Scene on the coast of British Honduras, several folks and their boat alongside a pier, long ago
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"Scene on the coast of British Honduras," several folks and their boat alongside a pier, long ago

Very unusual two mast schooner with Marconi rigging on the aft mast. May have been visiting. That is a wide boat and from the turn of the hull near the waterline is fairly shallow draft. I would guess more of a load carrying coastal type boat with a schooner rigg.

It is possible this schooner was from the Bay Islands. There was significant trade between Belize and Bay Islands. Many islanders came to Belize to register marriages in the British system and for many other reasons. There was also a thriving boat building business there... notably the Cooper Bros shipyard where my grandfather learned his trade as a shipwright with his Cooper uncles. These would have been the size of vessels coming from Roatan and Bonnaca. They came to register as you say and also to purchase British merchandise and American products not available in the Bay Islands. Things such as Dutch cheese, salted pig tail and salt beef, gripe water and the British range of Crosse and Blackwell products. Looks like the passenger boat 'E.M.L' which sailed between Belize City and Punta Gorda and up to Sarteneja. It sank in 1923 several miles from Corozal resulting in 18 deaths, all women and children except for Fredrick Hopkins, 2nd. Roman Catholic Bishop of Belize. Looks like the mid 1800's if you look at other photos from that time the young boys all wore knickers. The men on the boat only have on regular pants and shirts.

Photograph courtesy George Villanueva

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