ST. EUSTATIUS (a.k.a. STATIA) – DUTCH CARIBBEAN – by Theresa

St. Eustatius (Statia), a Dutch Caribbean island in the  East Indies, is not a popular tourist destination, however, it is every bit as beautiful as her Caribbean tourist-destination counterparts. In fact, the lack of tourist(s)/tourism adds to the island’s overall charm.

Quill Volcano & Oranje Bay, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Quill Volcano & Oranje Bay, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Since we began cruising, in 2014, we have not missed an opportunity to stop in Oranje Bay in Statia. See Statia (2015/05/14). When we first pulled into port, in 2015, the boys had been learning about volcanoes in science. Picking up a mooring ball at the base of the Quill Volcano brought their lessons blazing to life!

Ryan & Ronan hoisting courtesey Statia flag (March 2015)

Ryan & Ronan hoisting courtesey Statia flag (March 2015)

Hiking to the top of the Quill Volcano in 2015 was an amazing experience and not one any of us will soon forget. Statia (2015/05/14). Each time we have pulled into Oranje Bay since then, with the Quill Volcano ominously towering over the Bay, I have marveled at the island’s natural beauty. This time (2018), I couldn’t help but notice the towering figures of the boys in front of the volcano. I guess the sea air has been good for these growing young men these past three years!

Ryan & Ronan hoisting courtesey Statia flag (March 2018)

Ryan & Ronan hoisting courtesey Statia flag (March 2018)

Among the things we love about Statia are her historical ties to the United States. On November 16, 1776, the guns of Statia’s Fort Oranje were ordered to return the salute of the U.S. Brig Andrea Doria, thereby becoming the first salute by a foreign power to recognize the sovereignty of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War.

First Salute Plaque

First Salute Plaque

Statia Day Plaque

Statia Day Plaque

Fort Oranje is just a short walk up the hill and is rewarded with sweeping views of the Oranje Bay.

Oranje Bay, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), Piltos' Discretion in the center of the bay below (2018)

Oranje Bay, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), Pilots’ Discretion in the center of the bay below (2018)

Cannon, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), Pilots' Discretion on the left in the bay below

Cannon, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), Pilots’ Discretion on the left in the bay below

Over 242 years later, the fort still stands strong.

Ryan & Ronan running around Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean) (2018)

Ryan & Ronan running around Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean) (2018)

Walkway, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Walkway, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Sundial, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Sundial, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Some of the more recent (roof) additions to fort did not fare as well after hurricane Irma.

Missing roof on building in Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Missing roof on building in Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Other parts of the island also seemed to have been adversely impacted by Irma and Maria.

Missing roof, Waterfront restaurant, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Missing roof, Waterfront restaurant, Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean)

Grounded sailboat, St. Eustatius (2018), Piltots' Discretion anchored in the background

Grounded sailboat, St. Eustatius (2018), Pilots’ Discretion anchored in the background.

We were glad to see one of our favorite restauarant/hotels, The Old Gin House, was still standing.

Old Gin House Hotel & Restaurant, St. Eustatius (2018)

Old Gin House Hotel & Restaurant, St. Eustatius (2018)

Old Gin House Hotel & Restaurant, St. Eustatius (2018)

Old Gin House Hotel & Restaurant, St. Eustatius (2018)

A rare 0-1′ weather window had us continuing our journey north to St. Martin.

Passing Saba, 0-1 foot seas

Passing Saba, 0-1 foot seas

Ryan & Randy at the helm - Statia to St. Martin (2018)

Ryan & Randy at the helm – Statia to St. Martin (2018)

St. Martin took a direct hit from hurricane Irma. More on what we found there in our next post.

8 thoughts on “ST. EUSTATIUS (a.k.a. STATIA) – DUTCH CARIBBEAN – by Theresa

  1. J.C. AUSMUS, III

    Really enjoyed these last few post. Looking forward to St. Martin post. It took a terrible beating. Anxious to see how its doing. GOD bless, JC

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  2. Paul Johnson

    Keep the updates coming. It’s great to see and your beautiful family enjoying my dream life, lol..
    Stay Safe,
    Paul

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  3. Dee and Bob Coan

    We continue to follow your incredible journey and love all of the pictures! How fun to see the boys in the “then” and “now” photo. Safe travels as you continue to head northward.

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