Editor’s note: The information for this article was gathered from multiple sources. However, the article was originally published on St. Lucia News Online on Jan. 9, 2014 and is being republished by popular request.
Did you know that when the HMS Good Hope sunk in the Battle of Coronel on November 1, 1914, off the Chilean coast 26 St. Lucian seamen were among the crew members who lost their lives?
The ship was sunk along with HMS Monmouth by the German armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau under Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee with the loss of her entire complement of 900 hands, including Craddock.
Did you know the first airplane to arrive in St. Lucia with mails was a Pan American Airline piloted by Colonel Lindbergh?
Did you know that on February 25, 1935, when the ML George overturned between Laborie and Choiseul 41 people drowned? However, Leo Bousquet courageously saved 24 lives, and for his bravery, he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal and Certificate.
Did you know in October 1901 an agricultural school was opened at Union?
Did you know the first motor car to be imported into St. Lucia arrived on the island on July 19, 1914?
Did you know the Choc Bridge (the bridge across the Choc River on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway) that we traverse almost on a daily basis was constructed in 1972?
St. Lucia News Online welcomes our readers to this feature which will run every Tuesday and Thursday. It is written by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send some ideas and tips to [email protected]