St. John History: Flat Calm Morning

Moonrise over Chocolate Hole
Moonrise over Chocolate Hole
Another full moonrise tonight at 7:58 PM AST

Flat Calm

On a morning like this one, “an enslaved worker on St. John, whose last name was Benjamin, took advantage of the coinciding opportunities presented by a perfectly calm sea and a new law abolishing slavery on the island of Tortola.

While walking by himself on the coast near Brown Bay, Mr. Benjamin noticed one of the large iron cauldrons used to boil cane juice into sugar called a “copper,” lying just off the shoreline and it gave him an idea. Using his machete, he carved a piece of driftwood into a rudimentary paddle and then using the mechanical advantage provided by convenient sturdy boards he found abandoned in the bush, he maneuvered the heavy copper into the water, climbed in and started to paddle across this narrow section of the Sir Francis Drake Channel heading for Tortola and freedom…..” read entire story

St. John Weather

Weather on the ground – Chocolate Hole Sunrise
The sea is flat calm this morning. Both air and sea temperatures are warming. Beautiful blue skies with puffy white clouds. Perfect beach day.

Official Forecast
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 90 degrees F
Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 87.1 degrees F
Sunset: 6:31 PM AST
Full Moonrise: 7:58 PM AST

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Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00

Beach Bar
John Sutton


High Tide
Inner Vision

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00

Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
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James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

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One thought on “St. John History: Flat Calm Morning”

  1. Great story Gerald!
    Sounds like a beautiful day ahead…wish I was there. But May 4th soon come and I’ll finally be back where I belong.

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