Jamaicain atmosphere has been astonishing but the strict fmancial controls imposed by I.M.F. terms have meant that existing debts are still being paid off and money has not yet reached the streets. World conditions and in particular the sluggish bauxite market have not helped, but it is felt that the U.S backing given to Jamaica has been so public and is so important that the Americans cannot afford to let the recovery flounder. Jamirica's essential problem remains that of educating and developing the mass of its population, despite the best efforts of the Manley regime, but of course such programmes require money and at least there are now signs of revival in the tourist trade and a continuing awareness of the importance of agricultural production -other than that of marijuana! It is pleasant to be able to feel some optimism about such a beautiful and friendly island, especially since there are so few Caribbean countries right now where things are actually getting better. * * *
S.S. GOVERNOR loading sugar at Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1939. This photograph was discovered in a West Indies Circular dated March 23rd 1939 and describes Port of Spain's New Quay thus:- "The deep water harbour which was started in 1935 will be completed this year at a total cost of practically one million pounds. In the photograph the Harrison Line steamer, GO VERNOR, is seen "christening" the 3,000 feet long quay on February 16th by berthing alongside to load 7,000 tons of Trinidad sugar, which have now safely arrived in the United Kingdom. The depth alongSide the quay is 30 feet at dead low water, and five steel warehouses, each 405 feet long, have been built on it." On admiring the picture, a noted Harrison expert in West Indian customs commented that it most ably and artistically captures the air of relaxation for which Port of Spain has long been famous! It is interesting to note that there was 30 feet of water alongside 43 years ago. On page 2 of his 1981 Annual Report the Chairman has made mention of the draft limitations (26 feet) at Port of Spain today, which physically prevents the CAROL ships from making d1i路ect calls at Trinidad.
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Published on Jul 4, 2011