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Abe’s by The Sea

Abe's Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands
Abe’s by the Sea, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Abe’s by the Sea is one of my all time, world class, favorite restaurants. Specialties include fresh lobster and conch in creole sauce and the ambiance can’t be beat!


St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 12/24

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace

Beach Bar
Barefoot Davis

Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340 244-9713

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Incident at Saddle Bay, Jost Van Dyke, 1943

During World War II, a German submarine torpedoed and sank a British ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Some twenty-six survivors boarded a lifeboat and after 21 days at sea, landed at Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Two had during the ordeal and their bodies were thrown into the sea. Their lifeboat had approached Saddle Bay on the northwest coast of Jost Van Dyke during the night. It was winter and the ground seas were creating large breaking waves along the rocky and treacherous north shore of the island. Their boat crashed onto the shore and several were injured, but no one was killed.

The men then made the difficult ascent up the steep hill to the high ground where islanders were preparing a field. The islanders fed them and brought them down the other side of the hill to White Bay and then on to the main settlement at Great Harbour where they were able to make a radio call to Tortola. The Queen’s representative on Tortola sent a rescue party and the men were returned to England.

The rescue at Saddle Bay as told by Olivia Callwood:

“We had some men working, up over yonder, up over White Bay. That’s another level place too; up White Bay Hill. We had some men working. We was planting potatoes. I went that morning to carry tea. You know you used to make tea, and make johnny cake from afternoon and get everything prepared, you make your pans of coffee and you’re gone.

Just as the men sit down, we look, we see some men coming up and we couldn’t believe it. White men! Staggering through the grass falling down, and we want to know what kind of thing is this? We want to know what these people get away from. Everybody stop now. They throwing out their coffee and the men, they kept coming closer. Those people came up and they start to give us the story. We ask them who they is and where they come from. And they was so glad to get the warm coffee! And then they told us how they came from under the cloud up yonder north.

They torpedo the ship, and they get in the lifeboat; and they don’t know where to go. They don’t know where they going.

What happen now, it was noon, my husband went over yonder in the ground to burn up the grass for the next morning to get the big potato rows; And those people was yonder under the cloud, and they saw the fire. So they said ‘as well we are nearing some land’, but they don’t know what land it is.

Boy, I tell you what pitiful bad those fellows looked. They had to pull (row) from the time the ship get torpedo, and they take to the lifeboats. Some went that way and some went the other way. Those what came by us, they had dead ones. They couldn’t make it, they just dropped them off the boat, threw them overboard.

They had nothing warm to eat, and for many days they was pulling from yonder coming. More then a week. Boy that morning we had to give them that tea and the johnny cake, whatever we had to use, and we had to give it to the poor people. And they was so glad!

Now I heard they come up from Saddle Bay. You know Saddle Bay was a grass place, nothing but grass. And those people came from Saddle Bay through all that grass, and they get right up on the level where we was, and we wanted to know how they get there. They tell us they saw the fire in the afternoon, the light from the burning grass while they was yonder under the cloud, and they told us they saw the smoke glowing. When the sun went down and darkness came they see the light and they steer for that smoke, and they keep coming until they get to Saddle Bay. It was rough that day, and there was ground sea, their boat got mashed up coming in.

We couldn’t work now! The work couldn’t go on! We had to leave now, and we had to try and get these people someplace and make reports.

Lord we couldn’t stop them from drinking so many coconuts! When they get down to White Bay and they see coconut trees and the coconuts, and we give them some and they could not stop drinking them.

And their hands! Oh Lord! They tell us they were pulling from the time they get into that lifeboat. And we bring them here to Great Harbour and get them fixed up.”

Rescue Saddle Bay told by Etien Chinnery to Ivan Chinnery

“That was 1943. That was the same year I went to the army. There was a lifeboat that came in over on the northwest of this island at a place we call Saddle Bay. At that time your father-in-law (Ivan Chinnery’s father-in-law and Olivia Callwood’s husband) had some men working over in the pasture. The men from the wreck were coming up the hill and they heard the voices of the men up there working.

