Sint Eustatius (Statia)

Government Special municipality of the Netherlands since 10.10.2010 Netherlands Flag
Capital Oranjestad
Currency Euro (€)
Area 21km2
Population (2010) 2,292
Language Dutch & local Creole
Islands 1
Economy Oil Storage, International School of Medicine, & tourism
GDP per Capita $40,300 (20th worldwide) [2010 Data for the Netherlands]
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Over the past couple of trips I had sailed past Sint Eustatius numerous times and had always given it a wide berth. There are few facilities for visiting yachts and the island didn't seem to cater for tourists, particularly as the northern portion of the island consists of a huge oil depot and the waters to leeward of the island are always littered with various large oil tankers lying at anchor. But on my trip amongst the islands in 2011 with Lauren & Rob of Arita they convinced me to join them on Statia after the stay in St. Barths. Thus I allowed myself to be reluctantly dragged there and found it to be a wonderful island and a great stay.

There are no docks for visiting boats and the anchorage off Oranjestad can be a bit rolly, but the holding is good and the dinghy ride to shore is just a short one.

I've posted some of the pictures from Statia below, and more information is available on my Blog pages Blog 2011-02-01 and Blog 2011-02-02.

For a map with clickable pictures from this site displayed geographically please click here

Statia's "Quill" from the water This is the view of "The Quill", the island's young volcano - it is still an infant at only 1600 to 1700 years old. The other side of the island is the old side at a couple of million. This volcano is considered dormant and not extinct.
[17°27'5.55"N 62°57'26.36"W (facing N)]
Statia's "Quill" from the water
White Wall cliffs on Statia This is the "White Wall" (or Sugar Loaf); on Statia seen from the sea. These are narrow limestone deposits that the volcano has lifted and tilted.
[17°27'51.31"N 62°57'23.51"W (facing NW)]
White Wall cliffs on Statia
The Statia 'Slave Path' The slave path derived its name from the fact that this is steep and arduous path that the newly-arrived slaves had to trudge up to get from their arrival point on the beach to the settlement of Oranjestad on top of the bluffs. Even taking it in liesurely stride I found it to be steep and difficult and can barely imagine how much harder it was for people to walk up after being cooped up aboard ships for the Atlantic crossing.
[17°28'59.12"N 62°59'14.14"W (facing SE)]
The Statia 'Slave Path'
Fort Oranje on Statia This fort, first constructed in the 1600s, overlooks the main harbour and anchorage of Oranjestad and commands an excellent (as well as a good field of fire). It has been meticulously reconstructed and I was surprised to see that much of the effort came from students of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virgina (my old alma mater)
[17°28'57.81"N 62°59'12.5"W (facing S)]
Fort Oranje on Statia
Fort Oranje commemorative plaque This plaque commemorates an event import in American history, namely the first time a sovereign nation recognized the secessionist States, even though the salute was issued inadvertantly.
[17°28'55.78"N 62°59'11.35"W ]
Fort Oranje commemorative plaque
Statia Dutch cemetary Cemetary of the Dutch Reformed Church (consecrated November 2, 1755) which has been partially restored since 1981.
[17°28'54.14"N 62°59'6"W ]
Statia Dutch cemetary
Signpost on the way to the Quill, Statia The path to Quill was incredibly well-kept and easy to follow, once we actually found the terminus at the bottom of the hill. This was at about the halfway point and the way got progressively steeper and steeper as we climbed up the outside of the volcano. Fortunately the whole path was in the shade and we'd departed at first light so that we could avoid the full heat of the day.
[17°28'38.54"N 62°57'52.24"W ]
Signpost on the way to the Quill, Statia
Statia Quill caldera rim After the long climb up the hill in tropical humidity and heat we finally reached the lower part of the caldera rim and could look down into the lush forest that had grown at the bottom of the dormant volcano. Unfortunately pictures of the caldera didn't turn out as the humidity was so high that we were actually in the clouds.
[17°28'44.21"N 62°57'48.77"W (facing SE)]
Statia Quill caldera rim
Looking down at Statia's Oranjestad After climbing the last couple of hundreds yards up the path with camera and tripod in hand I finally made it to the very top of the Quill and was rewarded with a wonderful vista. The island of Saba is visible in the distance and one of those little dots off Oranjestad is Zanshin I.
[17°28'45.25"N 62°57'48.15"W (facing NW)]
Looking down at Statia's Oranjestad
Fort Oranje looking at Sabe Fort Oranje looking at Sabe
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Fort Oranje looking at Sabe
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