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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

~ Rudyard Kipling

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

~ Chinese proverb

Life is but a little story, punctuated in the main with commas of our happiness and periods of our pain.

~ Edgar Selwyn

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.

~ Sue Monk Kidd

People are hungry for stories. It's part of our being.

~ Studs Terkel

In the end, only the stories survive.

~ Alexis M. Smith

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.

They are the currency of human contact.

~ Robert McKee

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The Dedication of the New Catholic Church in Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands ~ 1963

Dedicating the New Catholic Church in Cruz Bay ~ 1963

This chapel has been our family’s favorite place of worship for a very long time.   My husband and I […]

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Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Postcards of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School ~ 1924

Yesterday and today….my how the years pass for our old alma mater. In about seven more years, the school building […]

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St. Thomas, Gem of the Caribbean Poem

St. Thomas, the Gem of the Caribbean, a Poem ~ 1924

Here’s a beautiful poem about St. Thomas. Saint Thomas, the Gem of the Caribbean Saint Thomas, the Gem of the […]

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Rare, souvenir booklet found of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1897

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

This rare, souvenir booklet of the Danish West Indies is a fabulous find! It was produced by Mr. Edward Fraas, […]

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Celebrated Fragrance makes Simmonds & Co a success in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1850s

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Every wonder what the earliest fragrances were that were sold on Main Street in St. Thomas? Today, some of the […]

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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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Interested in the Maritime H
istory?

Here are a few stories about visiting vessels and local boats ...

5 Distinctive Features of a Tortola Sloop ~ 1957

Remembering the RMS Rhone ~ 1867

Message in a Bottle Found on Virgin Gorda Beach! ~ 1833

The Beautiful Boston-Built Schooner, GITANA anchors in the Harbor ~ 1899

See the Damage to the Creque Marine Railway After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

The Disappearance of the Fishing Sloop, KITE ~ 1901

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

Happy National Maritime Day

Early Image of the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1912

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

9 Newspaper Men Are First to Tour the Danish Training Ship, DANMARK ~ 1934

How Derrick Barges Help the Maritime Industry ~ 1933

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

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

Thrilling Experience Touring A German Cruiser ~ 1932

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

The Sinking of the FANCY ME ~ 1926

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

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 Popularity of Snipe Boat Racing ~ 1936

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

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

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

Rare BAT FISH Captured! ~ 1939

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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