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H.E. Ross
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Caribbean Maritime Heritage

Started this discussion. Last reply by H.E. Ross Dec 17, 2008. 3 Replies

Ghanian Slave Ship Diving Opportunity

Started this discussion. Last reply by H.E. Ross Jan 29, 2011. 16 Replies


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Education Level
Associates, High School
Aquatic Interest
Recreational Swimming, Boating
More about me:
I am a sailor who writes. I have been sailing wooden boats, usually workboat based, for over forty years and have sailed in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic, North and Baltic Seas, Mediterranean and the Aegean.
I founded the Bay Area Marine Institute, Cayman Catboat Club, Cayman Maritime Heritage Foundation and the Turks and Caicos Maritime Heritage Federation. I also published the first maritime history book of the Cayman Islands, LOVES DANCE The Catboat of the Caymanes, and have an unpublished photo-essay called Cayman Turtler about the schooners and the people who sailed them from 1903-1958; another unpublished manuscript has just been completed on the Turks and Caicos Sloops, SPIRIT The Turks Islands and Caicos Islands Sloops about the black involvement in the fore and aft rig development and refinement.
I also used to publish two life style magazines in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos Chronicle and Islands Chronicle.
I am presently living in London with my partner Katya and we have a 15 month old son, Samson Zamas Brightwell Ross. Katya and I met when I shipwrecked after a seven year research voyage in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
I am seeking investors in the two manuscripts plue two others: a compilation of Turks and Caicos writers entitled, A Walk On Our Beach and my own collection of prose and poetry on living and working in Haiti during Baby Doc, called Mood Indigo.
I am from San Francisco where I started sailing and have been in the Marines as well as GI Bill funded SF City College, SF State University and Sonoma State University.
My hobbies are my work, they don't seem to have ever been seperated. I read, write, sail, explore, publish, hike, photograph and video.
There is a bunch of other stuff but something has to be left for conversation's sake, so I will leave off here.

Photos of Black Caribbean workboats

There are a couple of photographs of my ketch, Stillwater, cruising but the others are of Caribbean workboat designs.
The photographs are a sampling of the invisible maritime heritage that the Western Hemisphere has to offer us just for the scratchin of the cover. You might wonder why I have sailing photos in a forum that deals with diving and the answer is simple, not all diving is recreational nor with SCUBA equipment. To acquaint youth with the reality of the Miskito Indians or the Garifuna nor the Caymanians nor the Belizians is to deny a future interest for them and that interest could bring them into an acceptance of the water as a natural environment for our people. Every country that has black people as a population has us living alongside the sea in the Western Hemisphere.

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At 6:20am on January 4, 2011, Jayson Jackson said…
Great to have you back in the discussion.
At 9:25pm on June 15, 2010, Suttie Linn Adams said…
Hi there! Thank you so much for writing back to me and I am very thrilled that you remember the "Fairweather" and my mom. She passed away at 56 years old of cancer. It would be wonderful to see more pictures of the Fairweather. I did not know she was built in Jamaica, always thought she was from the Grand Cayman Is. built in 1956. I remember you even though I was a young girl at the time. My brother wrote a book from my mom's journal but I really want to tell what it was like for a young girl sailing around the world and becoming a teen. So wonderful to hear from you and connect with somebody who knows a little about my past and my wonderful home at sea. Suttie
At 7:15am on March 12, 2010, Dennis Burroughs said…
As for the diving venture in Ghana & Jamaica I can put the word out on several email lists and bulletin boards. I hope that you are including the story of the "Amistad Incident of 1839" in your book about Black maritime history that you are now writing. Fair Winds and I hope that are able to meet in person soon, sir.
At 7:10am on March 12, 2010, Dennis Burroughs said…
Mr. Ross, I am not trying to embarrass you at all. It is I who have been away from DAP for far too long. In an effort to increase the member ship in DAP I just re-sent DAP invites to my entire email address list again. Yes I still need to get in contact with Gene Tinnie of Miami. I would very much like to do so. If you could help me that would be smashing. Also I am very interested in how you are running your inner-city sailing program in Hackney and what you are doing with the program. If there is a chance I would love to come and visit and would love to apply for employment if you are in the mode to hire a sailing instructor. I am a cetified sailing instructor and sanctioned by the United States Sailing Association.
At 12:15pm on January 9, 2009,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson
Thanks Ross,
Jayson and I will try to get in touch with you this weekend.
At 6:39pm on December 16, 2008, Dennis Burroughs said…
Single women in high heels and carrying bottles of champagne are always welcome on my vessel and will never be turned away. The heels can always be left on the dock. (smile)
At 10:50am on December 16, 2008, H.E. Ross said…
I don't expect to be in the States before next February. I am trying to get back to the Turks and Caicos to deal with my 40-foot trimaran that was damaged during the hurricane week we had in October but starting a new home is drawing out both the time and the money, so I don't really know.
At 8:38am on December 16, 2008, Dennis Burroughs said…
When will you be in the States again, next?
At 1:36pm on December 14, 2008, Robert L. Weaver said…
Thanks for the info H.E.. I met Dinizulu this year at Key Biscayne Park in Florida for diving with a purpose which which is a Archeological program started
by Ken Stewart and Brenda Lanzendorf about five years ago. we go down their annually and map possible ship wreck sites. Our hope is that one of the sites we map mayturn out to be the Guerro Slave ship. Dinizulu was also in featured in a movie on the Guerro that was made a few years ago.
At 9:37am on November 28, 2008, Dennis Burroughs said…
The short answer is that I am very interested and very excited about the prospect. I spent two months in Bermuda aboard the Schooner Amistad May / June of 2005 where I served as Education Officer. I was able to meet and make the acquaintance of Malcolm Kirkland & Ralph Richardson. These gentleman can surely vouch for my commitment to such a prospect. I also attended the launch of "The Spirit of Bermuda" in Rockport, Maine in August of 2006. Please send me your phone number and email address so that we may continue the conversation. "Time is of the Essence" My email address is dennisburroughs@gmail. Please contact me ASAP.

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