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Small Hope, St. John, Barbados

Barbados Almanacs: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1848 – 1871

This is the third in our series of stories based upon transcriptions of old plantation sugar-works tables and records. Previously, we published the sugar-works listings from the Barbados Handbooks 1912 – 24 and the Ronnie Hughes Plantation list 1640 – 1846.  The latter was previously published on the plantations.bb website which no longer exists. The …

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Barbados Sugar Estate with Windmill and Factory

Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846

Ronald G. Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846 index was compiled from deeds, wills, maps, census, newspapers, surveyors’ plans and correspondence. The basis of this listing was Ronnie Hughes seminar paper 1977/78, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, titled: “Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846“. Over the ensuing years …

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P/O Andrew Cole in Lockheed Hudson cockpit

The Beautiful Blonde in the Bank – F/L Andrew Leslie Cole AFC RAF

Errol Barrow was Andrew Cole’s navigator while he was in the RAF, firstly with 88 Squadron during World War II and for two years post-war they both flew with the BAFO Communications Squadron, assigned to Commander-in-Chief and Military Governor of the British Occupation Zone in Germany, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Sholto …

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Forster Hall, St. , Barbados

Handbook of Barbados: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1912 – 1924

Handbook of Barbados – 1912. 1913, 1914. A handbook is sometimes referred to as a: vade mecum (Latin, “go with me”) or pocket reference or quick reference guide. – Wikipedia The Handbooks of Barbados, during the period of 1912 – 14, presented a comprehensive guide to most everything about Barbados: part visitor guide, weather guide, …

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Lump of Manjak - Barbados

Manjak

The origins of Barbados and the Petroleum deposits we see in the Scotland area began about 50 million years ago and approximately 4 km below the sea level.  The rivers of South America were depositing layers of gravel, sand and organic material across the ocean floor.  The sea was populated with small marine organisms and …

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Dr. C. J. Davis - The Good Black Doctor

Christopher James Davis (1842-1870) – Le Bon Docteur Noir

Christopher James Davis was born at Whitehaven, St. Philip, Barbados on 23rd April 1842.  He was baptised on 4th June the same year. He was the youngest of 10 children. His Father, John Thomas Davis, was a Carpenter. His mother’s name was Mary Ann.  His family were Wesleyan Methodists.  Christopher Davis worked as a schoolmaster …

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Nine Fishermen. Bath Beach East Coast, Barbados, 1896 - B&W

A Fisherman’s Tale

Every Picture Tells a Story Adorning the walls of the Atlantis Hotel, St. Joseph, Barbados hangs an old black and white photo… titled the “Martins Bay Fisherman” – it’s a picture with many stories. On an early December morning, near the turn of the 20th century, a photographer loaded his camera and a box of …

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CNS Lady boats poster

The Canadian Lady Boats

Between 1928 and 1952 The Canadian National Steamship Company Lady Boats operated two routes from Canada to the West Indies the: eastern-route route: where steamships, Lady Nelson, Lady Hawkins and Lady Drake, provided a year-round service every two weeks from Halifax to Bermuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, …

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OGILBY (JOHN) Barbados map

The Printed Maps of Barbados 1500 – 1900

The Printed Maps of Barbados, described by Tony Campbell and illustrated, was published (one year prior to Barbados Independence) in 1965  by The Map Collectors’ Circle, Durrant House, Chiswell Street, London EC1.  It is no longer in print yet remains a valuable resource for historians, genealogists and map lovers.  Its scarcity, yet significance, became the motivation for this project. …

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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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