walk. Sponsors
The walk was organised by the Harford please give generously for a walk well
Monday 19th June
Middle school teachers to raise funds done!
The St Helena Independent Volume 1, Issue 32 Friday 16th June 2006 19
The Archaeological Emergency Presented by the Wreck of the Dutch
East Indiaman the Witte Leeuw (White Lion) Sunk in 1613 at St. Helena.
The Witte Leeuw site represents the remains of a Dutch East Once the wreck has sunk, the major destructive components came
Indiaman. The Witte Leeuw sank on 18th June 1613, one of a fleet into play – the initial settling of the wreck wil have caused emmense
of five Dutch ships which attempted to take the Portugese ships the damage, and whilst she remains a potrusion on the sea bed nu-
Nossa Senhora da Nazare and La Conceicao. All the ships were merous vessels using the harbour will catch and pull areas of the
on the homeward leg of their journeys and carried cargo from the ship away. This anchor damage is still occuring today and will only
Indies. St. Helena at this time was a relatively newly utilized island, get worse as large ships come to bring cargo for the airport. Mark-
having been discovered 111 years previously; these naval ing the area will have only limited capabilities as shown in Barba-
scirmishes must have represented a large part of the authority on dos and other carribean islands; these have large no-anchor zones
the island (Gosse 1990). clearly marked, however, these in many cases only serve to show
The archaeological challenges presented by the Witte Leeuw come divers and other tourists where the best diving is and result in un-
mostly from the combination of age and the variety of conservable supervised individuals actively targetting these areas for anchor-
object that are present on a wreck of this age and size. A brief age and underwater entertainment. Also, during rough weather,
overview of the site’s composition is required to look in detail at the no ship or yacht can prevent the inadvertent dragging of her an-
composition of the wreck, the likely degradation of these materials chors through these zones.
and the future of the site if it is left in situ. Deeptrek brings a unique combination of specialists to any exca-
A Dutch East Indiaman is largely constructed of wood. This is tradi- vation. Deeptrek does not believe that the term salvage is appro-
tionally heartwood of a hardwood variety, such as the heartwood of priate for the work we seek to undertake.
an oak, for the hull and a deciduous or soft wood for the masts and
spars. Wood forms the largest material usage on any ship of this 1. All work is supervised or undertaken by fully trained and
period, as it was used to construct the hull, decking, frames, masts, qualified archaeologists. As archaeolgists we are aware of the
rigging blocks, rudder, furniture, cargo containers and, in the case historical significance of all artefacts to the local community,
of the stern castle, forming the basis of which all other objects are and we are also aware of the importance of context for any
laid. An organic compound, wood is composed of lignin and cellu- artefact.
lose. The degradation of the wood is in the majority the degrada- 2. We endevour to create a lasting collection for the local
tion of the cellulose, which leaves a fragile structure of lignin. Leav- community and also to ensure that other artefacts are avail-
ing these remains in situ will allow any movement of currents to able for worldwide display.
wash the structure away. Removal of the wood will permit cell re- 3. Deeptrek values the input of local individuals who may be
placement, etc. and thus facilitate preservation not otherwise pos- able to bring further experience to the excavation.
sible in the case of an exposed wooden wreck submerged in a 4. Deeptrek realizes the nature of shipwrecks, and the sensi-
marine environment. tivity with which all human remains should be handled, and
Large parts of the ship and artifacts aboard are constructed from for this purpose has full forensic capacity. We also endevour
metals, e.g. iron, brass, and copper (including straps, cannon, nails, to work to the Commonwealth War Graves Commision guide-
lamps etc.). Iron is one of the least noble metals and will have a lines when working with resent (under 70 years) remains and
anodic reaction with any more noble metals in close proximity. Leav- also within excepted archaeological guidelines, such as those
ing iron objects in situ will mean the loss of detail and eventually outlined in NAGPRA.
