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BVI Maritime History

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Maritime History

RMS Rhone of Salt Island, British Virgin Islands 1867

Remembering the RMS Rhone ~ 1867

Remembering the Rhone One of the most tragic hurricanes to ever befall the British Virgin Islands happened 151 years ago. […]

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Wreck of the HMS Rhone, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

New Book Launched, Twice She Struck, The Story of RMS RHONE

New Book Launching I recently attended a fascinating presentation on the launching of a new book about the fate of […]

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The Loss of the British sloop, KITE from Tortola, British Virgin Islands ~ 1901 By Valerie Sims

The Disappearance of the Fishing Sloop, KITE ~ 1901

Note: This image is a part of the Estus H. Magoon Collection, Item No. 1398. It is not an actual […]

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Lost at Sea! A Jost Van Dyke Sloop Vanishes Without a Trace ~ 1916

Imagine saying farewell to your loved one at the dock as they boarded a boat, then discovering later that they […]

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The Loss of the Spider ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Disappearance of the British Sloop, SPIDER During a Hurricane ~ 1916

St. Thomas was struck by one of the most destructive hurricanes in the history of the Danish West Indies! ⚡ The […]

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The Loss of the schooner, Fancy Me, from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1926 By Valerie Sims

The Sinking of the FANCY ME ~ 1926

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the schooner, FANCY ME and the loss of the lives of so many […]

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Sailing canoe, YAKABOO with Captain Frederik Fenger at the helm, visits the British Virgin Islands in 1911. By Valerie Sims.

Follow Along as the YAKABOO Island Hops Through the British Virgins ~ 1911

  It was Thursday, June 22nd, the Coronation Day of George the Fifth, when a little sailing canoe anchored in the […]

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Irma II of the Virgin Islands

Find Your Family on this 1918 Passenger List!

During the early twentieth century, sailing vessels were the lifelines for island residents.   Below are the stories of some of them and their […]

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SS Prasident transports BVI workers from the Dominican Republic to the Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sugarcane Laborers Return Home on a German Cargo Ship ~ 1912

During the summer of 1912, many seasonal sugarcane laborers from the British Virgin Islands, working in the Dominican Republic, returned […]

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Tortola sloop wrecked off St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1933 By Valerie Sims

Tortola Sloop Caught With Contraband! ~ 1933

From 1920 to 1933, the US Virgin Islands was included in the nationwide ban during prohibition. Despite the law, many imported […]

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Carrying Cane Workers between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands

Carrying Cane Workers ~ 1917

Between 1914 and 1939, the Dominican Sugarcane plantations employed hundreds of seasonal cane workers from the British Virgin Islands! 🇻🇬  According to Canefields of the Dominican Republic, by Will […]

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The Loss of the British sloop, SYRIA off St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1912 By Valerie Sims

Sad Sea Catastrophe: The Loss of the British Sloop, SYRIA ~ 1912

The history of the Creque family is filled with intrigue and adventure!   However, it also has its fair share of calamities. Six branches […]

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The FLIGHT brings party-goers to Tortola for the August Festival in the 1940s.

The Yacht, FLIGHT Takes Party-Goers to Tortola ~ 1946

For many years members of our family enjoyed the annual August festival in Tortola! Here is an excerpt of an article written by W. […]

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Interested in the USVI Boats?

Here are a few stories ...

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

44 Ships Belonging to the North Atlantic Fleet Pass Very Close to St. Croix ~ 1917

How Derrick Barges Help the Maritime Industry ~ 1933

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

Thrilling Experience Touring A German Cruiser ~ 1932

Repairing the EL CARIBE by Hand ~ 1937

Finding a Few Photographs and Invoices Keeps One Schooner’s History Alive ~ 1920

Find Your Family on this 1918 Passenger List!

Here’s a Glimpse of an Ill-Fated Schooner Before She Sunk ~ 1921

How Pencil-Written Notes and Photographs Preserved Schooner’s History ~ 1920

How One Brave Captain Touched the Hearts of Many As He Sailed Around the World ~ 1937

The Mail Schooner, VIRGINIA Visits ~ 1921

Big Job Pumping Out The Barge ~ 1930

Sugarcane Laborers Return Home on a German Cargo Ship ~ 1912

Tortola Sloop Caught With Contraband! ~ 1933

Carrying Cane Workers ~ 1917

See the Four-Masted Schooner Before She was Destroyed by Fire ~ 1920

Rare Photograph of the EAGLE at the Railway ~ 1920s

A Few Lucky Residents Tour a One of a Kind Wonder Before She Sunk ~ 1914

Servicing the USS RANGER at the Railway ~ 1925

Repairing the MAMIE COYLE ~ 1929

The Most Beautiful Ship in the World Visits St. Thomas ~ 1938

How the Crew Survived its Sinking ~ 1932

The Loss of a Loved One Aboard the SS Proteus ~ 1941

The Yacht, FLIGHT Takes Party-Goers to Tortola ~ 1946

Honoring the Men of the MARION ~ 1930s

Watching the St. John-Pelican Cay Sloop Race ~ 1937

Visiting a German School Ship! ~ 1938

This Schooner’s Photograph Became a Popular Postcard ~ 1912

Local Artists Thrilled as 30 Pianos Arrive on the SS DOMINICA ~ 1934

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