The British Virgin Islands lie 60 miles east of Puerto Rico in the northern Caribbean, offering a choice of over 50 islands to explore.
Our Flight with American Airlines was not straight forward and Instead of finding ourselves on board for our first night we ended up in a hotel in the Puerto Rico Airport. But a short flight the following day found us in St Thomas US Virgin Islands to pick up the boat from French Town Marina
We arrive at The British Virgin Islands and check into the Customs Office

Our first shore outing

We Soon set sail and are getting used to the run of the Boat

We anchor up for our first night and are off the restaurant Equator.

We are off again the next day and as you can see the weather was great thou we could have done with a bit more wind
So with Gavin at the helm we motor out of the bay in and hope for more wind
We Stop for supplies at Sopers hole
Our Colours hoisted we set sail again
We check out a nice deserted beach for our beach BBQ. and as we where in mid swing, I noticed that other creatures liked the fire as well, in the form of a two inch Scorpion crawling up my leg.
 

Anyone for smoked ribs?

 

 

The voyage to Anegada was a bit exciting

 

 The scout party hits the beach in search of drift wood
 

The R.M.S. Rhone sank during a hurricane even though it had an experienced captain and had a strong steel hull. The Rhone was at neighboring Peter Island when the hurricane hit. The captain tried to take the Rhone out to open ocean to ride out the storm and prevent his ship from being pushed up on the rocky shore of the island. As the strength of the storm was growing (winds over 100 miles per hour and seas 20-30 feet high!) he cut away his anchors and took his ship, as fast as he could go, between Peter Island and Salt Island to reach the safety of the open sea. The height of the storm hit as he was passing Salt Island. The clouds, fog, and wind-driven rain made it had to almost impossible to see anything. The captain could not see the island. He could not even see the front of his ship! The lookout at the front of the ship shouted that there were rocks next to the ship. The next thing that happened a big wave pushed the Rhone on top of Black Rock. As the ship lurched the captain was tossed off the ship, never to be seen again. As the Rhone was slammed down on Black Rock it split the ship in two. The cool water rushing into the hot steam boilers caused them to blow up and finally sink the ship.

Unfortunately the passengers had no chance of survival. For their own safety the crew had tied them to their beds and locked them in their cabins! Even if they could have gotten out of their cabins, they still would not have had much of a chance, because in those days most people did not know how to swim! 124 people died here, but surprisingly, 23 people did survive.

 

The wreck is in two main parts. The Bow is mainly intact with several swim throughs though I am more used to seeing Congers than Barracuda in the confines of a wreck.

The Stern section is mainly broken but you can swim between the rudder and hull just above the huge propeller with the drive shaft running off to the engine.
With so many deaths there are the usual superstitions but you will need to ask Matt about the “Lucky Porthole No26”
 
    Pirate Night was great fun