loss of the complete metal structure. 5. Deeptrek has qualified conservators and reconstruction
Ceramics, textiles, and precious metals make up the majority of artists. These capabilities can be put to use to preserve the
the non-perishable cargo (Miller 1980). The possible availability of artefacts which will suffer and be destroyed if left on the sea
such non-perishable items (a consequence of endorsing a non- bed, or lifted and not conserved. Techniques such as cell con-
recovery policy) could lead to sites being scavenged by sport divers solidation using PEG and super critical drying require experi-
seeking souvenirs, creating a security problem much more difficult enced personnel and monetary investment that can run into
than those facing a museum display, and elevating the risk of de- the millions of pounds.
struction of the site and the uncontrolled dispersal of undocumented 6. Most memebers of the Deeptrek team are involved in ac-
and unstudied artifacts. tive publication of all excavations in international journals and
The remains of the Witte Leeuw have been subjected to two sal- other media outlets. These publications mean that all
vage attempts by non-archaeological survey groups; they face an excavtions must be to the highest standard, as these publica-
increase in shipping near and over the wreck site as large scale tions are available to be critised by a body of peers.
building works occur on the island to create a new airport; and they 7. Members of Deeptrek have been conducted some of the
may be subjected to increased tourism by the opening of the air- most high profile excavations and surveys, including having
port. Thus, we believe that the Witte Leeuw is at present in a frag- the first archaeologist on the Titanic and, more relevant to the
ile state. The above factors suggest that the Witte Leeuw may be Witte Leeuw the excavation the Royal Yacht Mary for His Royal
lost in a period measured in years rather than decades. A caferul Highness Prince Charles. The Mary is of a similar age and
program of archaeological recovery and conservation offers the construction to the Witte Leeuw and this experience can be
possibility of preserving the Witte Leeuw. brought to any work on the Witte Leeuw.
The Witte Leeuw, as with all wrecks, will have undergone several 8. Deeptrek members have already dived at St. Helena and
periods of damage and degredation. The degredation on any ship have demonstrated their considerable experience. A senior
begins before it even leaves the ship yard in which she is built. The team meber, Bernie McDonald, previously entered into talks
various components of the ship react not only with the surrounding about the best way to save the Witte Leeuw in 1999.
air and water, but also with each other and other objects in proxim- 9. The Deeptrek team has over 200 000 sea miles between
ity, e.g. metals. Whilst a working ship, this degredation was held in them; Deeptrek members’ respect and knowledge of the sea
check by constant repairs; once the Witte Leeuw turned towards is unparrallelled in any other team in the world.
the Nossa Senhora da Nazare, the maintenance came to an end
and a period of constant and degredation and destruction began. Therefore we believe that Deeptrek is in a position to conduct
Comparitively small scale damage will have been caused during an archaeological excavation of the highest standard, and that
the battle; this is the damage that caused her to rapidly sink to rest this excavation should be conducted sooner rather than later
on the harbour floor. to prevent the complete loss of the wreck.
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between Ascension Island and St Helena after the airport on
St Helena opens.”
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between
the Ascension Island Administrator and her Department re-
garding relations with the Ascension Island Council.”
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2006, Official Re-
port, column 185W, on Ascension Island, if she will place a
copy of the Workmen’s Protection (Ascension) Ordinance in
Last week saw further questions lodged in the House of “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Commons about St Helena and Ascension by Dr Vincent Affairs, how many sites on Ascension Island `no longer nec-
Cable, MP from Twickenham. Mort of the questions con- essary for the purpose of the operation of the Long Range
cerns Ascension and the relationship between Britain and Proving Ground’ as set out in Article IV (Provision of Sites),
United Stated in the running of the Island. Dr Cable is re- point 1, of the Bahamas Agreement 1956 the UK Govern-
ceiving information for his questions from Iain Orr, former ment has ceased to provide for that purpose since 1976.”
