Westward bound crossing the Atlantic from the United Kingdom to Boston, Ma.
Ascension Island (British Overseas Territory)
The small island of Ascension lies between Africa and South America, in the middle of the South Atlantic, covering an area of only 35 square miles. Though it was discovered by the Portugese in 1501, it was not inhabited until 1815, when a British Navy garrison was established. Ascension served as a provisioning and rest station for ships involved in suppressing the slave trade in the early 1800's. During WWII, Ascension served as a stopping point for US military aircraft transiting to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Ascension is a rocky peak of volcanic origin with its base just west of the mid-Atlantic ridge. Much of the island is covered by basalt lava flows and cinder cones. The last major volcanic eruption took place about 600 years ago. The highest point, Green Mountain, some 2,817 feet high, is covered with lush vegetation.
The island is known for green turtles, which come ashore on the beaches from January to May to lay their eggs. It is also a breeding place for the sooty tern, or "wideawake", large numbers of which settle there to hatch their eggs. Other offshore nesting seabirds are boobies, Ascension frigate birds, Boatswain birds, petrels and noddies. Land birds include canaries, mynahs, francolins, waxbills and sparrows. The island is also home to feral donkeys, sheep, cats, rabbits, two species of lizards, land crabs, rats and mice. All wild life except feral cats, rats, mice and rabbits is protected by law. The ocean surrounding the island abounds with shark, wahoo, barracuda, tuna, bonita, sailfish, marlin and other game fish.
41 Nights at Sea
Boston, the capital and largest city in Massachusetts, and one of the oldest cities in the United States, is the economic and cultural center of New England. The city proper has a population over 600 thousands, and anchors the larger metropolitan area of Greater Boston with a population over 4 million people.
Puritan colonists from England founded the city in 1630. During the American Revolution Boston was the scene of several historic events, including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill,and the battles of Lexington and Concord. With land reclamation, Boston expanded beyond Beacon Hill and the Shawmut peninsula, to build the classic mid-19th century residential neighborhood known as Back Bay.
After independence, Boston became a major port and manufacturing center. The city is the site of several firsts, including America's first public school - Boston Latin School, the first college - Harvard College, in neighboring Cambridge, and the first subway system in the United States.
Boston is a center of higher education With many colleges and universities in the city and surrounding area, and a center for medicine, with renown hospitals, medical schools and biotechnology companies. Boston is home to many cultural institutions, including Symphony Hall & the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, the mother church of Christian Science, the iconic Richardson Romanesque Trinity Church, and of course the Red Sox, and the Public Garden's beloved Swan Boats.