Are we losing Culpepper Island too?
Sunday morning October 28, 2012 was bright and sunny; it was a pleasant morning for the usual National Trust Sunday Hike, which started at Skeete’s Bay. As usual, the groups were split into four sections with each group going in a separate direction. It was prearranged from the previous Sunday’s hike that they would all meet near Culpepper Island toward the end of the three-hour hike and go across to the island.
It was so well organised, for those who had intended to go over to the island were well prepared, equipped with swimming apparel, shoes to guard against the sharp rocks and yards and yards of rope in case the sea was high and choppy.
Fortunately for the group, it was a nice day, weather wise, and conditions were perfect to swim or walk over to the island, so there was no need for the rope. Some were not brave enough to go across for one reason or another, but preferred to sit on the shoreline and watch as the others venture across.
Forty eight hikers – men, women and children – invaded Culpepper Island. Each person was asked to show his or her passport by the designated immigration officer to gain entry to the island, the first for many and will probably be the last for all of us, since the area will soon be developed and the public will no longer have access to the area.
I would think that about 80 per cent of Barbadians have never seen Culpepper Island and have only heard about it. What a shame for another piece of Barbados history to be lost to modernisation. I was fortunate as a boy growing up in Chapman Lane to have walked across to Pelican Island during low tide; well we all know what happened to Pelican Island. It is now the deep water harbour!
Will Culpepper Island suffer the same fate as Pelican? I hope not, for the sake of our children and their children.
— Wayne Cadogan