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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Port Elmsley pka Barbadoes

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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Joe Fortes (1863 – 1922)

Joe Fortes (1863 – 1922)

Joseph (Joe) Seraphim Fortes was a prominent figure in the early history of Vancouver, Canada.  He was born in Bridgetown, Barbados on February 9, 1863.  After leaving his homeland in his mid-teens, he worked in Britain for several years. In 1884 he sailed around Cape Horn from Liverpool  on the Robert Kerr, arriving in Burrard Inlet  …

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Capt William T Shorey

Capt. William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919)

Known affectionately as the Black Ahab, William Thomas Shorey was born on January 25, 1859 on the island of Barbados in the British West Indies. He was the son of a Scottish sugar planter and a West Indian woman of mixed African and European ancestry. In 1875 he shipped to Boston, Massachusetts as a cabin …

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Cartoon of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle

Dr. Benjamin Bynoe (1803 – 1865)

Benjamin Bynoe was born in Christ Church Parish, Barbados in 1803. He came from a long established Barbadian family. Like so many Barbadians before and since, he sought fame and fortune off the island. In Bynoe’s case, he studied medicine and subsequently joined the Royal Navy. In October 1825, he was appointed Assistant Surgeon on …

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Dr. Colin Hudson

Dr. Colin Hudson – Agronomist, Environmentalist, Inventor and Hiker (1938 – 2004)

Dr. Colin Hudson was a British-born environmentalist and innovative scientist, who lived in Barbados. His acknowledgements were not only local but also international. After studying agronomy at Cambridge University, he came to Barbados in 1961 to work in sugar cane agronomy. In 1968, he assumed permanent residence in Barbados and completed a prize-winning doctorate at …

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