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This covered the islands of St. Maarten, Saba & St. Eustatius(Statia). This was the year I moved to Statia & bought the 300+yr old great house shown on the cover. Of course the picture was taken before I cleaned up the property and started restoring. The house was Admiral Rodney's headquarters after his fleet took the island in, I believe 1781.
Before you ask, the phone I put together from some original parts & not but part antique.


  1. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Very cool write up tell more...
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I assume you mean history, not the phone book. Well the Brits took Statia because it fired a salute to the Colonial flag & so The Netherlands were the 1st to officially recognize the "states". It was THE major supplier of arms & munitions to the colonies as it was neutral. That salute gave the Limies the excuse to shut it down & declare war on the dutch. Statia was said to be the richest spot on the planet at this time & called "The Golden Rock". Even Brit. merchants were selling thru there. Rodney was making so much money selling everything in Statia that he kept half his fleet there when the French fleet sailed into the Chesapeake to block aid to Cornwallis. With only half the Brit. fleet there, they lost. This was basically what won the Revolution and the French were hardly given credit at all in Amer. history. (I think this is the beginning of the animosity the Fr. seem to have for the Americans).
    A book could be written on the history of the house. A tunnel was found going between a gov't. house across the street & the fort with a lot of records going back to the 1700's & I had a friend who was studying them telling me anything that was mentioned about the house. An incoming Govenour had a dispute with the incumbent & 1 shot the other on my stairs. Enough for now. Queen Beatrice bought the house & it is not the musee'. Very impressed with her. Just like talking to anybody. natural & no pretenses. Even liked her ex-kraut husband a lot.
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Can't seem to edit the "not the Musee'" to "now the musee'". Actually musee' in Fr. is muse'e but it looks strange to me with the gap between the e's when typed. Live with it! It's my poste!
  4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    ...Well Done ..thank you ..and love the phone...
  5. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    wasent the first Freemason lodge thier from the the Irish or Brits ..?
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Thanks. A friend gave me the remains of the phone. Made a new/old case & mounted an old German phone works in it so that it worked when we had land-lines. The old bells were a bit of nostalgia & visitors loved to hear it ring & talk on it. Can't hook it up to a cell phone!
    By the way, I don't believe in ghosts but that house had 4 jumbies.
  7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Pretty sharp looken ...nice job on it ..
  8. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Union Lodge 266, E:. of St. gut to go feed the cat
  9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy----, I never heard references to the masons in the 8 1/2 yrs I lived there. You have stirred my interest. Do you have a source? I spent a lot of time reading the head-stones in the yard of the "Much Deformed Church"/ Dutch Reformed Church & other cemeteries but don't remember seeing their symbols. Lots of skulls & crossbones.
  10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    I just Google . but you can contact any lodge anywhere around you and they may help ya get the info .....
  11. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    The Irish where the first to set up shop all around those Ilands as far as I remember.....
  12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy----, you are talking about 250 yrs ago! (plus). Even if they were there, would it be interesting to know about it now?
  13. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Sure if you like Time for me to hit the rack been a long day my friend ...Hopefully we will talk agian...
  14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I question your sources about the Irish. I don't remember any Irish names in the bone-yards. They are dutch except for the jewish cemetery. British merchants from St. Kitts, Nevis & other Eng. islands sold thru the neutral dutch islands(mainly Statia) and only got a mere slap on the wrist for selling munitions to the colonies. Statia surrendered 22 times without firing a shot & it was only after I informed them, that they realized that their island flag wasn't all white. Actually 23 times if you count the time I arrived with a bunch of rowdy friends & the immigration officer/friend surrendered & offered me his pistol.
  15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    OK Roy----, even God took a day off!
  16. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Nicely done b'buss!
    You should post a picture of what the musee looks like now.
  17. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    morning....talks about the mic's living on the ilands
  18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I haven't been to Statia in years. Something about statute de limitations. lol. Somewhere, I have the booklet for the opening of the musee' & will look for it. We fly over it sometimes going to St. Kitts etc..
  19. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    rideon Ifind the Best place for records are the churches...those little monks just love to write things down ....
    what you have a seaplane...too smiling
  20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Rodney did a good job looting the island, even taking roofs off buildings to sell the wood. The island didn't recover & there are no church records that I ever heard of. Many people buried their wealth to hid it from the Brits only to be shipped off the island. Periodically, buried treasures are found.
    I assume you are Irish. I am an aircraft tech with a business at the Fr. aerodrome & hitch rides to other islands sometimes.
  21. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Many of the churches would send letters and other things to the mother have to find out who they wrote to ...yep I' a mic with a frech papa came from the county Cork ..had 7 ship moving Whiskey..oh ya
    cool about air tech.. when I was a kid I work for A and found dept ...oh my those were the days ..smiling

