River Regatta, 1929. Pitpan race in Belize City
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Here's another view of a regatta, not sure what year. The building with the letters "Shell British Honduras" looks like the Belize Distributors building, once named British Honduras Distributors. It is at the bridge foot North side.They use to run the Shell Gas Station in front of Holy Redeemer School, in fact they owned from the swing bridge to Hyde’s Lane. The building in the back is the Vogue. The Paslow Building is under construction on the right. We can't see the swing bridge, but it would be just to the right. The building used be owned by SHELL and their Gas Station was right there. the Vogue and Paslow Building in the back-groung. This was the days of the RIVER REGATTA, before we started having Harbour Regatta. The river used to be nice and clean. By the way, upstairs of the Vogue was SJC (St. John's College), before it moved to Landivar (or whatever that area is now called). The building I believe was owned by the Gliksten group, next was a large wharehouse used, I believe, by B.E.C. (Bottom Dollar Supermarket now located there), another Gliksten holding, followed by the Shell gas station. This property ran from Bridgefoot to Hyde's Lane. Just across Belize Distributors, by Swing Bridge, from my chair, I used to see the swinging of the Bridge and the thousands of LOGS being towed to the Harbor and some to the Belize Estate Saw Mill up North Front Street.

On Haulover Creek

The flags are mostly sailing flags. Ships must fly flags for various reasons. To signal where they are from etc.

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River Regatta, 1929. Pitpan race in Belize City

A dorey hasa somewhat round interior with two similar looking ends. A Pit pan is very long with a square interior and a flat elevated front end.

A Pit Pan was first used to take cargo up the river as far as Cayo. This was before River Boats were introduced. But until lately I have see Pitpans still being used on short hauls. In the early 1900’s they used to have river regattas on Boxing Day. In the 1970's they use to have them in the Belize River by Belcan Bridge during September celebrations. They also used to have them by Swing Bridge, including the greasy pole!

The forerunner of today's Ruta Maya race.

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