Life on the most remote inhabited island in the world

dmffire13feb083.jpgLocal Shock and Dismay at Calamity of Factory Loss
Initial report from Administrator David Morley sent at 13.37 on Wednesday 13th February

“The alarm was raised at around 0400 this morning when the Factory was seen to be on fire.  A fierce south westerly meant that by the time the fire engine arrived, nothing could be done except to let the Factory burn itself out.
No one was hurt.  But the community is understandably shocked and dismayed at what has happened.  However, it could have been so much worse.  Had the wind been blowing in a different direction the diesel tanks would probably have gone up too.  And as the fishing season has ended, the loss of revenue to the island is minimised.
However, also destroyed were the generators used to provide the island with its 24-hour electricity supply.  Work is currently in hand to link the standby generator to the mains, so that islanders can keep their freezers going.  The hospital has its own standby generator.  Power will be rationed and carefully managed until new generators can be supplied by Ovenstone from Cape Town.
Ovenstone MD Andrew James was extremely relieved to hear that no one was hurt, and is dispatching a team to Tristan to report on the situation.
The MOD is currently assessing the implications of this calamity on Operation Zest.” (Harbour refurbishment project)

Public Notice issued by Administrator David Morley and posted in the village
1. Following last night’s fire at the Factory, we hope to restore electricity supplies to the community later today. But it is absolutely crucial that you use only the minimum. Too heavy a load on the standby generator will cause it to fail. So use gas as much as possible and only essential electrical appliances. If you use too much electricity we may need to disconnect the supply to all residences. So please be careful.

2. Once the supply has been restored, it will be turned off at 1800 hours each day, and switched on again at 0630 the following morning. This restriction will apply until further notice.

3. Inter-island and FTN telephone services have been restored, although they will go down when the electricity is switched off. Internet and the TV service are suspended until further notice.

4. The Island Store will be closed until further notice, although arrangements will be made for those who need to buy essential goods to do so. Candles and salt will be rationed with immediate effect.

5. The hospital has its own standby generator and will continue to function normally. Those of you who rely on a regular power supply during the night in order to run medical aids should alert the Doctor of this requirement. If necessary you may need to attend the hospital for this purpose.

6. The Pub will open in the evening at 1800 hours and close at 1930 hours until further notice.

7. Please be assured that Ovenstone is taking this incident extremely seriously. Everyone there is working extremely hard to achieve a solution to our power shortage. We hope that the Lyme Bay can bring us a new generator as well as other essential equipment lost in the fire. As soon as I have more details I’ll let the community know.

Information from, the official Tristan da Cunha website.  Photograph credits to David Morely, Administrator, Tristan da Cunha


Comments on: "Fire update from" (7)

  1. Hello,

    I find your blog really interesting. I am totally fascinated with the life in Tristan Da Cunha. I would like to chat with someone from that island. I am very interested in making a “pen” pal from there.

    I am from Spain but currently living in England. If someone from Tristan Da Cunha is interested in getting in touch with me, send me an e-mail to juliods(at)

    I am looking forward to hearing from any “Tristaners” !!!

  2. I’m glad to hear that everyone is okay. Please keep us updated.

  3. Michael said:

    I am fascinated by life on Tristan if there are any individuals interested in speaking more about your everyday life on Tristan please contact.

    Macau, China

  4. orsonstravels said:

    I am also fascinated with life on Tristan. I see that March 2008 is the last entry and i hope it is not the last!

  5. Hiya – I found this site by mistake. I was searching in Yahoo for Accounting software that I had already bought when I found your site, I have to say your page is really informative, I just love the theme, its amazing!. I don’t have the time today to fully read your entire site but I bookmarked it and also will sign up for your RSS feed. I’ll back in a day or two. thanks for a nice site.

  6. What a pity 😦 wish everything goes well as soon as possible. crossfinger for this

  7. David M. Hurst said:

    looking for a pen pal from Tristan da Cunha my name is David Micheal Hurst I am a: avid gardener, engineer, Journeyman Electrician, Computer Repairman, Welder, draftsman, student Blacksmith,first year electron microscopist, epa certified refrigeration maintenance technician,mechanic,and inventor. But in all my life I have never found anyplace that is more interesting than Tristan da Cunha and what life must be like there. my email address is anyone in Tristan da Cunha who would like to be pen pals?

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