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Catherineberg History, St. John USVI

Spectacular Chocolate Hole Sunrise

Chocolate Hole Sunrise, St. John Virgin Islands
Spectacular Chocolate Hole Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise this morning as viewed from my house overlooking Chocolate Hole. This is the real thing – no post production work at all was done to the photo.

Catherineberg Windmill photos – 1965 and now

Catherineberg Windmill Tower 1965 St John US Virgin Islands
Catherineberg Windmill Tower 1965 – photo by Frederik C Gjessing

Catherineberg Windmill Storage Vaults St. John USVI 1965
Catherineberg Windmill Storage Vaults 1965 – photo by Frederik C Gjessing

Restored Catherineberg Windmill St. John Virgin Islands
Restored Catherineberg Windmill

A Little Bit of Catherineberg History
The 150-acre Cathrineberg plantation became the property of Judith Ann Delicat in 1718 just after the Danish colonization of St. John. The Delicat family also began two other plantations that same year, Jochumsdahl A and Jochumsdahl B. Both were 75 acres and adjoined Cathrineberg. These plantations were eventually consolidated into one 300-acre property known variously as Jochumsdahl, Cathrineberg, Cathrineberg or Herman Farm.

By 1721, Cathrineberg was harvesting sugarcane and the following year a sugar factory was completed. In 1797, at the peak of the sugar boom, 107 people lived at Cathrineberg. One hundred fifty acres were devoted to sugar and 150 acres to other crops. There was no unimproved land on the plantation.

Sugar declined as an important crop during the nineteenth century and Cathrineberg discontinued production in 1896. By then, most of the estate was devoted to stock raising. By 1915, Cathrineberg had ceased operations. During the 1940s, an American named Cory Bishop operated a small farm on the estate….read more

Virgin Islands News – St. Thomas Gets Their Own “8 Tuff Miles”

Runners brave weather in M2M Road Race
By THOMAS LAYER (Special to The Daily News)

ST. THOMAS – Overcoming a challenging 8-mile course with steep terrain, rain and close competition, Michael Thompson won the inaugural Montessori to Magens Road Race on Saturday morning, and Ruth Ann David followed closely to claim the top women’s title for the race that started at the Montessori School and finished at Magens Bay.

More than 350 runners and walkers braved an early morning start and gray skies filled with rain clouds to gather for what several racers would end up calling “the toughest race on St. Thomas.” Many participants have raced the popular 8-Tuff Miles on St. John and were happy to have the same opportunity on St. Thomas.

Presented by V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, the inaugural event’s steering committee brought one of the top V.I. runners, Shane DeGannes, to direct the race. Having won virtually every St. Thomas Association of Road Runners event, DeGannes knows what works well for runners.

Media releases were sent out in June, Facebook pages established, decals and T-shirts were ordered, an army of volunteers were secured and hundreds of additional details filled the final weeks leading up to the race; in the end, the event boasted more than 350 registrants…. Read more

St. John Weather Forecast
Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon, then isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East southeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. (NOAA National Weather Service)

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Chocolate Hole Dawn

Chocolate Hole St. John US Virgin islands
Pink Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

We had some fairly powerful thunderstorms last night; high winds and hard rain. When dawn broke, the clouds parted and, for just about one minute, the sky turned a beautiful pink that reflected unto the bay.

According to the weather forecasters, we can expect more rain interspersed between sunny skies: “Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then isolated thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.”

Virgin Islands News

V.I. Port Authority scraps 4 planes
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: October 28, 2013

ST. THOMAS – The V.I. Port Authority was starting to become a graveyard for run-down planes, until last week.

The authority has scrapped four planes after it was unable to sell the aircraft. The planes were rusted and dilapidated, according to port authority spokeswoman Monifa Marrero.

The planes have been sitting at King Airport for “years,” Marrero said, though she was not sure how many years each had been there.

“We tried to sell the planes four times, but no one wanted them,” Marrero said.

Two of the planes had owners that had passed away and since have been left to the authority, while the other two were planes abandoned after their owners discontinued payments.

