Honouring The Silent Heroes In Our Communities

Honouring The Silent Heroes In Our Communities

Roy Arthur Anslyn MBE

Roy Arthur Anslyn MBE Captain Roy Arthur Anslyn MBE also known as “Brother”,” Shipper” or “Captain” was born 23 December 1944 on the island of Nevis to a Lucina Harris and a Captain Edward Anslyn. Roy Anslyn attended the Charlestown Boy School and the Charlestown Secondary School.

At a very early age he developed a passion for the sea and began sailing and travelling on the sea. At the age of 16 after completing his secondary education no one was surprised when he built a boat and began travelling throughout the Caribbean. Following the death of his father, young Roy returned to Federation where he took a job at the Fisheries Department in St. Kitts. This job allowed the sea loving lad to gain extensive knowledge of the marine environment. His passion for all things ocean was fueled even further after attending several regional and internationally courses. His knowledge in navigation, seamanship, fish quality and control, fishing technology, fishing gear and equipment as well as meteorology greatly enhanced his chosen profession. He remained at the fisheries department for several years before moving on. It did not quench his urge to be on the sea.

Shortly after, he built his second boat and went into commercial fishing and developed such a skill in diving that he was considered the ‘best diver’ on the island. He was famous for diving lobster and in those days, lobster was sold for twenty-five cents per pound. Young Anslyn began training other men on the island in free diving and later, in scuba diving. This adventure continued for some time before he moved on again to become the captain of Marr Anderson’s fishing boat. During his tenure with Anderson, they were able to manage and build one of the most popular fishing business on the island.

In 1974 Anslyn built his third fishing boat called the M. V. Explorer which he operated until 1989 when it was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. In 1981, Captain Anslyn was approached by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to captain a ferry which would serve the Federation. He agreed and became the famed Captain of the M.V Carib Queen. He remained in that position until 1999.

Anslyn was a recognized expert in marine knowledge who, from 1999 until his death, served as a Consultant in the Premier’s Ministry, to the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority, and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).

Brother Anslyn was a member of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society as well as a board member for the Foundation for National Development (FND). He was instrumental in forming the Nevis Fishermen’s Marketing and Supply Coop Society Ltd where he held the post of Secretary/Treasurer for many years. During his time, he was successful in securing a grant to construct the fisheries complex in Charlestown. In 1985, Captain Anslyn was bestowed with the honor of Member of the British Empire (MBE). He has also received numerous awards for his service to the community and for his bravery in serving humanity and his country. Such awards included the Outstanding Nevisian Award from NEVCAN, the Independence Honours Award in 1985 and his last award from the NEV DC Association on September 30, 2017.

Captain Anslyn will also be remembered for his role during the Christena Disaster in 1970 where he was tasks with the responsibility to carry out the survey of the disaster. A total of 123 bodies were retrieved during the search.

Captain Arthur Anslyn passed away on October 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

Source: Island Issues Magazine 1991


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