Only a very few original mimeographed copies of this original still exist. This one was given to me by Capt. Fergie Walker whose hand written note, "Read this and your will know more than . . .
"It is a treasure in my library of Caribbean memories."
Capt. Conrad Brown
SKIPPER'S EYE VIEW is an honest re-print of a handout Captain Bruno Brown prepared on board his yacht for his guest's edification and information. He was a very practical, retired British marine officer who followed Capt. Nicholson to the Windward Islands to live the good life and have guests aboard from time to time to help pay the bills.
His hand-written index tells it better than I could;
LAND; Sporting Equipment, films, taxis, stamps, currency, etc.
SEA; Imaginary vs. real perils, swimming, boats and boating etc.
Sky; Seasons, trade-wind weather, stars, green flash, etc.
History; Importance to Americans, which are windward and leeward islands and why!
Editors Note: (Written by Capt. Bruno)
"Capt. W.S.M. (Bruno) DSO, OBE, DSC, RN (ret.) the author and illustrator of this pamphlet originally prepared it for Yacht Charterers based on his almost ten years of cruising in these waters, the information in it however appears to be of general interest to all those enjoying this delightful area, whether on land, cruise ships, or island hopping by air."
What follows are delightful hand written pages and drawings illustrating important things a tourist or yachtsman should know to fully enjoy the islands and not offend too many locals. Pages are titled thusly;
Can I wear shorts ashore, or must I wear a tie?
Taxi's are expensive here!
Jelly nuts (Coconuts)
Stamps, (each island prints their own)
Currency; U.S. Dollar anywhere, BWI, and French Franks French islands.
The Formalities, passports etc.
Imaginary Perils in the tropics; Barracudas, sharks and snakes.
Real Perils in the tropics; the Sun, Manchineel apples, black sea urchins
Languages; English, French, creole
Lobsters; spiny lobster, and langouste
Dolphins or Porposes?
"Is the water cold? Why are there no tides here?"
Is it a ship or a boat?
Our seasons, trade winds and rainfall
Stars, (Capt. Brown explains the movement of the heavenly bodies like no other)
The Green Flash!