Unexpected help building Sandcastle.

One day we got a call from Sam Harrell, making a reservation for lunch for his family. You may remember that Sam was the one who discovered the shipwreck. The Harrells, Sam, his wife,Betsy and his children, Patti and Michael arrived in a boat Sam had charted for the day. 

After lunch, the Harrells pitched in and helped us with the installation of the seepage pit for the septic tank system. This was situated about half way between Pioneer and Footloose cottages. 

When it was time to leave, Micael balked… he didn’t want to leave. He wanted to stay with us and work with us for just room and board. It was agreed, and we had Michael for about two weeks. He was an excellent worker and jumped in wherever he was needed, or useful. Michael began to seem like a son to us.



George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

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