Guyana Then And Now

December 2, 2009

Finding the Wreck of the R.H. Carr

Filed under: guyana — Pirai @ 7:28 pm
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The intrepid John and Pauline Grimshaw did a little poking around during their recent trip to Guyana. With the assistance of A. Mazaharally & Sons they visited the old wreck of the R.H. Carr, reputed to be located at Skull Point, now confirmed.

John says “I think Skull Point is on the Cuyuni River, just upstream from its confluence with the Mazaruni River”.

Pauline also took a bunch of still photos…

Click the following photo to go to the R.H. Carr page where you can view the video and some of the photos.

R.H. Carr at Skull Point on the Cuyuni River, Guyana

The last remains of the R.H. Carr at Skull Point on the Cuyuni River, Guyana, 2009-10-21 (photo Pauline)

The R.H. Carr page has been suitably updated with the news.



  1. I feel like I am looking at a ghost of my past. We left Wismar at 8:00 am and normally arrive in Georgetown at approximately 3:00 pm. My mother would pack low-mein (we called it chowmein) usually chicken chowmein in one plastic bag and beef chowmein in another. On the boat the vendors would be selling tangerines and bananas. When it was lunch time everyone would be opening their lunch kits and it seemed like everyone had called each other up and planned to take chowmein for lunch. The whole boat would be smelling of beef chowmein or chicken chowmein or pork chowmein. The men would be having their “drinks” in the front of the boat and we would have to pass there in order to get to the toilets which one could smell the piss a few feet of approaching.

    Half way to GT little boats would approach and the huge “RH” would slow down….so that people on board – the lower deck – could hang over and buy the goodies being offered by the vendors in the little boats bobbing up and down caused by the waves of the majestic RH. The RH would tilt to the side when all the people rushed to that side, and I would be afraid and stay in my seat.
    The bosomy ladies of Linden all displayed their ample wares in their low cut dresses. And those who nursed their little picnies, all plucked their breasts unconcernedly from their dresses and planted them into the mouths of their hungry picnies.
    I think travelling on the “RH Carr” was like one huge picnic…..

    Comment by Janet Joseph — March 19, 2011 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Janet I have vague memories of living in Clemwood and travelling on the RHCarr. We were in Bartica this past July. I wished I had known before where that hard working steamer was resting. Just for old times sake I would have visited it.
      Desiree Rambali.

      Comment by Desiree Irwin — January 15, 2014 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

      • Hi Desiree, I agree with you about the RHCarr, but I have not been back since 1975, I am wondering if by any chance you are related to Abe Irwin ??

        Comment by Dorothy Chabrol — January 15, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

      • Dorothy, I am sorry, but that is my married name. My surname before was “Rambali” My dad taught in Clemwood, when I was about 4 I think. I remember being so scared when the ships, going to or from Mackenzie, would blow their whistle. Funny what one remembers.

        Comment by Desiree Irwin — January 15, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

  2. does anyone remember the name of the two brothers who were mountain climbers in B.G please send me a comment with their names

    Comment by Dorothy — October 2, 2013 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  3. I also travelled on the RH Carr on several occasions. these postings bring back memories.

    Comment by Andree Alexander — October 8, 2014 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  4. My dad taught in Clemwood., so I had many trips on the RH Carr as a little girl. Sad to see the old girl.

    Comment by Des Irwin — October 9, 2014 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  5. I left G’town in 1943 and do not recall the Carr as we din nt travel ‘Up the Demerara’. I do recall Art. Williams and thought that his Airplane was a “Walrus, Pusher’ and noisy. No one seeems to recall VP3BG and ZFY before Bookers-Redifusion threw out the ‘Locals’ who started broadcasting from 1, Wellington St. in 1935.
    B G was then refered to as ‘Bookers Guiana.
    Louis C. Kellman. Fergus ON, Canada.

    Comment by Louis C. Kellman — December 19, 2014 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

    • Sail on R.H. Carr
      By Dmitri Allicock
      Demerara voyagers traveling Inland River trail
      From coastal Georgetown to tranquility we sail
      Rough muddy waters and wide river mouth
      Narrowing valley with smoother waters of the south
      Laughter and waving children from second class
      Soft petal winds of nature and riverlife we must pass
      Kingfishers at water’s edge while macaws wing their flight
      Splendid blossoms and dancing fronds in brilliant sunlight
      Settlements of homesteads like Dora and Clemwood
      Boatloads of plantain and slow moving rafts of hardwood
      Smell of freshly cut Wallaba and Greenheart at sawmills
      Snacks of buns and mauby slowly meanders forest hills
      Anchor lowered in the middle for passengers and post
      A golden chance to see Guyana away from the coast
      Eight peaceful hours of leisure as 65 miles unfold
      A special time of innocence and life to behold
      Sail on dear R.H Carr on the gentle winds of azure sky
      Trumpeting horn and thrilling pulse of Demerara goodbye

      Comment by Dmitri Allicock — December 19, 2014 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

    • Two Items.
      The BG Airways had a ‘Hanger’ on the West Bank between #1 and #2 Canals. The Aircraft I remember was called ‘Walrus Flying Boat’ made in Ireland. Today I see that ‘B G Airways’ is not listed as owning that Aircraft.
      RIP. To those involved with the ‘Guiana Art Society’ I wish to announce the passing away of one of the 70 Guyanese Artists, Caroline (Coral) E. nee. Kellman, in California . I do not think that anyone, alive today, would remember her or own any of her pieces. RIP Coral.

      Comment by Louis C. Kellman — January 11, 2015 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  6. My Dad Henry Stokes worked at John Fernandes Ltd “Hurudaia,” we travelled every holiday to Hurudaia on the R.H Carr to spend the holidays with my father. Our journey started around 5.30 from Plaisance Village to Sprostons Warf, we then travelled up the Demerara River to Hurudaia, great times for my brothers and sister.

    Comment by Anthony Stokes — May 12, 2017 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

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