When they met, they questioned these men and found out that these men were from a shipwreck. The men take leave of their work and bring the people down to Great Harbour. There were eight of them that had come up the hill, but they had left some men with the boat. So they take a boat from Great Harbour and went around to get the others. Then they took all of them over to Tortola where the government took care of them and brought them back to where they belonged.”

BVI Beacon, Thursday, 23 November 2006

After more than 60 years, a sailor who was shipwrecked on Jost Van Dyke returned to the island to say “thank you” to residents who helped him survive.

The Jost Van Dyke community turned out in numbers on Nov. 16 to welcome back Bernard King, who was shipwrecked on the island in 1943. Mr. King was 17 when his lifeboat drifted ashore on the north-western coast of Jost Van Dyke after spending 20 days at sea. Mr. King and 15 other sailors were rescued by island residents who gave them food, drink, clothing and shelter.”

Being here brings back old memories from 63 years ago,” Mr. King told residents at a welcome ceremony at the Methodist Church grounds. “I do appreciate all your kindness. I wish it had not been so long for me to come back.”

Mr. King was one of 70 sailors aboard the UK’s Navy ship The HMS Rhexenor, when it was torpedoed on February 3, 1943 by a German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean. The Rhexenor was 1,200 miles from the West Indies, and the crew divided into four 20-foot wooden sailing lifeboats. On February 23, 1943, Mr. King’s lifeboat landed at Saddle Bay on Jost Van Dyke.

Following Wednesday’s welcome ceremony, Mr. King and his wife, Francis, visited 85-year-old Francisco Chinnery in Little Harbour, who was among the party who met the British sailors when they arrived tired, hungry and parched on Jost Van Dyke.

Wednesday’s ceremony was organised jointly by the Jost Van Dyke District Office and the Governor’s Office.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Powerboat Sinks in Charlotte Amalie Harbor
By John Baur — May 14, 2014

A powerboat being towed down island Monday night ran into trouble and sank in the WAPA channel of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, according to Lt. Cmdr. Bryson Spangler of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment on St. Thomas…

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
6:30 -9:30

Karaoke Night

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00

Cruz Bay Landing
5:00 – 8:00

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30

Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00

Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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The Importance of Culture

Attending the Annaberg Folk Life Festival had me thinking about local culture and the importance of its preservation. That led me to remember a conversation I had some years ago with Ivan Chinnery of Jost Van Dyke.

Ivan and I were working on a book about Jost Van Dyke, which Foxy and Tessa’s daughter, Justine, jokingly said would be the world’s shortest book. I got the joke, but really that wouldn’t have been the case. Although it has not yet been published, we had collected quite a bit of information, including history, backtime culture and interviews.

At one point, concerned about who would be the potential audience for the book, I turned to Ivan and asked, “why are we writing this book?”

Ivan though for a few moments, pointed to a papaya tree full of ripe and ripening papayas and replied, “we’re writing it so that one day, when your son and my son are walking down this path and come to this tree and your son asks mine, ‘what’s that?’ my son doesn’t answer, ‘I don’t know.’”

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Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke, BVISurf’s Up!

Surf’s up! Good news for surfers, not so great for beach goers and snorkelers. But a great time to visit the Bubbly pool on Jost Van Dyke, but be careful, the waves are big!

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory in Effect

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers early in the morning… Then partly cloudy with isolated showers in the late morning and afternoon. Highs around 84. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

St. John News

Island Profile: Beverly Biziewski is a Straight Shooter
By Lynda Lohr — November 18, 2013

Longtime St. John resident Beverly Biziewski admits she says what’s on her mind.

“I confess I have a very big mouth,” she said, sitting still for an interview at the island’s Catherineberg sugar mill.

She said she says what everyone else thinks but lacks the – she couldn’t come up with quite the right word, but courage covers it – to say.

Yes, Biziewski is outspoken and asks personal questions others wouldn’t dare, but she’s got a big heart and gives back in many ways to the St. John community.

