National Geographic : 1948 Jan
Carib Cruises the West Indies Strong Arms and Calloused Feet Launch a Surfboat Across Saba's Stony Beach Visitors are ferried from ship to shore and back. Like most passengers, the author's wife is carried out in a boat. Once the sea grips the stern, oarsmen jump to stations (Plate XXVIII). by radiotelephone, met us in a surfboat. Be fore going ashore we put Carib on the lee ward side of the island in the relative shelter of Ladder Bay-sheltered, that is, if the wind does not shift.* Jeep Replaces Donkeys on Saba On the island we found to our amazement that the machine age had arrived: a jeep now roars up a new road between Fort Bay Land ing and the lofty town of Bottom! The road had been five years a-building; the jeep had been on the island only a few weeks (page 34). When the jeep was first driven, several in habitants took to the hills-the higher ones and it was dubbed "the donkey on wheels." Now another road is being constructed to the more distant town of Windward Side, and it is rumored that KLM (Royal Dutch Air lines) will institute helicopter service by 1950! We had five delightful days ashore, staying at the Government Guest Houses at Bottom and Windward Side (Plate XXVI). Saba is a place of amazing contradictions. The inhabitants are Dutch, yet speak English. Bills are quoted in Dutch dollars, which do not exist, and are collected in guilders. The town at the top of a mountain is called Bot tom. Although producing little, Sabans during the war sent relatives in the United States packages containing soap, butter, and sugar. The men are great sailors. Nearly thirty now captain U. S. steamers; the commanding officer of one of the first supply ships to make the original African landing was a Saban. On leaving, we chose to ignore the jeep and to walk down the Ladder, the bane of earlier * See "Saba, Crater Treasure of the Indies," by Charles W. Herbert, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, November, 1940.