NCCU’s General Manager reflects on MV Christena Disaster…50 years later
In St. Kitts-Nevis, we paused on August 1, 2020 to remember the many persons who died and those who survived the MV Christena Disaster. On Saturday 1 August, 1970, more than 300 persons boarded the MV Christena in St. Kitts with the intention of journeying to Nevis. The boat went down in the waters between the two islands, in an area known as Nags Head and less than 100 persons survived. The boat’s capacity was 150 persons. That event was nothing short of a tragedy.
The Nevis Co-operative Credit Union is proud to be part of the recovery process, having opened our doors two years later on July 25, 1972. In this video, which is part of a Christena Memorial Documentary Project – hosted by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society – our General Manager, Sydney Newton speaks of the Credit Union’s impact on the economic recovery efforts.