Having been indulging in nostalgia the last few days, I revisited some old photos taken by Hannele Koivumaki in 1972.
The wooden shack shown above housed the official offices of the US Customs Service. Not as imposing as what we now have, the officials were efficient, courteous and friendly. In those days we even had customs service on the other side of the island, Coral Bay, where Ms. Marsh served as the Customs Officer, making it it so much more convenient for vessels whose destination or return was Coral Bay.
The same shack housed the offices of Antilles Air Boats, offering seaplane service right from Cruz Bay, to St. Thomas, San Juan, St. Croix and the BVI’s.
What a pleasure it was to fly in from America, stop over in San Juan and catch a seaplane for Cruz Bay. No St. Thomas Airport, waiting for taxis and ferries, just a short flight and there you were home on St. John.
The “At Your Service Travel Agency,” which handled St. Johnians’ travel arrangements for so many years was also situated in this quaint little building.
The Patio Bakery inside the park, operated by Judy Drumand and Boyd Chapman, was a real morning gathering place for expats and locals, specializing in coffee, pastries, news and island gossip.