Guyana Then And Now

June 8, 2010

The Golden Arrow of Courage

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Philip Jardim, a former Pilot with BG Airways has sent in a short story he wrote covering some of the involvement of BG Airways in the Rupununi Rebellion of 1969. I’ve added Philip’s short story to the BG Airways page, click this link to go there.

The photo of the Rupununi below, is from Pauline’s Guyana 2009 collection, I just love the title.

Karanambu Airstrip, Departure Lounge, Guyana

Karanambu Airstrip, Departure Lounge (photo Pauline)


June 4, 2010

Trams of British Guiana

Peter Halder fired over an interesting link to the Tramways of British Guiana by Allen Morrison (Click photo below to go to the article, it’s well done, and has a good map of the tram lines in Georgetown).

Coincidently, while scouring the net for info on BG Airways I ran into a related article in The Montreal Gazette from Dec 3, 1935. They reported that in 1930 the Demerara Electric Company (A Canadian Company) after 30 years of operation closed the tramway service. The track was purchased by Edward Sill who employed about a third for use in his lumber operation at Sandhills, 30 miles up the Demerara river from Georgetown, the rest was sold to Japanese interests. Edward Sill’s lumber operation at Sandhills provided wood fuel to the Demerara Electric Company supplying electricty to Georgetown. The Gazette went on to say that Wallaba wood could be burned green and that two and three quarter ton of Wallaba wood provided as much heat as one ton of the best Welsh coal.

Another interesting British Guiana article also from The Montreal Gazette Nov 6, 1935.

Tram number 14 in Georgetown, British Guiana

Trams of British Guiana (click photo to goto the article)

June 3, 2010

British Guiana Airways Limited

I’ve added a page for British Guiana Airways Limited, click on photo to goto the page.

In the photo below check out that airplane beside Art Williams, it is an Ireland flying boat.

Grumman Goose Docking at Mackenzie, British Guiana

Art Williams Ad in The Montreal Gazette 1935

You just have to wonder what Art was doing advertising in the Montreal gazette (That’s Montreal, Canada). He mentions “Georgetown B.G.” as if everyone would know where that is.

May 9, 2010

Lethem Road to the Future

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My cousin Bruce found these two really good links…

NY Times Audio Slide Show, Along the road from Lethem to Georgetown

NY Times Audio Slide Show, Along the road from Lethem to Georgetown

You might even notice a pic of Mackenzie. Those NY Times guys are pretty good, so is cousin Bruce.

And the NY Times companion article…

NY Times Article on the Lethem Road in Guyana

NY Times Article, Muddy Road Molds Debate on the Future of Guyana

March 7, 2010

1922 Stanley Field Expedition to British Guiana

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Here is an interesting collection of old photos from “The Field Museum Library” photo archives on Flickr.

The ship R.H. Carr  on the River Dee, UK, 1927

Staebroek Market, 1922 (photo The Field Museum Library)

January 17, 2010

R.H. Carr Historical Data Update

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The R.H. Carr page has received a collection of historical photos along with some research provided by John Grimshaw and the Flintshire Record Office.

Do not copy the following photo without the permission of the Flintshire Record Office at:

County Records Office
The Old Rectory, Hawarden, CH5 3NR
United Kingdom
Tel: 01244532364

The ship R.H. Carr  on the River Dee, UK, 1927

The Steam Ship R.H. Carr on the River Dee, 1927 (photo Flintshire Record Office Collection D-DM-338-1 Photo No 132 RH Carr 1927)

January 1, 2010

The Healer

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Peter Halder has added another story “The Healer” located under More Stories here. You’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page.

December 8, 2009

Watooka House in 2009

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In addition to the R.H. Carr adventure, John and Pauline Grimshaw also visited and stayed at the Watooka House (It is looking just fine). Their photo shoot included a set of videos which can be reached at the Watooka House page or by clicking any of the photos below.

Watooka House now even has it’s own page on the web, although it doesn’t like Firefox.

Watooka House 2009

Watooka House 2009 (photo Pauline)

Watooka House 2009

Watooka House 2009 (photo Pauline)

Watooka House 2009

Watooka House 2009 (photo Pauline)

December 2, 2009

Finding the Wreck of the R.H. Carr

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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.

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