FCO employee and now running his think-tank operation
‘Biodemocracy’ and also Dr Richard Grove who visited the “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Island last year. Affairs, how many guided missiles (a) have been launched
from Ascension Island and (b) have landed on Ascension Is-
Dr Vincent Cable asked the following questions: land since 1976 as permitted in Article II (General Descrip-
tion of Rights), point 1a of the Bahamas Agreement 1956;
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Common- and on what dates.”
wealth Affairs, how much import duty has been charged on
goods entering Ascension Island in each year since 1976. “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs, if she will list the acquisitions that have taken place
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Common- on Ascension Island since 1976 of private property to allow
wealth Affairs, how much export duty has been charged on rights of way to the United States Administration as permitted
goods leaving Ascension Island in each year since 1976.” in Article III (Rights of Way) of the Bahamas Agreement 1956.”
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Common- “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
wealth Affairs, which bases leased to the United States as Affairs, how many motor vehicles belonging to the United
listed in Treaty Series No. 2 (1941) Cmd. 6259 and Treaty States Administration not used for purposes connected di-
Series No. 65 (1950) Cmd. 8076 are still leased to the United rectly with the establishment, maintenance or use of the Long
States.” Range Proving Ground have paid taxes or fees relating to
registration or licensing for use on Ascension Island since
“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Common- 1976 under Article XIII (Motor Vehicle Taxes) of the Bahamas
wealth Affairs, what services will be offered for travel directly Agreement 1956.”
Import Duty Review Saint FM/the Independent has applied to the Chief Justice to
get access to the documentation which is a submission on
The Financial Secretary, Linda Clemmett is currently work- ‘disclosure and amended grounds’.
ing on a review of the current import duty tariffs. It has over
the years been discovered that the old tariffs contain abnor-
malities and are in need of revision. In this work Linda will Portzic in Problems
be in contact with as many organisations and The fishing vessel Portzic, which was expected to
stakeholders as possible to get a view of how arrive back to St Helena at the end of this week
new tariffs could be constructed and applied. It will be delayed until beginning of next week. The
is, at this stage, not certain when the review will delay in returning is due to the Portzic left St
be finalised. Helena for the Bonaparte sea mount but as the
fishing was very poor she left for Cardinau.
Going to Court During her journey between Bonaparte and
Cardinau, she experienced engine problems,
The Court proceedings between Mr Rodney according to Captain Roger Morice, the Skip-
Buckley and the St Helena Government regard- per of the Portzic. He reported that it was due to water in the
ing New Porteous House are taking up momentum. The fuel, a problem he has experienced before. Portzic was drift-
applicant’s UK based solicitor has lodged further documen- ing without engine power for about two days before she could
tation to the Supreme Court in preparation for the forthcom- resume her journey to Cardinau. On Wednesday it was said
ing judicial review, which is scheduled to take place in begin- that the fishing on the more northern sea mount is reportedly
ning of July this year. It is likely that the latest submission by slow as well.
the applicants will be deemed to be in the public domain and
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Happy Fathers Day For Sale
to Donald Harris,
I am working day shift so will
speak to you in the evening,
Lots of Donna xxx”
We would like to thank Dr.Cardam, Wendy,
Dr.Bloem and all the nursing staff especially A fully furnished house
Maureen, Mandy, Cynthia, Lynn and June for caring
for our mum Ethel Legg during her stay in hospital. in Half Tree Hollow
Also thanks to everyone who sent cards, telegrams
and floral tributes. Special thanks to Nicholas Plato consisting of 9 rooms.
and Timothy Scipio for conducting the services and
many thanks to Ronald Coleman for making the Interested persons can
wreaths. And our sincere thanks to all
our family on St.Helena, especialy contact 3059.
Viola, Peter and Errol who lovingly
cared for her at home. She will
be dearly missed by all her
children, grandchildren and
greatgrandchildren, here in the
U.K and at home.
Thankyou the Legg family in the
U.K For Sale
The St Helena Independent Expands!!!
As a celebration of
the the first time
St Helena Inde-
pendent is publish-
ing the Cable &
we are pleased to
be able to give
away £50 to one
lucky reader of this
Each television guide has been numbered and a lucky draw will
weeks Independent. be broadcast on Saint FM on NEXT Tuesday (20th June)
after the 7pm local news bulletin.
The holder of the ‘Lucky Television Guide’ wins the prize.