One of the planes was the Piper Aztec flown by veteran pilot Kirby Hodge. The twin-engine plane went down Oct. 13, 2012, in waters about eight miles south of St. Thomas.

The plane was returning to St. Thomas from St. Croix with three passengers – Rachel Hamilton, Dawin Carr and Valerie Thompson. Thompson was the only survivor.

The three other planes included a DC-3, a Convair 560, and a Cessna, according to Marrero.

The DC-3 had been owned by Four Star Air Cargo, which went bankrupt in 2009. The airline was based in Puerto Rico and served both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands.

The Cessna was owned by Levette Ruan, who ceased making payments to the airport.

The owner of the Convair 560 had passed away…. read more


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St. John Market & Dolphin Markets Lucky Winner Contest

chocolate hole dawn
Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

St. John and Dolphin Markets ContestLike EC Gas, St. John Market and Dolphin Market are offering a monthly drawing for store rewards. In the case of the St. John and Dolphin Markets that would be a $500 credit towards store purchases.

The Rules:

1 – Minimum purchase of $75.00 to qualify
2 – Print your name and contact information on the back of your register receipt
3 – Deposit your receipt in the raffle box at the register

First drawing will be on November 15, 2013

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St. John Morning

St. John yellow sky
Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

Early this morning, just before the arrival of a gentle rain squall, the eastern sky had a definite yellow tint instead of the characteristic early morning red.

St John Live Music Schedule – Tuesday 11/13

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 9:00

Karaoke Night

High Tide
Erin Harts
6:00 – 9:00

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
8:00 – 11:00

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30

Morgan’s Mango
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30

Shipwreck Landing
Live Music
7:00 – 10:00

5:00 – 8:00

See Weekly Music Schedule


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A Late Afternoon Rain Squall

Rainbow over Chocolate Hole
A late afternoon rain squall brings a double rainbow over Chocolate Hole

Hi Visitors,

This will be my first blog entry after taking a little low season break. Many restaurants have done the same, Caneel Bay Resort is closed and all over the island one hears this one or that one taking some time off to travel, take care of personal business or just plain cool out. The last few weeks the weather has been suburb. Clear blue skies, hardly any African dust, warm sunny days and perfect water temperature for swimming, at least for babies like me, that get cold easily.

Yesterday was one of those days, sunshine mixed with short scattered rainsqualls. A late afternoon squall even brought me a beautiful double rainbow, which I was able to photograph.

Most island residents are happy to see some rain. It keeps the hillsides green and cisterns full.

As they say here on St. John, “good t’ing!”

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Exploring a Wreck: Chocolate Hole St. John

St. John and Fresh Water

The $5,000 Water Bill
A little incident yesterday had me thinking about water, something we in the Virgin Islands probably think about more than most. I had left the water running while topping off my hot tub for way longer than I should have. It wasn’t so bad, though. I caught it before the cistern was empty, and it certainly wasn’t as bad as what happened to my friend, Danny. He rents out part of his condo on St. Thomas and the lady who’s renting it left the toilet running for more than a month, leaving Danny stuck with a $5,000 plus water bill.

Water in the Good Old Days
None of this would have happened in what we ex pats think of as the good old days. Water was way more precious back then, and we were way more careful. In those days, you had your cistern water and that was it. Not only that, but most cisterns, and most houses for that matter, were considerably smaller than they are today. If you ran out, it was a big problem. No washing, no showers and no flushing and getting more water wasn’t so easy.

There was no WAPA water back then and no desal plants. Caneel Bay had a water catchment and Cinnamon had a series of wells in the gut that ran above the camp.  Any water not provided by nature, that is, from rain or wells came to St. John on a big barge from Puerto Rico. As you might imagine, this was an extremely limited supply to be shared by all those in need. Not only was the supply limited, but so was the delivery system. The only water truck that I can remember, available to bring water to your house,  came from Pimpy H2O and Pimpy only had one truck. So if you ran out of water, which would most likely happen when there was a prolonged dry spell, and everyone else was out of water also, you had a considerable wait to look forward to or, more than likely, you just sat back and prayed for rain.

