Political Leaders of St. Kitts and Nevis (both past and present) delivered remarks at a Special Sitting of the Nevis Island Assembly, at the Assembly’s Chambers in Charlestown on Friday, July 31st, 2020 which was held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the MV Christena disaster.
On August 1st 1970, the MV Christena, an inter-island ferry which operated between Basseterre and Charlestown, sank on its way to Charlestown in an area known as Nag’s Head and resulted in 233 persons losing their lives.
Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and only living National Hero, Dr. the Right Excellent and Right Honourable, Sir Kennedy Simmonds, who was the only medical doctor on Nevis at the time of the disaster, spoke of his experience:
Former Prime Minister, Sir Kennedy Simmonds. Former Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory gave an insight as to what he saw on August 1st 1970:
Former Premier of Nevis, Hon. Vance Amory.
Meantime, Former Prime Minister of SKN, Dr. the Right Honourable, Denzil Douglas, said it was a “tragedy”:
Former Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable, Denzil Douglas.
That’s Former Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry, speaking about the MV Christena.
Current Prime Minister of SKN, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, also made these remarks:
Prime Minister of SKN, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris. Current Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley made these remarks:
Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley.