I really enjoyed some time ashore in Tristan, the scenery is stunning

Leading Chef ‘Jonah’ Jones, HMS Portland

Keen to dust of their clubs after the passage from South Georgia were Portland’s golfers who fancied a crack at the world’s most isolated – and challenging – links course.

Able Seaman ‘Smudge’ Smith broke the course record with a below-par round of just 34 (over nine holes).

“It’s a really tough course but great fun; I’ve never played on a volcano before I was on good form today and I am really proud to have broken the Tristan course record, he said.

Footballers stretched their legs on the very uneven pitch against a local side who were assisted by 99 per cent humidity… and cows wandering around munching on the grass.

The rest of the ship’s company used their time to explore Tristan. One group was led on a hike to the summit of Queen Mary’s Peak, the volcano which dominates the island.

Back in 1961 the volcano, less than a mile away from the main settlement, erupted and the Royal Navy was called into evacuate the islanders.

“It is amazing to think that the huge hill we walked on appeared from nowhere over a couple of weeks!  It is so close to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the islanders were very lucky they didn’t lose everything,” said Leading Chef ‘Jonah’ Jones. “I really enjoyed some time ashore in Tristan, the scenery is stunning.”

Portland weighed anchor late in the evening to continue her South Atlantic patrol. She’s now slowly edging her way northwards ahead of a return to Plymouth in the spring.