On April 4, 2008, the legendary Amistad cargo ship will arrive in Barbados. The dramatic story of this ship was told in a Steven Spielberg film of the same name. In August 1839, 40 slaves successfully took control of the vessel and its cargo. Unfortunately, they failed in their attempt to navigate back to Africa. The current captain, Bill Pinkney, built an exact replica of the ship and it is his dream to reenact Amistad’s legendary voyage. The ship recently departed Sierra Leone. Barbados will be the only Caribbean island to welcome the vessel. It will stay in Barbados until April 20th. During this time, its estimated 34 crew members will facilitate tours for students, corporate entities and the general public. The Barbados Tourism Authority is heading a committee made up of the US Embassy, the National Cultural Foundation, the Pan African Commission, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, the Ministry of Education, Goddard Shipping and Tours, the Barbados Coast Guard, and the Barbados Defense Force. The ship’s visit will be treated with much pomp and celebration. If you are lucky enough to be in Barbados between April 4-20 (perhaps on the way or returning from a St. Vincent/Grenadines charter), check it out! Send us your thoughts and photos and we will be glad to post them here!