Check Your TV Guide!!!
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Generous Donations Give Geoffrey his Wish List
The St Helena Dive Club, the Car Rally
Club, and the Salvation Army made
World Blood Donor Day extra special
for the Public Health and Social Serv-
ices Department this year. On Wednes-
day 14th June the department was pre-
sented with a machine that will test
blood compatibility before carrying out
On behalf of the voluntary organisa-
tions, Larry ‘Nails’ Thomas, Chairman
of the St Helena Dive Club, presented
the machine to Geoffrey Benjamin,
Senior Biomedical Scientist in the pres-
ence of persons from the Public Health
and Social Services Committee, sen-
ior staff from the department’s Admin-
istration Section, the Laboratory staff,
members of the St Helena Dive Club,
and members of the Salvation Army.
about 48 test tubes if cross-matching six got into giving blood when someone I
Geoffrey told those in attendance that units of blood. The same test can now knew had had an accident; they were in
when he took up post in February 2005, be done in a small cassette filled with desperate need of blood, but there was
he had prepared a list of equipment acrylamide gel and the appropriate rea- a shortage. At that time lots of people
which he described as a “wish list” for gent, and completed in 20 minutes. This were leaving the Island, and it was get-
the Laboratory. (He recognised at the is a vast improvement for the laboratory ting to be quite serious. So giving blood
time that that it wouldn’t be possible to and it makes preparations for emer- seemed a good thing to do. Of course
purchase everything he needed due to gency transfusions much quicker and I’d recommend it to anyone! You never
limited funds.) After a conversation be- less prone to errors. Geoffrey said, “Now know, one of your friends or family might
tween Geoffrey and Larry about the we are able to simply put the patient’s need a blood transfusion one day. Be-
shortage of blood donors on St Helena, blood into the cassette, mix it with the ing a blood donor is a great way of giv-
Larry succeeded in encouraging other donated blood, incubate it at body tem- ing something back to the community.”
members of the Dive Club to also be- perature for 15 minutes, and then spin it
come donors. It was as a result of this for a few seconds. If the bloods react, Larry acknowledged the hard work and
that some of the Club members wanted we know instantly that they are incom- dedication of the Dive Club members
to demonstrate their commitment to the patible. If on the other hand there is no and also made special mention of sup-
Blood Transfusion Service by doing reaction, then it means the blood is safe port given by all of the swimmers and
more, and with this in mind they asked to give in a transfusion. It is very quick, sponsors, resulting in the purchase of
the Medical Laboratory to identify a precise and clear process and the re- the machine.
piece of equipment they needed. sults are entirely reliable and reproduc-
Fundraising commenced with a spon- ible. It will help our staff to make urgent Helena Bennett, Secretary of the Dive
sored swim. The department had al- decisions on blood suitability much more Club, said that there was now a real
ready received just over £500 from the quickly, and with much more confidence commitment to the principle of giving
Car Rally Club, and the St Helena Dive than was formerly the case.” blood. “A lot of us in the Club have be-
Club succeeded in increasing this to come donors” she said; “Due to Larry,
over £1500. The Salvation Army had The equipment is now in use at the Hos- most of us have been supporters of the
also raised almost £200 from a Christ- pital and, as well as testing blood com- Blood Transfusion Service. Over the last
mas collection last year and the funds patibility, it can also be used to carry out year however we have managed to re-
were pooled together to purchase the tests for hepatitis, syphilis and sickle cell cruit even more donors from the Club –
machine along with some add-ons. screening if so required. As well as ex- we all feel it is a good cause.” She ex-
pressing his thanks to the voluntary or- plained that the sponsored swim raised
The new machine will replace the older, ganisations Geoffrey took the opportu- an impressive £600, and that the Dive
more conventional methods of testing, nity to thank all of the blood donors on Club generously gave a further £400
making things easier and quicker for St Helena. from its own funds, in order to make up
laboratory staff. By way of example Larry Nails explained to The Independ- the total to £1,000.
