A ship which used to carry goods from Portland to a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean, has returned to the isle once again.

The St Helena, formerly known as the Royal Mail Ship St Helena, was spotted arriving into Portland Port by Paul Dallaway this afternoon.

The 6,767-tonne cargo and passenger vessel was once the sole source of supply of all goods for St Helena - a small island found 1,500 miles north west of Cape Town.

It was also one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world.

The vessel made made regular trips between St Helena and the UK from 1977 until it took its last voyage from Portland Port in 2011.

The 1,800 tonnes cargo ship left Dorset to make more regular trips between Cape Town, Ascension Island and St Helena to improve access to the island.

However, St Helena's long awaited airport was opened in 2016 and the ship was subsequently sold.

It made its last voyage from St Helena in January 2018. Its final voyage was marked with a public holiday on St. Helena.

The RMS St Helena was then renamed the MNG Tahiti and began a new life as a new life as a floating armoury in the Gulf of Oman.