Iwalani's Voyage Around the World
Map of AscensionAscension Island lies along the mid-Atlantic volcanic ridge about half way between Africa and South America. The island is about 34 square miles. Near the end of the 1800?s the Eastern Telegraph Company, now Cable and Wireless, landed a submarine cable, which marked the end of the islands isolation. During a Second World War planes re-fueled here en route from Brazil to Africa. In the 1950s the United States set up a missile tracking station and a NASA earth station, which tracked the Apollo missions. Communication projects dominate the economy. Water supply is always a concern due to the low annual rainfall. Since 1967 distilled water has been used. The main language is English, the capital is Georgetown and the resident population is approximately 1000. As a traditional port of call for ships of Cape of Good Hope route, the few yachts that sail this route sometimes stop at Ascension. The climate is tropical, hot and dry.