William Burton

William Burton is the editor of BajanThings.com. BajanThings.com reflects my three loves: preserving handed down Bajan history, hiking and international travel.

Havana Cuba

Cuba

Cuba is a country that is misrepresented and misunderstood by the rest of the world. I have a very different view from that portrayed in the press and internet. Cubans are very proud of their heritage and history. Their education and health care systems are much better than most countries. There are many Colectivos (shared …

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The Great Outdoors Challenge 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge 2019

The Great Outdoor Challenge celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. It was conceived by Hamish Brown as a self-supported backpacking crossing of Scotland. Roger Smith was the editor of the TGO Magazine and he supported the idea when Hamish approached him. There are no categories or prizes. Everyone gets the same T-shirt, thanks to Berghaus …

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Mendoza and Aconcagua

Mendoza and Aconcagua. Wine and Mountains.

Mendoza in northern Argentina is famous for two things. One is the very good Malbec wine that the region produces.   Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya region, is in the Parque Provincial Aconcagua.  I choose the hike to Plaza de Mulas which is the base camp for anyone wishing to climb the mountain. …

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East Coast - Barbados Railway 1883 to 1937

The Colin Hudson Great (Barbados) Train Hike

– A spike in Covid-19 cases in Barbados since January 2021 has meant that The 2021 Colin Hudson Memorial Great Train Hike which was due to take place on Sunday 21st February 2021 has unfortunately had to be cancelled – The Great Train Hike was conceived by Dr. Colin Hudson and the first official walk was on …

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Allied Merchant Ships Sunk - Capt. W.H.R. Armstrong

Survivors arriving in Barbados in May 1942 from ships sunk by German U-Boats

In May of 1942 there was intense activity by U-Boats in the Caribbean that resulted in heavy losses of allied shipping. Germany was trying, and succeeding, to disrupt the supplies of war material reaching Europe from the USA and Caribbean. Trinidad and Venezuela were supplying the allies with petroleum products, Guyana with Bauxite and the …

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Bajan schooner - Florence M. Douglas

The Sinking of the Florence M. Douglas and the story of Douglas the Barbadian who joined the German Navy in WW2.

The Florence M. Douglas was a schooner built in Holetown, Barbados, and owned by Peter S. Hassell.  On the 4th May 1942 she was sailing at 07.55N 58.10W from Bonaire, Netherland Antilles, to Georgetown, British Guiana, with a cargo of salt. At 19:00 the U-162 fired a shot across the bow and Captain Herbert Rexford …

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SS Quaker City torpedoed by U-156

SS Quaker City. Torpedoed 18th May 1942. The story of John Heller

The morning of the 18th May 1942 dawned like all previous mornings since the SS Quaker City, a Hog Island class merchant ship, left Bombay and sailed via South Africa on the way to Norfolk, Virginia. She was loaded with 4,500 tons of Manganese Ore. This is a very important ingredient in the production of steel …

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