Not so long ago, boatbuilding played a crucial role in the West Indies. After creating sailing vessels, by eye, on the beach, with skills passed down the generations, men would work the trade winds to make a living. In each island they visited connections were made, with contact maintained through trade. Relatives sent news & stories to each other and so the Caribbean became a spiderweb of shared culture. These vessels therefor represent the interdependent spirit of our island nations - a way of life that has vanished with the march of progress.