St. Mary's-July-2011

St Mary's (Cornish: Ennor) is the largest island of the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the southwest coast of Cornwall in England.


The main town, Hugh Town (Cornish: Tre Huw), was sold to the inhabitants by the British crown in 1949. The rest of the island belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. Other settlements on the island are Old Town, Porthloo, Holy Vale, Maypole, Rocky Hill and Telegraph.
The island became the home of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his final resting place after his death in 1995.

St. Mary's is the only island within the Isles of Scilly with a significant road network; in 2005 there were 619 cars and vans on St Mary's. The island also has taxis and a community bus service. Vehicles on the islands are exempt from annual MOT tests.[1][2][3]
By air, the island is served by St. Mary's Airport. The following air services currently operate:
Helicopter services, operated by British International Helicopters, from Penzance Heliport.[4]
Fixed-wing aircraft services, operated by Isles of Scilly Skybus, from Land's End, Newquay, Exeter, Bristol and Southampton.[5]
By sea, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company provides a passenger and cargo service from Penzance, which is currently operated by the Scillonian III passenger ferry, supported by the Gry Maritha cargo vessel. The other islands are linked to St. Mary's by a network of inter-island launches.

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