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Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Drake's Passage

For this, my fourth year doing the challenge, I've decided to share place names from the Virgin Islands. For such a small spot in the ocean, it seems like every rock, cove, hill and house has been christened. The names are a unique mix of Spanish, Danish, French, Dutch, English, and African to name a few.

Drake's Passage
Drake's Passage lies between the British and U. S. Virgin Islands. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who sailed through the area in 1585. This picture was taken from St. Thomas looking east. The large island to the right is St. John. The one on the left is Tortola, BVI. Between them are numerous cays and rocks.

Another view of Drake's Passage. St. John on the right, Tortola, on the left. Straight ahead, (l to r) Norman Island, Peter Island and Virgin Gorda, BVI.

Other D Names
Denis Bay, St. John
Drunk Bay, St. John You can see pictures of it HERE.
Ditleff Beach, St. John
Durloe Cays
Dorothea Bay, St. Thomas
Donoe, St. Thomas
Drum Rock
Dry Rock
Dutchcap Cay

The Dutch Reform Church, St. Thomas, was established around 1660. The original church was destroyed by fire. This church was built in 1806.

The altar and interior wood is all made from native mahogany.

The pipe organ.


  1. So funny to see an old Dutch Reform Church there. I thought it was native to my country.


  2. Gorgeous pictures. I like how your posts take me someplace else.

  3. I just had to check out Drunk Bay.

  4. Lovely pictures, the A-Z is taking me to places that I've never been to. Lovely choice of theme.

  5. A great group of pictures. They tell the story. Great shot from that balcony.

  6. What beautiful photos! I have always had a penchant for naming inanimate objects and places. Our home is called Zoe Cottage--each name of course has a special meaning.

    Happy D Day--wishing you joy in the lovely view you have!

  7. Love these pictures! I'm jealous you get to enjoy such a fantastic view with so much history :)

  8. What a quaint little church. There was a really old one in Old Town in ABQ and it was beautiful inside.

  9. Beautiful bay. All of the photos you've posted have been very nice. You live in paradise.

  10. I'm really loving this series! I almost feel like I'm there.

  11. Hi Bish - I love the photos .. the islands and passage ... I bet many ships foundered.

    But the Church is beautiful - and I love those two tier naves - not sure that's the right expression ... there's one in Newlyn, Cornwall which received funding to do it up - and I must visit when I next go down .. I think it's run on behalf of all faiths, especially for those people in Newlyn and surrounds - fishermen country. (Outside Penzance) ..

    Cheers Hilary


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