Cruises from Ascension Island
Georgetown, Ascension Island is located just south of the equator in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 1,600 km (994 mi) from the coast of Africa. It is a British overseas territory grouped with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha. Since the 15th century, the location of the island made it a useful stopping point for ships and communications. In February 1701, HMS Roebuck, commanded by William Dampier, sunk in Clarence Bay to the northwest of the island but all crew survived.
In 1815 the Royal Navy officially designated the island as a stone frigate, "HMS Ascension", with the classification of "Sloop of War of the smaller class" and in 1942 it was designated "RAF Ascension Island".