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Then & Now – Information

 

Tropical Storm Isaac just passed by to the South of the Virgin Islands on Thursday last (August, 23, 2012) and although the Virgin Islands did not experience hurricane force winds we still experienced winds gusting at 50mph and quite a bit of rain.

Each time we get ready for a storm it conjures up memories of past hurricanes, which some Virgin Islanders have written about such as the one of 1924. “The great hurricane of 1924 did a lot of damage throughout the BVI, and Road Town and Baughers Bay were especially hard hit. Many people were killed, particularly in Baughers Bay, and one person was killed in Road Town. The Cottage Hospital, built by Major Peebles was destroyed, and Government House and many other Government buildings were badly damaged. The Methodist Church was destroyed…” (Memoirs of H. R. Penn, A Personal Account of the History and Politics of the British Virgin Islands in the Twentieth Century. p.16)  Now-a-days, the Royal Navy visits to help in the time of natural disaster – RFA ARGUS was here for a brief visit and left the territory on August 22, 2012 for the island of Anguilla – I was fortunate to have gone on board for the press conference on the 21st  and to learn that they would be around during these stormy days in the event of any natural disaster.

Then & Now historical info

In “1922 – a two room hospital was opened in Road Town, Tortola, and was named the Cottage Hospital but after its severe damage in 1924 by a ferocious hurricane, which was followed by a tidal wave, the hospital was remodeled and renamed ‘Peebles Hospital’ in honour of it founder….Major H. W. Peebles who was appointed Commissioner of the Virgin Islands in 1919. ” (Vernon Pickering)

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