It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden death, whilst on leave, of Captain Rodney Young of the RMS St Helena on 3rd January 2017.
I know that the remote South Atlantic island communities which the RMS St Helena served will have been shocked and greatly saddened by Captain Young's untimely death.
Rodney Young became a cadet on the old RMS St Helena in 1980 and became the first St Helenian to become Master of the RMS St Helena when he became captain of the present ship in 2000.
When the RMS St Helena visited London on her 'farewell' trip in June 2016 (as the new airport at St Helena was to open), I was privileged to attend a lunch on board enjoying a long chat with Captain Young. His pride in the ship and her on board teams was obvious. Ironically, due to serious 'wind shear' problems at the new airport, it is now likely that the RMS St Helena will now continue in service for some time to come, but now without the experienced, well liked and respected Captain Young at the helm. He will be greatly missed.
Our condolences go out to his wife Jill and all his family and friends.