National Geographic : 1948 Jan
Carib Cruises the West Indies Cirrus Cloud Formations, So Beautiful to Behold, Fill the Sailor with Misgivings Seen on Saba Island, these gaudy sky effects disturbed the skipper as he contemplated running the 100-mile Anegada Passage. The weather remained fair, however, until Carib berthed down in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands; then she was windbound five days. Beth Bigelow, at Guana Island. It was just as beautiful as we remembered it from our visit before the war. "Did you ever see a lobster caught with a forked stick?" asked Louis. "Can't be done," I replied-to be proved wrong with little delay. Taking two Tortola boys, we went to a cove on the windward side. One of the boys carried a tree branch cut to form a deep fork; the other, a rod. They selected a promising coral ledge, and the one with the forked stick took a position about 20 feet away. After a moment of prodding with a rod a crawfish streaked for open water. The forked stick came down, and there we were with dinner! The crawfish could be seen through the clear water (Plate XXIX, right). What still puzzles me is how the boy knew where to stand! After rounding the curious rock formation that looks exactly like the head of a giant lizard, and from which Guana takes its name, we glided back through beautiful channels to the familiar mooring at Charlotte Amalie. Here Carib was hauled and painted while a recalcitrant generator was repaired. Since the Navy was holding firing practice off Culebra Island, we could not lay a direct course for Puerto Rico but had to keep clear of a restricted area that extended south almost to Vieques Island. Still, before dark we were in the harbor of Fajardo, a commercial port at the eastern end of Puerto Rico.