MV Christina Survivor Honoured

Luella Budgeon

Luella Budgeon MV Christina Survivor

Charlestown, Nevis
October 10, 2008

Premier of Nevis and Area representative for the St. Thomas Parish Hon. Joseph Parry joined the Department of Social Services on October 09, to laud the efforts of Mrs. Luella Budgeon of Jessups Village. She was honoured as part of Nevis’ celebration of International Seniors Month 2008, for her invaluable contributions to the villages of Jessups, Cotton Ground and the community of Nevis.

The Premier referred to the 78 year old grand mother as a strong, kind, determined, loyal and good Christian person and someone he was proud of.

Mr. Parry recalled her having worked as a small business woman who sold “sweet drink” up till recently but more so remembered her as a survivor of the ill fated MV Christina which sank off Nevis in 1970 and the assistance she rendered to others then.

“She was on the Christina and her then husband was entangled in the ropes and she entangled him, so he to was saved and is alive today. Thank God for the life he has given her,” he said.

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St. Kitts – Nevis Commemorates Christena Ferry Disaster

Commemoration Wreath For Christena Ferry Disaster

Commemoration Wreath For Christena Ferry Disaster

Charlestown, Nevis
August 5th,2008

The Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry, the Nevis Island Cabinet and a number of Nevisians observed the 38th Anniversary of the MV Christena Disaster with a memorial service onboard the MV Sea Hustler on Friday, August 1st, 2008.

“I feel a great sense of loss and heaviness of heart; because this event brings back such bad memories.  Many of us lost friends and family members; but out of that great loss came great progress for Nevis,” said Premier Parry.

The Memorial Service not only observed the 236 persons who lost their lives on the M.V Christena on August 1st 1970, but it also recognized the ninety passengers who survived the ill fated trip.

Premier Parry noted during his remarks, that many Nevisians were traumatized and because of that pain a number of people left the island. “During those hard days, the population went from about 15,000 to about 8,000, simply because people could not stand to feel the pain, many people left the island.  Of those who stayed around, many developed mental problems. There were no psychiatrists on the island and the pain became so much that they could not stand to be in Nevis anymore. However, with the strength and belief in God we survived.”

Following Parry’s speech, a moment of silence was observed; then the M.V Sea Hustler passed the site where a brightly decorated box with a wreath was laid beforehand by Captain of the M.V Sea Hustler, Mr. Winston “˜Sonny Boy’ Skeete, as he has done for the last few years since the Christena Disaster.

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