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High Altitude Research Project (HARP) 1962 – 1967

The High Altitude Research Project (HARP) space gun was set up at Paragon just to the east of the runway of what was then Seawell Airport – the brainchild of Canadian ballistics scientist Dr. Gerald Bull and jointly funded by McGill University, Canada and the USA Army Research and Development Center. The HARP project was …

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The old Kensington Oval, Barbados

The old Kensington Oval, Barbados – RIP

The Kensington Oval in Barbados is one of the world’s famous cricket grounds and every cricketer wants to play test cricket there. Many a historic match took place on the Mecca as it was called. For many years I organised a group of 10 to 20 friends when England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, India or South Africa …

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Alain Bombard zodiac L'Heretique Stroude Bay Barbados

Dr. Alain Bombard (1924 – 2005)

Dr.Alain Bombard was a French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a Zodiac rubber dinghy L’Heretique from Las Palmas to Barbados in 1952. He theorized that a human being could very well survive the trip across the ocean without provisions and decided to test his theory himself in order …

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HMS Victorious 1942 commanded by Bajan Henry C. Bovell

Vice Admiral Henry C. Bovell (1893 – 1963)

Henry Cecil Bovell was born in Barbados on the 4th of January 1893 the only son of the Sir Henry Alleyne Bovell KC, Attorney General of Barbados, and Lady Annie Cecil (nee Briggs) Bovell.  He died aged 70 on 31st March 1963. He left Hazelwood School ( In Collymore Rock)  in the summer of 1905 for …

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Greaves Crater named after Bajan William M. H. Greaves

William M. H. Greaves (1897 – 1955)

William Greaves’ family came from the west of England but were living in Barbados where his father, Eustace C. Greaves, was a doctor. William, who was his parents’ only son, attended Lodge School, Barbados, from 1905 to 1915, and then spent 1915-16 at Codrington College, Barbados. Having won a scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge, …

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Samuel Weatherhead (1756 – 1816)

Samuel Weatherhead was born in the parish of St. Philip, Barbados in 1756. At an early age, he ran away from home and took passage on a merchant ship sailing for England. En route, pirates seized the ship. However, Samuel and all on board escaped certain death when, by a small majority, the captors voted to spare …

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1969 BOMEX envelope

BOMEX (Barbados Oceanographic & Meteorological Experiment) -1969

The Barbados Oceanographic & Meteorological Experiment (BOMEX) was an experiment that took place in the western Atlantic and Barbados in May to July 1969. This recorded the Surface Air temperature, Wet Bulb Temperature, Humidity, Wind speed and direction, rainfall, Cloud cover, Visibility, Sea Surface Temperature and wave height and frequency. These recording were  made in Barbados and  by …

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