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Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Salt River Bay

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.

Salt River Bay, St. Croix.
It is believed that on November 14, 1493, sailing an armada of seventeen ships, Columbus landed here. He encountered a few fierce Carib Indians (they were also cannibalistic) and after a short battle they left the island. Two of his crew were wounded in the skirmish and one of them died. There is some question as to whether Columbus actually landed on St. Croix or if it was another island. You can read more about the debate HERE. However, there is no doubt that he named the Virgin Islands after St. Ursula and her entourage of eleven thousand virgins. 

Other S Names:
Salmon Beach, St. John A lovely beach between Cruz Bay and Caneel Bay.
Susannaberg, St. John One of the many sugar estate plantations.

St. John
St. Thomas
St. Criox
St. James (big and little)

Steven's Cay. 
This pretty little cay is right outside Cruz Bay, and do you know what? I've never set foot on it!

Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas

Smith Bay, St. Thomas - also called Linqvist (pronounced Ling-quist.)

The Synagogue, St. Thomas was built in 1833.
It is the second oldest synagogue (building) and the longest in continuous use under the U.S. flag. There has been an active congregation on St. Thomas since 1796. Most of the Jews who came to the island were originally from Spain.

  The menorah, to the left, is 11th century and from Spain.

All of the furnishings are made of mahogany. 

The interior has a sand floor which does NOT represent the Israelites going through the desert. During the Spanish Inquisition Jews were persecuted, and forced to become Catholics or face death. In an effort to keep practicing they held secret services, usually in the basement of a home. They covered the floors with sand so their footsteps couldn't be heard by anyone passing by on street level.

 I love this sign by the synagogue!

Sail Rock
Sail Rock is kind of like my Statue of Liberty. When I'm flying into and out of St. Thomas it's usually the first and last thing I see. Stories go that during the First World War, German gun ships fired on it believing it to be an American war ship.


  1. I love the blue skies. I'm a sky person. Evidently that parking place was first a hitching post. LOL

  2. More lovely pictures. Thank you, I needed to see a bit of sunshine today.

  3. Cannibals to greet Columbus and reserved parking since the 1800's--now this is a one interesting post.

  4. Bish! I love this. :) You are the best travel guide.

  5. Great photos! I want that reserved parking sign.

  6. Such beautiful places (and photos). My heart's desire is to live in such a day.

  7. The sand on the floor is interesting. Good thinking on their part. I guess that comes from having survived the Inquisition.

    Neat about Sail Rock!

  8. What a history!

    Sapphire Bay--my favorite name, so far.

  9. Ah, a nice picture of home. I( recognized it immediately.

    The synagogue is incredible. All that beautiful mahogany.

  10. Hi Bish .. stunning and the story about the sand is interesting .. and to see it still being used ...

    Lovely lovely place and the photos you're showing us .. cheers Hilary


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