Geoffrey said that when he first started ent that he has been a keen blood do- Lastly, Ivy Ellick OBE, Chief Administra-
work as a laboratory assistant the con- nor for many years, as well as being tive Health and Social Services Officer,
ventional method of testing blood com- Chairman of the Dive Club for the past thanked the Dive Club, the Car Rally
patibility took about two hours to com- decade. “The funny thing” he said, “is Club and the Salvation Army for their
plete and this could require the use of that I’m totally afraid of needles! I only generous support.
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English Victory 2-0 Against Trinidad
Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard spared England’s blushes
with late goals against Trinidad & Tobago to book their place
in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Crouch, who had missed several chances, met David
Beckham’s right-wing cross to power a header past Shaka
Gerrard wrapped it up in stoppage time with a stunning left-
foot drive after England made hard work of the contest.
Wayne Rooney came on, but it was fellow subs Aaron Lennon
and Stewart Downing who helped turn the game England’s
It had looked like being a major embarrassment for England
coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, with his team short on ideas
They created plenty of chances without ever being in total Crouch scores in the 83rd minute
control of the match and can count themselves fortunate to
have got out of jail. gan to chant for Rooney’s introduction with real fervour, not
Yet it all seemed so different in the opening stages, as Eng- helped by a moment of calamity from Crouch.
land played with an ease that suggested they were playing in Spotted by Beckham standing in the penalty area eight yards
a training game rather than a crucial World Cup contest. out, with no-one anywhere near him, Crouch hoplessly caught
After Michael Owen miscued in front of goal, Crouch went the volley on his right shin and sent it several yards wide of
close twice, first denied an attempt at a volley five yards out Hislop’s goal.
by Brent Sancho’s timely intervention and then foiled by His miss could have proved even more costly. Carlos
Hislop’s claw away after Joe Cole’s left-wing cross. Edwards beat Robinson to a cross and as John bundled the
But as so often with Eriksson’s England, early promise soon ball towards goal, John Terry typically managed to get back
turned into increasing frustration as passes were misplaced in time to clear the ball off the line.
with alarming regularity. John Terry clears Stern John’s first-half header off the line
They were nearly made to pay for their laboured approach, It was equally bad for the first 13 minutes of the second half,
as Paul Robinson uncharacteristically flapped at a corner only before the fans finally got their wish and Rooney was intro-
for Stern John to head wide at the far post. duced, along with Lennon.
As the clock ticked towards half-time the England fans be- The double change galvanised the side, but England contin-
ued to be sloppy in front of goal.
Eriksson’s stock 4-4-2 became 3-5-2 and Beckham and
Lennon began to dovetail down the right - the captain cross-
ing for the wasteful Crouch to head over, again unmarked.
Lampard then had three chances in two minutes but could
not convert any, scooping one over, hitting the next at Hislop
and dragging the last one wide.
But just when it seemed England’s profligacy would cost
them, Crouch popped up with the most important goal of his
Putting the misses firmly behind him, England’s giant hitman
powerfully headed Beckham’s cross into the roof of the net
Having come so close Trinidad visibly wilted, and Gerrard
Gerrard finishes off the match took advantage with a brilliant left-foot screamer that flew in
from the edge of the area.
England: Robinson, Carragher (Lennon 58), Terry, Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Beckham,
Lampard, Gerrard, Joe Cole (Downing 74), Owen (Rooney 58), Crouch.
Subs Not Used: Campbell, James, Bridge, Hargreaves, Jenas, Carrick, Carson, Walcott,
Goals: Crouch 83, Gerrard 90.
Trinidad and Tobago: Hislop, Edwards, Sancho, Lawrence, Gray, Birchall, Whitley, Yorke,
Theobald (Wise 85), Stern John, Jones (Glen 70).
Subs Not Used: Cox, Latapy, Samuel, Charles, Scotland, Ince, Wolfe, Andrews, Jack.
Booked: Theobald, Whitley, Jones, Hislop, Gray.
Att: 41,000. Ref: Toru Kamikawa (Japan).
Fifa man of the match: David Beckham
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