Ever wonder what the inter-island sloops were transporting below in their holds?
Some may think it contraband and many times it was, but mostly it was passengers, cases of fruit, home grown vegetables and cattle.
Photographing the Eagle
It was here that our great-grandfather took several photographs of her.
If this vessel was built in the Danish West Indies, then unbeknownst to him, he captured some of the rarest photographs of an indigenous, wooden sloop made by local boat builders and craftsmen of that time.
These vessels were the lifelines between the islands and none of them have survived that we are aware of.
Incredibly, a project by David Knight Sr. and Laurette de T. Prime called Virgin Islands Exodus discovered the faces of the crewman and some of the passengers that traveled on the Eagle.
These priceless photographs were retrieved from the US Citizens Identification System stored at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
While I can't say with 100% certainty that this vessel was built in the Danish West Indies, it is a rarity to uncover photos of a 100-year old wooden sloop, together with pictures of her boatmen, her passengers, their birth dates and places of birth.
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~ Seamen working on the EAGLE ~
~Passengers of the EAGLE~