Bajan People

Bajan’s (Barbadian’s) that have done outstanding things or have made outstanding contributions.

Bovell & Skeete letter head 1964

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973

Post World War II Bovell & Skeete was the largest and most prestigious public accounting firm in Barbados. The partnership name was registered in 1941 but an earlier partnership, Thomas and Bovell, had been formed much earlier in the 1870’s. In fact, the Cable & Wireless address of ‘TAB’ continued to be used by Bovell […]

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Errol Barrow, Statesman, PM Barbados, RAF Navigator - crew graduation No. 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Socia Canada - 7 April 1944

F/O Errol Barrow RAF Navigator World War II & Prime Minister of Barbados

Errol Walton Barrow (21st January 1920 – 1st June 1987): distinguished Barbadian statesman, visionary leader and a champion of Caribbean unity who led Barbados to independence on 30th November 1966 and then served as Barbados’ first and fourth Prime Minister. Prior to independence from: 1961 to 1966 as leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Errol

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Snappy Snaps 1910 - 1939

A sailing trip aboard the schooner Mary M. Lewis from Bridgetown to Georgetown – Summer 1939.

This is the story of a sailing adventure by 3 boys: Joe Burton (aged 18), Jim Burton (aged 16) and “Ginger” Edwards (aged 16?) who sailed from Bridgetown to Georgetown and back on board the schooner Mary M. Lewis in the summer of 1939.  Joe Burton and Jim Burton were brothers. “Ginger”Edwards was the junior

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

Survivors arriving in Barbados in May 1942 from merchant 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 World War II.

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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