Coal in the Caribbean


Charles W. Blackburne, [Coal carriers, St. Lucia], 1897-1912 (2013.81.288)


Charles W. Blackburne, [Coal carriers, St. Lucia], 1897-1912 (2013.81.290)


Charles W. Blackburne, [Coal carriers, St. Lucia], 1897-1912 (2013.81.287)

Amateur photographer and businessman Charles W. Blackburne made these glass plate negatives (4″x5″) during the fifteen years that he was importing goods from the Caribbean to the United States. (It is unclear where the coal is from, perhaps from the United Kingdom.) A few years ago diesel energy (not coal) was the primary source of energy that was converted into electrical energy on St. Lucia. The photos below were meant for context and don’t really reflect the extraordinary natural beauty of St. Lucia.
This is the first in a series of blog posts, in chronological order, that will take an international look at coal.


Charles W. Blackburne, [Pitons, St. Lucia], 1897-1912 (2013.81.294)


Charles W. Blackburne, [Pitons, St. Lucia] 1897-1912 (2013.81.293)


Charles W. Blackburne, [Stream, St. Lucia] 1897-1912 (2013.81.295)

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