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The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
completely irregular


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65
For The Week Endina Seotember 10th 1977


Work on the St.Georges docks are at an almost complete standsatll

as the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union operate a go-
slow to enforce their claims in their dispute with the Grenada

Shipping Agents.

This dispute arises from disagreement between the Union and the

Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) over the date from which an agreed

cost of living should be paid. After some 7 months of

negotiations, GSA and SWWU reached a compromise of i5 on the

Union's claim for this allowance, but, while GSA are willing to

pay the allowance from July 1at, SWWU is adamant that it must be

paid from January let.

Efforts of both the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson and

the Minister for Labour, Senator Roy St.John, to get a compromise
failed and, on Monday (5th) the Union instituted a go-slow. At
that time there were two ships in port. These were the Geest

Line banana boat "Geeatland" which had 240 tons of general cargo

to be discharged before loading bananas, and the 341 ton

"Atlantic Pearl" of Atlantic Lines with 130 tons of refrigerated
cargo for Grenada.

The "Atlantic Pearl" sailed on Monday night (5th) with most of

her cargo for Grenads and, after discharging some 170 tons of

cargo, the "Ueestland" began to load bananas. The handling of

bananas is not operated under the contract between GSA and SWWU
but under a separate contract between SWWU and Geeet Industries

Ltd, so that the loading of the "Geestland" was not affected by

the go-slow.

The "Geestland" sailed on Tuesday (6th) and no ships called at

Grenade until today (9th) when the 2,640 ton "Mercurius" of the

Royal Netherlands Steamship Go berthed at the docks with 319 tons
of general and cold-storage cargo for the island. It is
reported that efforts were made to have this cargo discharged at
St.Vinoent but that available Warehouae space at that port was

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insufficient. Sources close to SWWU state, however, that

affiliated unions in the region have been requested not to

handle cargo consigned to Grenada.

Sources close to GSA state that the "Mercuriua" is due to call

at Bridgeport, Connecticut, U 8 A, after leaving Grenada and

that an effort will be made to discharge her cold-storage cargo

before she leaves. It is probable, however, that the general

cargo for Grenada will not be handled and that the ship will sail

with it.

A further development relative to the situation on the docks is

that the possibility exists that banana shipments may be affected

by industrial action. On Tuesday (6th), SWWU wrote Geest

Industries Ltd demanding a cost of living allowance under the

contract covering the loading of bananas. It is not known

when negotiations will begin.
(446 words)


Mr F J Archibald, Chairman of the elected Nutmeg Board dissolved

by Governor General Sir Leo deGale in July t975, has been

restrained by the High Court from publishing any notices in the

name of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA).

This decision was given in chambers today (9th) by Mr Juegifth:

Archibald Nedd as he delivered his judgement in a suit filed by

the Manager of GONA, Mr Robin Renwiok, following publication of

a notice by Mr Archibald that GCNA Area Meetings and a General

Meeting would be held to elect a new Nutmeg Board.

The publication of the notice by Mr Archibald came after

Mr Justice Archibald Nedd had ruled that Sir Leo's Dissolution

Order was null and void and that the Government appointed

Interim Board was illegal. Government, however, appealed

against this decision and the Appeal Court is to decide the

matter sometime later this month.

In his application to the High Court to restrain Mr Archibald

from publishing notices in the name of GCNA, Mr Renwick claimed

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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER week ending 10.9.77

that these notices were calculated to cause confusion among

members of GCNA and to disrupt the working of the Association.
(177 Words)

The Government of Grenada is inviting tenders for Issue No. 18

of Treasury Bills in the amount of EC$1.5 million. A notice

to this effect has been published in the Government Gazette of

September 2nd, and application must reach the Treasury by

September 13th.

These Bills are in denominations of EC#1,000 and EC$50,000. They

will be issued on September 19th and will be payable at par 91

days later, on 18th December.

"Each Tender must be for an amount not less that $1000", says the

notice, "and must specify the amount which will be given for

every one hundred dollars of the amount tendered."

The Government reserves the right to accept or reject any tender

in whole or in part.
(122 words)


The 15-man Board of Directors of the Grenada Agricultural &

Industrial Development Corporation has been announced by the

Ministry of Finance.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette of September 2nd,

the Board will comprise 4 official members in the persons of the

Permanent SecretaEs of the Ministry of Finasce, Trade and

Industry or his nominee, the Attorney General or his nominee,

the Permanent Secretary of the Planning, Development & Training

Division of the Prime Minister's Office or his nominee, and the

Manager of the Corporation.

