Daily Archives: June 13, 2006

Barbados Landship: True Words By Chief Justice Sir David Simmons


Can the Chief Justice Revitalize Barbados Landship?

For those unfamilar with the Barbados Landship movement, here is what is written on the Barbados Government culture website (link here)

The Barbados Landship

Barbados is the only country which boasts a "landship" movement – a navy that never goes to sea.

Established over 100 years ago, through the initiative of Moses Wood a retired seaman, the fleet is commanded by an Admiral and has incorporated all the ratings of the British Navy. The Club House is the ship that always carries the prefix BLS (Barbados Landship) before its name. Before Independence, the prefix was always HMLS (Her Majesty's Landship).

The ship's crew wears uniforms similar to those – worn – in a professional navy, and are trained and disciplined in the manner of the military. The language of "Jack Tars" is used. The landship attends church services and parades with their corps of drum (a tuk band). Their manoeuvres are gala affairs, packed with excitement, rhythm and movement.

Missing in this description is the sense of comradeship, public duty and personal discipline that the Landship members gain from their time spent with the organization. Chief Justice Sir David Simmons is well aware of the benefits of the Barbados Landship to individuals and to society, and he has pledged to revitalize the movement.

The Nation Newspaper carries an account of the Chief Justice's remarks made last Sunday (11th) at the Barbados Landship meeting (link here). His remarks are well worth reading. Parents should encourage their children and all young people to participate in an endeavor that will benefit them all their lives.

Nation News photo: Patron of the Barbados Landship, Chief Justice Sir David Simmons (right), and Anglican priest Canon Noel Burke (centre) listening to Landship leader Captain Vernon Watson tracing the development of the movement. (Picture by Clifton Henry.)

(fair trade for the link)


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