Journey of 1933 to the Spanish Main, Part 1



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Shipboard and ocean views
Title cards transcription:
“Cruise Ship Voyage
Visiting:
Port au Prince, Haiti; Kingston, Montego Bay, & Nelson Barracks, Jamaica; Puerto Columbia, Barranquilla, & Cartagena, Columbia; Cristobal, Balboa, Panama; CANAL ZONE Colon, Ancon, Old Panama”
“Via the SS Columbia:An American ship, American owned, American manned”
“A splendid ship, the SS Columbia: and one of the prides of America’s new Merchant Marine”
“Now that we have seen and approved of the SS Columbia, let’s take a trip to the islands which Columbus discovered..
..a territory full of rich imagination, waters of the pirates and buccaneers,lands of the Spanish Main.”
Kate Tode knitting.
“Fresh air on the topsides: Kate with Bill and Lady Griffin. (good scouts, good fellow passengers).
“Modern pirates of the Spanish Main wait for passenger’s pennies (dimes and quarters too) on arrival at Port au Prince, Haiti”
Young Haitian men diving in the water.
“The red tropic sun disappeared beyond the horizon as the ‘SS Columbia’ heads to Kingston Jamaica. Warm weather to-morrow”
Ocean sunset
“Skirting the coast of the ancient Carib country. The name of this fierce man eating people is still preserved in the Caribbean Islands and the Caribbean Sea”
Coastline of Jamaica
“Jamaica was discovered on the 14th of May, 1494, by Columbus on his second voyage. It’s mountains rise to 7360 feet above the sea”
Coastline
“King Street is the Broadway of Kingston. Here stands the delightful old parrish church dating back to 1692”
Intersection, street scenes, Queen Victoria statue from rear, city life, church.
“Steaming across the routes where once the wealth of Incas was borne to Spain”
Sunset on ocean
“The first port of call in South America was Puerto Columbia from where a visit was paid to the important inland city of Baranquilla on the Magdalena River. From Puerto Columbia our ship brought us to the capitol of the department of Bolivar Columbia ie CARTAGENA, the best harbor on the north coast of South America, from where was shipped for centuries the wealth of the new world. Founded as early as 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, it was the destination of most ships that sailed from Spain to America. It’s massive stone walls, in some places 40 ft. thick, survive to speak of their strength in the early days”
Harbor view
Cartagena
“The grim old fort of San Filipe, which successfully withstood the siege of Admiral Vernon in 1741, has never been conquered.”
Soft focus shot of fort
Better pan of Cartagena old town
“Among the numerous churches of the ancient city, the largest and most impressive is the Jesuit church of San Juan de Dios, with its double towers and celebrated marble pulpit”
Side view of church and street scene
“An old monastery adjoins the church, which was erected by royal order of Phillip II, King of Spain, issued in 1603.”
The monastery’s balcony arches.
“Profligacy must be a virtue in Cartagena. The authorities claim that sixty percent of births are illegitimate. Let’s take a look at a few of ’em”
Children running.
Children gazing at the camera, perhaps posing.
Some children on the streets, as the camera passes in a car. One toddler is not dressed.
Children on the street staring at the camera. Children waving to the camera.
A child and a man on a donkey on the road.
Children [at an orphanage?]
A boy backs away from the camera
“All things are learned at an early age in Cartagena, including smoking”
Little girl smoking, holding a toddler
“Cute little bastard is this one”
Very young boy washing his hair in a large tub under portico.