and his wife Leah
Throughout the course of the day, Flyaway Charters will circumnavigate St. John on their 26 foot Glacier Bay Power Cat and venture through history as old as the Tainos (700 BC) to more modern history. They will share with guests the sites of major events like the St. John Slave Revolt of 1733 to little known interesting facts about the island. From accounts of power struggles, an incredible slave rebellion, corruption, hurricanes, droughts, pirates, Tainos, shipwrecks, privateers, emancipation, occupations, St. John’s position in comparison to the other islands, a varied economy, and so much more, there is an abundance of history on this small island…
Captain Colin has always been in love with history, it is just his way. Colin lived on an all wooden 80-year-old gaff-rigged ketch, which he restored since 2005. Colin’s wife, Leah, has always shared the same historical passion, and when they met, their shared love of the sea and history bonded them instantly. From the beginning of their relationship, they have always read anything they could about St. John history. Fast forward from many years ago to now, and their hobby turned into a passion and they are bringing it to other islanders and visitors alike. They lost the beautiful gaff-rigged ketch, Buxom, but they have taken on the restoration of another, S/V Breath. Built on the East End of St. John, Breath was handcrafted, sailed and chartered by Dorothy and Peter Muilenberg for years. The owners who bought Breath from Peter and Dorothy wanted the best for the boat and knew they had lost Buxom. They also knew how much Breath and the Muilenbergs meant to Colin, as he had captained her for around a decade before FlyAway Charters. We are so thankful to be given Breath after losing our boat to Hurricane Irma and are excited to bring a traditional boat back to Coral Bay.
Colin and Leah have done and continue to do massive amounts of research to make sure that what they are telling guests is accurate information. Examples of some of our sources include published graduate work, Danish archives, local archives, local libraries, ships’ records, verified internet sources (for example: St. John Historical Society, VINP, Vintage Virgin Islands, and many more), public domain information, books, out of print books we have had to hunt down, personal interviews, personal records shown to us, and so much more. Some of their information is information which will never be published but it is authentic information they are authorized to share with guests. They have no interest in perpetuating folklore or misinformation, as the accurate information is incredible on its own!
Check out their Listing and get in touch with FLYAWAY CHARTERS today to experience the beautiful history of St. John as you sail along enjoying the breathtaking views!