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Alain Bombard zodiac L'Heretique Stroude Bay Barbados

Dr. Alain Bombard (1924 – 2005)

During the Second World War many sailors on both sides of the conflict lost their lives from thirst and starvation when they took to the lifeboats after their ship was sunk. Dr. Alain Bombard was a French Heart Specialists who was working at a hospital in Boulogne-sur-mer in 1951 when 43 men lost their lives …

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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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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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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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Careenage Shrimp Boats July 1970 Jim Webster

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BajanThings is all about Barbadian things.  Bajan history. Interesting Bajan people. Hiking in Barbados and Overseas. International Travel… BajanThings.com reflects my three loves: preserving handed down Bajan history hiking and international travel. The BajanThings home page lists all the posts in chronological order.  The BajanThings website navigation bar is categorised so you can easily find …

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