She’s president of St. John’s chapter of AARP of the Virgin Islands but has her fingers in many pies. They include the St. John Historical Society, the Audubon Society of the Virgin Islands, St. John Singers, and Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Long past the age of retirement – she won’t say how many – she still cleans houses for a villa management company to augment her funds. It was a job she first took to build her bank account so she could buy land and build her house…

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Reef Bay Great House Over the Years

Photo by Jack Boucher 1960




(1933 photo by Jack Boucher, 2009 photo by Gerald Singer, 2011 and 2012 photos by Shaun O’Boyle)

Reef Bay Great House
The Reef Bay Estate House, also known as the Par Force Great House was built in 1832 and reconstructed in 1844. In 1994, it was partially renovated by the National Park Service. After being cleared in 2009, the condition of the historic estate house has been left to deteriorate.

The great house can be accessed via a spur on the Lameshur Bay Trail

Love City Live Tonight
Love City Live – The Ultimate Power Boat Party – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. It’s a beach party only accessible by boat. As one writer put it “A late night of live music and quality rum deserves a proper cool down the next day.”

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%.
Full Moon
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST Sunset: 6:10 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30

Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00

Miss Lucy’s
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00

7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm

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St. John Excursions: Abe’s By The Sea

Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

Dock at Abe's by the Sea, Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands. That's Great Thatch and St. John seen across the channel.

The above photo was taken from one of my favorite restaurant in the world (and I’ve been to my share over the years), Abes By the Sea. It’s rather remote, located at Little Harbour on Jost Van Dyke in our neighboring British Virgin Islands. It was even more remote years ago. Now you can take a ferry to Jost Van Dyke and a taxi to Abe’s, but when he first opened, there was no ferry and no roads. You had to get there by boat.

Abe is a native Jost Van Dyke fisherman who decided to open a restaurant to serve the growing number of yachtsmen visiting the island. If you like big portions of fresh lobster, conch, or fish, deliciously prepared this is the place.

Abe's at Night

Chin & Boopy Enjoy Lobster & Conch

View from Window

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory!

High Temperature: 85 degrees

Water Temperature: 80 degrees

Winds: From the east at 10 – 15 mph with gust of 25 mph or more

Sunset: 6:27

Moon Rise: Full Moon rises at 6:55

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Thursday, March 8

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Just Mike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues -Ike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Slammin – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinny Legs – Lauren  – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982
The Tap Room – Van Gordon Martin Band – 9:00 – 998-1333

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White Bay & The Virgin Islands Photo of the Day


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Rounding the east end of Great Thatch en route to White Bay

White Bay Jost Van Dyke BVI
White Bay was jumping yesterday, and will be probably even more so today. It certainly has become one of the biggest party places in the Virgin Islands. Big  power boats from Puerto Rico joined those from the US and British Virgin Islands, music blasting, people dancing, a real happening spot…

St. John Music Schedule Sunday April 24

Aqua Bistro – Lauren Jones – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Concordia – Bo – 4:00 – 8:00 – 693 5855
Miss Lucy’sSambacombo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – David Laabs – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

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St. John News: Ivan’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Ivan’s Stress Free Bar and White Bay Campground’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Ivan Chinnery Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands
Ivan Chinnery

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Ivan Chinnery and friends will be celebration the 20th anniversary of Ivan’s Stree Free Bar and White Bay Campground today. There will be food, drinks and music performed by the Fiddle and Chris Carsel.

Live Music on St. John Today, Sunday, February 13
Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – Inner Visions – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Miss Lucy’s– Live Music – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – David on Guitar -6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00- 693-5640
Westin Pool – Daddy Chin and the Wailers – 1:00 – 4:00 – 693-8000

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St. John Excursions: Climbing a Coconut Palm

In the following video, Ezius Ashley demonstrates how to climb a coconut palm and pick a coconut. Notice how he uses the natural grooves in the palm trunk foothold. Grasping the trunk on the opposite side and pulling inwards he transfers weight to his feet thus allowing them to adhere to the trunk. Good going Zi!

Abe’s Restaurant, Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

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