  22. epson233 epson233, 4 years ago
    you need to write a book kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy, "You have to find ------"? That would be the Dutch Reformed Church. Dutch & Finnish are the two impossible languages of Europe.
    Epson. You mean a confession?
  24. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Lol on the confession ..not at all ,you need to get the ball rolling with a letter to the one of the churches...pick one.. lol They will help you on your journey ,,,smiling
  25. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    hell u can e mail a college in one of those countrys to help you
  26. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
  27. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    There seems to be some interest in the old great house so I'll throw this in. After I bought the house, I started researching its history. Of course the first things I learn are from the old locals. The owner whom I bought from was a nazi collaborator And though Holland couldn't deny him entry, they limited him to 2 wks per yr.. Old people told me that U-boats brought in crates of art to store in the house. Now remember that this is in 1979 when I was paying 15 guilders per day to rent a 2 bedroom gingerbread house with kitchen, yard and all while waiting on completion of the purchase. (about $8.50 per day). After the war, I was told that boats would pick up some of these crates from time to time. Seems they were art treasures stolen throughout Europe. Also, the dutchman bought a "castle" in sud de France where the French didn't seem to care where his wealth came from & he could stay year-round. This is no surprise as U-boats landed within a few miles of where I live to buy fresh veggies, fruit etc.. Most people who visit here don't realize that the dutch islands were actually German territory & the Fr. islands fell under the Vichy control. The French in exile were "loaned" some Allied war ships to take Martinique & the island fired some symbolic artillery shots before surrendering. History is fascinating.
  28. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Very interesting!
  29. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Told ya, your Iland and my mic's are
  30. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy---, the only thing shared is the name. Read up some more & you will find that there was an army of mercenaries hired by King ?(maybe James) to conquer Ireland. A lot of them stayed because, as I remember, there was no money to pay them, so they took land. That's where the "Orange" of N. Ireland come from & they were Protestants. Of course some would have Irish furniture. Your relatives from County Cork are opposite ends of the pole.
  31. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    In the brief history that follows, you’ll discover that St. Martin is the patron saint of France. So, how did he come to be so loved by the Irish? In my research, I was surprised to learn that St. Martin is the uncle of St. Patrick and that he was the one who gave Ireland’s patron saint his monastic habit and his tonsure...wellllllllllllllll(martin must of been Irish)
  32. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    Your relatives from County Cork are opposite ends of the pole.
    Well they ended up in nova scotia ....They own the airport, loster pound and hold the titles on many ships nothing on my end ...smiling

  33. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Come on Roy, thought St. Martin was a kraut or from that area? He was the big Protestant trouble maker for the Papists wasn't he? I believe he precipitated the declaration of death to to every man, woman & child in the Netherlands. The only Irish name I ever heard when I lived there was an Irish Canadienne who hadn't been there long. If I still lived there, I would surrender it for the 24th time to you so you could declare it Irish. Actually, I don't think that would be a good thing!
  34. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
    lol ...always wanted my own little Iland..and be king...just breaking your coconuts about the Irish...I'm really french, like you...alittle ..10% or less ..smiling
  35. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I've lived in French territory for 13 yrs & don't claim any FR. blood. That's a really scary thought after living among them! I'm Dutch/Deutsch with a mix of Scot/Irish sneaked in there. Every morning, I say,"Good morning Lucas" and relieved when it doesn't come out "Bon jour Luca(s silent)". I understand them & their ways, but don't really care for it. They have their reasons for being difficult but I have yet to see a reason for liking it. When you refer to the "French" here, the locals, who are French, know you aren't referring to them & they refer to them as French. Odd climate to understand. You have to live here to understand.
  36. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago

    Must be fun living there....8 1/2 years you said .....
    Seen it on tv on house buyers

    but thats it I rember when Iwas overseas month it was french ,. next month was greek ...
    spanish...trukesh..But it was cool then. Stood on top of the leaning tower in Pisa.
    So your part mic...huh..? Those dam vikens ..olld norse Erik the red out there raiding all those countrys, making all us half breeeds I/4 breeds
  37. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Roy, take a look at the Statia island flag. There is green in it. Proof positive that it is Irish! There was no island flag when I lived there so I launched a campaign to have a contest for a design. If I still have my design, I will poste it.
  38. cratedigger. cratedigger., 2 years ago

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