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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HISTORY MONTH: Lindbergh Bay Hotel Was A Former U.S. Navy Hospital in St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas is a boutique hotel located within walking distance from the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas.

It sits on a peninsula overlooking the picturesque Lindbergh Bay Beach. This quaint, family-managed Caribbean hotel serves as one of the amenities located near the airport.

The hotel has an interesting military history. The main building was built in 1928 and served as a U.S. naval hospital during World War II. It was converted into a hotel eight years later.

This historic property also has four canons as part of its landscape. Two canons bearing the date 1784 are placed at the lobby’s entrance. Historians believe they were involved in a skirmish between the British and French in the 18th century. Two smaller canons on the property that point across the bay were discovered in the Charlotte Amalie harbor about 50 years ago, but their “story” remain a mystery to this day.

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Photo Credits: Dexter Tyson and Anthony Gagliani

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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