Other members of the Board are Sir Dennis Henry and eessra

Matthew St.Panl, L A Purcell, N Williams, D M B Cromsell, Ben

Davis, D Wilber, A Date. P Daviea-Evans, John Japal and B N


A cnrding to provisions of the relevant Ordinance, the Board of

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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week ending 10.9.77
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Director must be comprised of the 4 official members mentioned

above plus not more than 11 other "appointed" members including

4 representatives of farmers to be appointed after consultation

with the Farmers Club Council, Grenada Farmers Association and

the Statutory Marketing Bodies (for cocoa, bananas and nutmegs),

and 7 representatives of the Commercial, Professional and Trade

Union Sectors.

The Corporation was established by Act 11 of 1976 which was

assented to on 20th September 1976, and that Act was amended by

Act 2 of 1977, assented to on 8th July 1977. As set out in

these two Acts, the duty of the Corporation is

(a) to assist persons in establishing, carrying on or

expanding development enterprises by participating in

share capital, granting loans and providing other forms

of financial assistance to such persons;
(b)to assist persons in pursuing courses of higher, technical

and vocational education approved by the Board by dik ing

loans and providing other forms of financial assistance

to such persons;

(c) to foster the development of money and capital mwakets in

Grenada; and
(d) to mobliise and c-ordinate available resources to be

utilised in financing industrial and agricultural projects

in Grenada.
(308 words)


The Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) has demanded

that the Government of Grenada "immediately break all ties

with the present Chilean regime, and particularly its military


This demand was part of a Resolution passed by the Union on

Monday (5th) and arises from the fact that the Chilean naval
training-ship recently paid an official visit to Grenada.

During that visit, the ahip's .pua1- Relations Officer,

Lieutenant Commander Gaston Vidal, announced that the proposal

is being considered that Grenada's policemen be trained in Chile.
(cont nuel)

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The Union's Resolution makes reference to this and states that the

Union "views with the greatest concern the growing ".-,.

links between the Chilean and the Grenadian Regimes, and

regards such as a threat to the security, rights, privileges

and future development of the working people of Grenasa and

the Caribbean."

In its Resolution, CIWU seeks support from the Grenada Trade

Union Council, all trade unions in Grenada, and trade unions

in the Caribbean and internationally. Copies of the

Resolution have been sent to Prime Minister Gairy (who is

Minister for National Security), the Grenada Trade Union

Couboil, the Caribbean Congress of Labour, the CARICOM

Secretariat and regional Heads of Government.
(196 words)


An expedition of four adventurous people arrived at Grenada on

Thursday (tat) at the end of the third leg of a bold attempt to
paddle two kayaks (canoes) from the Venezuelan coast to Miami,


Led by 32 year old New Zealander, John Dowd, the expedition left

the fishing village of Christobal de Colon on the Venezuelan

coast on August 12th and, after a relatively easy crossing,

Trinidad was the first stop. Other members of the team are

John's wife Beatrice (24), Ken Beard (32) and Stephen Benson (32),

both Englishmen. Beatrice is Canadian.

The kl4cyg are commercial units built in Germany and are capable

of bei ng folded into a small pack. naked about their

portability, Dowd said, "They're 'fold-boats', very compact end
one will fit easily into the back of a car. We flew-in an
aircraft with them."

Unpacked and afloat, the kayaks are 17 feet long, with ,a very

narrow beam, little freeboard and seat two persons fore and aft.

They are propelled by double ended paddles and there's a tiny

rudder in the stern handled from the after cockpit. This

:rddcr, which carries a pale green light at night, was very

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nearly the cause of tragedy on the trip from Trinidad to Tobago.

The expedition is sponsored by Guiness Caribbean and the "Daily

Express" of London. One of the boats is called "Boboy" and

the other is "GIGFU" which, being translated means, "Guineas Is

Good For Yor." It was "Boboy", manned by Benson and Beard,

which ran into trouble in the Galleon Passage between Trinidad

and Tobago.

