September 3, 2015

1872 UNITED KINGDOM (British Virgin Islands) - Marina Cay

The British Virgin Islands consist of four main islands, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. One of this cay is Marina Cay, an 8-acre island which is home to Pusser's Restaurant and Villa Rentals. It was uninhabited until 1937, when author Robb White and newly married wife Rosalie "Rodie" Mason settled on the island. The Whites spent three years on Marina, hacking a cistern out of the rough, rocky land and shipping in enough concrete to build a small, sturdy house.

The two lost Marina Cay; the British government had never issued them a license to hold the land and now formally refused, stating that White’s published writings had misrepresented conditions in the British Virgin Islands. Eugene Tonkonogy took ownership of the island after he persuaded the British colonial governor to grant him a license. Tonkonogy died in 2001 and the island passed into the ownership of Jose Cuervo Tequila, referring to it as Cuervo Nation. The island was used as a promotional tool, hosting promotional events.

About the stamps
The stamp is one of the four of the series The 200th Anniversary of East End Methodist Church, issued on December 10, 2010.

Marina Cay - Wikipedia

Sender: Kimmora
Sent from Road Town (British Virgin Islands / United Kingdom), on 26.05.2015
Photo: Don Hebert

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