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Who Got Off the Ship This Week?

June 01, 2017 Written by Emma Weaver
Juan Oberholster smiles after arriving back on the wharf. Photo by Sarah Pitts

It is South African Juan Oberholster’s second time on the island.

“I’ve been on the island before,” he said. “For business.”

Oberholster was on the island last in February of 2016. Both times, Oberholster has been here to work on the Bulk Fuel Installation Rupert’s.

“I’ll probably be here a month [this time],” he said. “I’ll miss being away from the family.”

Marlene Harris, a Saint Helenian, has worked on the RMS St Helena for 15 years: But on Monday, she arrived on the island as a passenger.

“I’ve been [off duty, and] off the island since February,” she said. “This was my second time as a passenger.”

Harris will stay on St Helena until August, at which time she will rejoin the RMS crew.

Harris said she is looking forward to doing as little as possible while off duty, as well as sorting things out which she had left alone since February.

Harris also said she enjoys experiencing the RMS as a passenger.

“It’s quite relaxing actually,” she said. “Makes a nice change, because you get to see the other side, how things are going, hear comments from people if they enjoyed it or didn’t enjoy it... You see what people are doing when you’re in the bureau, and if there’s enough for them to do up there.”

Marlene Harris (second to left) laughs with fellow crew in James' Bay in February. Photo by Sarah Pitts

From left to right: Joseph Curran, Oliver Sanders and Dominic Devere. Photo by Sarah Pitts

Athree-man British film crew that was on the island previously has returned to finish their documentary work.

“We were trying to make a film last time - we didn’t know what it was about, but now we know what it's about,” Devere said. “We’re going to catch up with that story, and follow the general elections as well.”

Last time, the crew was on the island for about eight months.

“I was on the island with these guys in November 2015 til July 2016,” Curran said.

But this time, Sanders said the crew aims to be on the island for about two. The documentary is now focused on the liberated African slaves in Rupert’s Valley, said Devere.

“It’s the story of how they came to be there, and when they were there,” he said. “That, against an airport story as well.”

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