Peter Burton

Peter Burton maintains the BajanThings website. He is William Burton's cousin. Peter writes the occasional BajanThings post.

Rocket launch from CSG - Mike duTo

Rocket payload fairings wash up in Barbados post launch from Guiana Space Centre (CSG), French Guiana

Barbados has always been the destination for things that drift across the Atlantic such as: Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra Expeditions , Dr. Alain Bombard, The loss of The Kent – a letter in a bottle story, The story of John Heller, Survivors arriving in Barbados in May 1942 from ships sunk by German U-Boats and British …

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Mbissine Thérèse Diop

Millie gone to Brazil, Oh Lawd, poor Millie

In the 1920s a man called Bailey murdered his common-law wife Millie and deposited her corpse in a well.  There are conflicting reports about the location of that well. Below are the words to a well-known Barbadian folk song written by an unknown author in the 1920s. Millie gone to BrazilOh Lawd, poor MillieMillie gone …

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Aerial view of Carlisle Bay including torpedo net - 1942

Anti Submarine & Torpedo Net – Carlisle Bay, Barbados 1942

In early September 1942 the Royal Navy installed an anti-submarine and anti-torpedo boom net across Carlisle Bay. That boom net was tested and breached on 11th September 1942 shortly after 4:30 by German U-boat 514. In 1942 Carlisle Bay was much deeper than it is today. Burkes beach at times had no beach and the …

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Barbados Hiking Association 2019 Hill Challenge

Barbados Hiking Association 2019 Hill Challenge

Sunrise. The 2019 Hill Challenge started at 6.03am on Wednesday 1st May 2019.  Here are a selection of photos of those who took part in this annual May Bank holiday event. Photos taken by William who was manning two water stops. The first was at Chalky Mount by the old school.  After the last walker …

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SGT Errol Barrow RAF Navigator, 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Socia, Canada – 7 April 1944

Errol Barrow – Statesman, Prime Minister of Barbados, RAF Navigator World War II

Errol Walton Barrow – Statesman, first and fourth Prime Minister of Barbados spent six years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) where he was a RAF Navigator with 88 Squadron during World War II and for two years post war with BAFO Communications Squadron. This is the story of Errol Barrow and his time as …

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Snappy Snaps 1910 - 1939

A sailing trip aboard the schooner Mary M. Lewis from Bridgetown to Georgetown – Summer 1939.

This is the story of a sailing adventure by 3 boys: Joe Burton (aged 18), Jim Burton (aged 16) and “Ginger” Edwards (aged 16?) who sailed from Bridgetown to Georgetown and back on board the schooner Mary M. Lewis in the summer of 1939.  Joe Burton and Jim Burton were brothers. “Ginger”Edwards was the junior …

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