If It’s Yellow, Let it Mellow
Besides prayer, another option was water conservation, a serious matter back then. Toilets had notices posted above them to alert newcomers that old stateside habits didn’t go over here on St. John. Cutout cardboard signs with hand-drawn illustrations with messages like:

“On this Island in the sun,
We never flush for number one”


If it’s yellow, let it mellow,
If it’s brown, flush it down”

When you showered, brushed your teeth or washed dishes, you gave a little squirt of water and turned off the faucet. Only then did you do your scribbling, brushing, cleaning or soaping. That accomplished, you turned on the water, briefly, just enough for a good rinse and turned the water off once again. Consequently, your supply water lasted a long time.

One other thing I remember from the good old days, was that everyone drank cistern water, unlike today when it’s almost unheard of. Notwithstanding the many evil pathogens now presumed to flourish in our cisterns, I never knew of anyone who got even an upset stomach from drinking water that wasn’t store-bought and factory-produced.

Today we use a lot more water. It’s expensive, but fairly easy to come by. A big desalination plant operated by WAPA produces thousands of gallons a day and is stored in giant tanks and there are numerous choices for water delivery trucks. Unlike in decades past, houses, villas and McMansions have swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Visitors to the island as well as many residents shower to there heart’s content. They leave the water running full blast while they brush their and flush the toilet as often as they put it to use. And people don’t think about water as much as they used to, except when they get a $5,000 water bill, I guess.

St. John Weather

High Temperature: 88 degrees
Water Temperature: 81 degrees
Sunset: 6:32 pm
Winds: ESE 10-15 mph
Forecast: Overcast with chance of rain

St. John Live Music Schedule Saturday March 31

Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s
– James Milne – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck Landing – Mike Miknut – 6:00 – 9:30
Skinny Legs -Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 -779-4982
Spyglass – James Cobb – 5:00 – 8:00 – 776-1100

See Weekly Schedule

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St. John Virgin Islands: Photos of the Day

St. John Photos of the Day

Chocolate Hole, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Great Cruz Bay, st john usvi

St. John Music Schedule Saturday March 19

Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Concordia – Inner Visions – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 5855
Fatty Crab – Sambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Island Blues – Mojones  – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – Piano & Vocals – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Earl Chocolate Hole St. John

Chocolate Hole, Monday Afternoon, 8/30/2010 – Hurricane Earl

For us on St. John and in the Virgin Islands Hurricane Earl has come and gone. He was stronger and came earlier than expected. Although not predicted to effect us until late Monday afternoon, conditions deteriorated on Sunday night.

On St. John, boats at anchor suffered the worst of the storm. All the boats in Chocolate Hole were swept from their moorings, save one that later sunk. Several boats were also lost in Great Cruz Bay and Cruz Bay.

Chocolate Hole

Westin Beach, Great Cruz Bay

Floating Dock from Great Cruz Bay Dinghy Landing

Chocolate Hole Beach

Trees were down all over the island and current was out, internet down and cell phones spotty.

Caneel Bay suffered some structural damage and the awning over the dock at the Westin was blown down.

On the BVI matters were worse. On Jost Van Dyke, Sidneys at Little Harbour was pretty much destroyed. Abe’s, also at Little Harbour lost much of their dock. In Great Harbour, Rudy lost his dock. Word from Tortola was bad reporting the loss of many boats. Anegada was the worst hit with widespread damage and flooding.

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St. John Virgin Islands: Earthquakes and Rainbows

Chocolate Hole St. John Virgin Islands Rainbow

The rain keeps coming.  Not normal July weather here on St. John. Looks like our weather system has developed into a tropical storm, TS Bonnie, heading into the Gulf of Mexico.

Yesterday was clear most of the day and I did get to see a cool rainbow late in the afternoon.

21st July 2010 –An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.48 on the Richter scale was felt throughout the Virgin Islands at approximately 8:00 pm July 21st 2010.  The report indicated that the epicenter was located in the Virgin Islands Platform near 18.55 latitude and -64.96 longitude … read more

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