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Guyana Gallery Page 2 - Demerara River to Parika
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• 1 - Introduction   • 2 - Demerara River to Parika   • 3 - Region 3, Hubu, near Parika, and nearby Essequibo River  
• 4 - Region 3, Fort Island and Essequibo River   • 5 - Santa Mission   • 6 - Mibiri Creek • 7 - Kaieteur Falls  
• 8 - A Few More Pictures   • 9 - People of Guyana (old photographs)   • 10 - Old Views   • 11 - More Old Views   • 12 - Old Adverts
• See also Georgetown Gallery

Click to enlargeThe Demerara Harbour Bridge. As the name suggests, this bridge spans the River Demerara linking Schoon Ord, West Bank Demerara and Peter's Hall, East Bank Demerara, 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Georgetown. It is 6,074 feet (1,851 metres or 1¼ miles) in length, with two traffic lanes and a pedestrian gangway. It is 24 feet wide.It is one of the world's longest floating bridges, but not the longest, as sometimes claimed; an impressive bit of engineering, nevertheless. It was commissioned on 2nd July 1978. The original idea for the bridge was proposed by Captain John Patrick Coghlan in 1952 back when Guyana was still the colony of British Guiana.
There are 61 spans in the bridge, numbered 1 to 61 going from east to west. There is a raised or high level span, Span No.34 and two retractor spans, Spans Nos. 9 to 10. The high level span lets small vessels pass underneath the bridge at all times and the retractor spans allow the passage of larger craft at specified times. (1)

Click to enlargeA busy time on the bridge.
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A section on the western side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge collapsed on Monday, 23rd July 2012. Demerara Harbour Bridge officials blamed two temporary pontoons for the collapse which occurred while a few vehicles were crossing the bridge, but no one was reported injured.

The collapse put a strain on the Vreed-en-Hoop and Georgetown Stellings*, as commuters had only the stellings to use to cross the river. Speedboats were the only mode of transportation for those travelling between West Demerara and Georgetown.

There were two double decker ferries docked at the Georgetown Ferry Stelling, however, these vessels were unable to be used because the stellings were in a state of disrepair. (5)
(* stelling: a jetty)

For an aerial view of the bridge see Guyana Gallery Page 8.

Click to enlargeVreed-en-Hoop is the administrative centre for the Essequibo Islands- West Demerara (Region 3) and houses the Regional Democratic Council Office. The town encompasses a few smaller communities including New Road, Plantain Walk and Coglan Bush. The name of the town comes from the Dutch "Vrede en Hoop", meaning "Peace and Hope" in English.
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Click to enlargeVreed-en-Hoop as it was.
A postcard from the late 19th or early 20th century.

Click to enlargeA railway relic. The Demerara-Essequibo Railway ran for 18.5 miles (29.8 km) along the West Coast of Demerara from Vreed-en-Hoop on the left bank of the Demerara River to Parika on the Essequibo River.

The first section of the Demerara-Essequibo railway was laid down after 1900 between Vreed-en-Hoop and Greenwich Park, and later extended to Parika in 1914. The railway provided services for both passengers and cargo.

It was closed by the Guyanese government in 1974. (2)
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In 1950, Gerald Durrell travelled to British Guiana to collect animals for British zoos.
In Three Singles to Adventure, Gerald Durrell describes his experience of catching the train at Vreed-en-Hoop after travelling by ferry across the River Demerara from Georgetown.

Fortunately for Durrell and his companions, the train to Parika was running 10 minutes late, so after a frantic dash from the ferry quay they manage to catch the train.

'We galloped on to the station, perspiring and gasping, to the intense interest of an odd assortment of humanity that was collected on the platform. They greeted our hot and dishevelled persons with a few derisive catcalls that quickly turned to cheers as our trolley hit a rock and most of the luggage fell off. By a superhuman effort we flung the last box in as the train pulled out, and, leaning out of the window, I flung a handful of small change at the face of the lounger [he had helped them bring the luggage from the quayside], who was desperately trying to keep pace with the train, holding out his hands imploringly.

The tiny train rattled along manfully, dragging its row of grimy carriages between the glistening paddy-fields and patches of woodland, at one point attaining a speed that seemed dangerously like twenty miles an hour.'

Three Singles to Adventure, Gerald Durrell, 1954. (External link to Amazon.co.uk.)

Click to enlargeRuimzeight in West Coast Demerara. There had been heavy rain the previous day (29th February) and there were still threatening clouds and large expanses of surface water around. Despite the rain, it was always warm.
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Click to enlargeThe coastal area is low lying and at risk from flooding. This expanse of of flatland is at Windsor Forest by the coast road.
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The sea has been a constant threat to the plantations. Between January 1874 and January 1879, the sea defences of Windsor Forest cost $49,200. The plantation survived until 1909, when it finally succumbed to the sea-defence problem. (3)
The villages of Den Amstel and Fellowship are associated with Plantations Hague, Blankenburg and Windsor Forest. (4)

Click to enlargeThe Toucan Inn guest house is situated in Meten-Meer-Zorg on the road from Georgetown to Parika. The small but fascinating Guyana Heritage Museum is in the same building.
Contact card for the Toucan Inn.
See also Waterton's Plantations.
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Click to enlargeMeten-Meer-Zorg
viewed from the Guyana Heritage Museum and Toucan Inn.
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Click to enlargeAnother view of Meten-Meer-Zorg
from the Guyana Heritage Museum and Toucan Inn.
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Click to enlargeThe Atlantic Ocean
and sea wall at Meten-Meer-Zorg from the Guyana Heritage Museum and Toucan Inn.
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Click to enlargeLeonora,
originally Plantation Leonora dating from the days of the Dutch colony.
It was named after a boy, Leo, and a girl, Nora.
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Click to enlargeDe Kinderen
- the Anglican Parish Church of St. Simon, Met-en-meer-zorg, West Bank and West Coast. Viewed from the coastal public road.
De Kinderen is another of the many villages dating back to the days of the Dutch colony.
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Click to enlargeParika
on the east bank of the River Essequibo. The main stelling here is where boats and ferries can be found to travel upstream or across the river.
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Click to enlargeThe sluice gate or koker at Hubu
near Parika. Boats to Fort Island can be obtained from the stelling* situated near here. See also Guyana Gallery Page 3. (* A pier or quay.)

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Fellowship on the coast road. Read more about the Waterton connection, click here.
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Fellowship. For more about Fellowship, click here.

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'Welcome to West Coast Demerara' - on the road from Georgetown to Parika.
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Cables everywhere at this spot in Uitvlugt!

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The public road at Den Amstel. There are more pictures of Den Amstel and Fellowship here.
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1. Includes information from the Guyana Chronicle, 2nd July 2003, Guyana: Land of Six Peoples.
2. Guyana News and Information The early period of road and railway transport.
3. History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881 - 1905, Walter Rodney, Heinemann Educational Books, London, 1981.
4. Guyanese Sugar Plantations in the Late Nineteenth Century, A Contemporary Description from the Argosy. Edited and introduced by Walter Rodney, Release Publishers, Georgetown, Guyana, 1979.
5. Based on an article in JB, Jay Blessed Media, 23rd July 2012. The story also appeared in other Guyanan media, including Kaieteur News Online.

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