It was night. 'Lhe Dowds were in the leading canoe when they

heard an anxious shout from "Boboy". "We paddled back", said

John Dowd, "and found that they had been hit by some very large

fish, probably a shark." Dowd said it was something they had

talked of before as being possible. They had expressed concern

but had never really thought that it would happen.

"The fish had had a go at grasping the end of the boat where the

rudder is, becoase it had a pale little green light on it," he

said, "and it had given 'Boboy' a very nasty lift from behind.

We examined the boat, which has a rubber skin for its bottom and,

fortunately, there were no holes, but I guess everyone was a bit

anxious until we got to Tobago."

The leg to Grenada began shortly after mid-day on August 31st.

According to Dowd, this part of the journey presented the

greatest navigational problems, but he was confident. "a have

charts, we have a compass and we have dead WPehoing whichh is the

oldest form of navigation", he said, it's just taking into

consideration everything you know, feeling the conditions and

estimating your position."

The estimated distance from Tobago to Grenada is 80 miles and

represents one of the longest crossings the kayaks will have to

make. The Florida Strait at the end of the voyage is 45

miles wide and the crossing from Haiti to the Bahamas will be

about equal to the Tobago-Grenada run. However, Dowd expects

other problems on these later crossings.

"We're going to have problems of time", he aaid, "the problem

involved with just weariness, of having been at sea paddling

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kayaks for months and having to take on two or three large

crossings at the end."

The expedition reached Grenade on the afternoon of Thursday

September stt after a sleep-less 30-hour crossing from Tobago.

Landfall was made on the south coast and, after one night's

rest, the party paddled around into S..Georges harbour where

they were met by representatives of the sponsors.

Following a week of rest, the expedition relaunched their kayaks

this morning (8th) and were seen off by representatives of the

Tourist Board, Miss Margaret preudhomme, Grenada's 1977 Carnival

Queen and a large crowd.

The 2000 mile trip has been divided into three sections. The

first, from Venezuela to Anguills, is estimated to be completed

by November. "Though September is the peak of the hurricane
season", said Dowd, "it is also the only time of year the winds

are likely to be calm from the northwest."

The next section, from Anguilla to Haiti, includes the 60 mile

crossing from Anguilla to the U S Virgin Islands, and is expected

to be completed by the end of January. This leg takes in

Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and takes the kayaks

into the Bermuda Triangle.

The final section of the voyage, Haiti to Florida, will produce

special problems with the difficulty of locating landfalls. due to

the low terrain of the islands and the heavy Gulf Stream drift.

This last part of the trip is expected to take two months and

the kayaks are due to arrive in Miami by March 31st next year.

First stops from Grenada will be in the Grenadine Islands, 120

of which stretch over the 70 miles of sea northward to St.Vincent.

Rested and looking fit, the four adventurers in their grey bdats

were convoyed some miles up Grenada's coast this morning by three

brightly painted locally built lagais manned by boys from the

Grenada Junior Acadamy.

"From my point of view", said John Dowd before he left, a successful

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completion of the trip will mean mostly the actual achievement

of having done it and having got all four or our members happily

and healthily to the other end and everybody feeling pleased
with themselves".
(890 words)

The S S "Geestland" sailed on September 6th with 19,879 boxes
of bananas weighing 599,774 lba. There were 669 boxes of
rejected fruit and the price paid by the Grenada Cooperative
Banana Society to growers was 140 on the weight of fruit
received at the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet
available. The price paid by Geest Industries Ltd tu
the Society is not yet available.

The weight shipped by "Geeststar" on August 28th was 527,216 lbs
and the amount weighed at the boxing plants was 541,345 Ibs,
making a difference of 14,129 Ibs between the boxing plant aid
the shipped weight.

NEWSLETTER regrets that the boxing plant weight on the shipment
by "Geesttide" of August 23rd is not yet available.

During the week ending September 3rd, there was only one
cruise liner call. 'his was the "Cunard Countess" which
arrived at Grenada on August 30th with 596 passengers.

On page 7 of NEWSLETTER for the week ending 13th August last,
LIAT sIttistics of passengers, freight and mail inwards and
outwards were quoted. It was stated then that there might
have been an error in the figure for mail inwards for the Month
of May 1977, which figure was given as 7,000.0 kilos. This
has now been verified and the correct figure should be 3,081.1
kilos, making the total for mail inwards during the period
January to June 1977 to be 16,2111.5 kilos.
(93 words)

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