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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles — Caribbean Region (Lesser Antilles)
 

Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey

July 24, 1926 - January 8, 1999

 
 
Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker
Inscription. Albert Claudius Wathey, simply "Claude" to everyone, was no doubt the most dominant political figure on the island in the last century. The legendary leader was in power for almost 40 years, during which time St. Maarten was transformed from a sleepy backwater island whose inhabitants had to emigrate elsewhere to find work, into one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean, attracting over a million visitors annually, including a very significant number of cruise passengers as well as thousands of immigrant workers from all over the world.

Claude was not only a man of vision who saw far beyond the horizon, but also a man of action, a captain who steered his people on a course of progress and prosperity. He had concieved of the expansion and modernization of the harbor and airport facilities more than 20 years ago, but his plans were considered too ambitious and costly. Claude's vision has been fulfilled, although he did not live to see the completion of the project for which he fought so hard.

In recognition of a life of endless love and deep commitment to St. Maarten and its people, and of a vision that is forever inspiring, the Board of Supervisory Directors of the St. Maarten Harbor Holding Ltd., dedicates this statue to the memory of Dr. Albert Claudius "Claude" Wathey.
 
Location.
Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker
18° 0.818′ N, 63° 2.673′ W. Marker is in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Marker is on Cruise Ship Terminal Promenade (The Harbor Point V 0.7 kilometers from Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten 00100, Netherlands Antilles.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Philip Frederick Craane (a few steps from this marker); Vance Theophilus James (a few steps from this marker); The Old Police Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Frontstreet Merchants (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); St. Maarten Gingerbread Market Stalls (about 90 meters away); Historic Sint Maarten Remembered (about 150 meters away); Sint Rose Hospital (approx. one kilometer away).
 
Regarding Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey. The Wathey family is an old Caribbean family of British origin. In 1951, the Caribbean Dutch colonies obtained greater political autonomy in the wake of world wide de-colonization and became known as the Netherlands Antilles, a fully autonomous six island state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Claude (as he was known) was elected to the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles in 1954, representing the three Dutch Windward Islands of Saba, Statia, and Sint
Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities Complex , Passenger Terminal image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2011
3. Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities Complex , Passenger Terminal

Maarten. Under his administration, Sint Maarten was transformed from a neglected colonial backwater into a thriving tourism destination with one of the highest per capita incomes in the region. He won every election until 1990, dominating Sint Maarten politics like a colossus, making a triumphant personal comeback in 1991 after a brief setback. After declaring that he was a "proud Caribbean man", he resigned from office in 1992 as a sign of protest to Dutch "higher supervision", a form of oversight and financial control imposed by the Dutch government to ensure "good governance". after allegations
of the island's first coalition government fell and Wathey's main rivals found themselves in opposition again. In 1994 Wathey was charged with corruption, fraud, and being part of a "criminal" organization; however, he was never sentenced or convicted on any of the latter, but received a 1 year prison sentence for perjury.
 
Also see . . .  Claude Wathey. was a prominent politician from the island of Sint Maarten. He was knighted by the Dutch Crown for his political longevity. He championed political independence for the island in 1989, but was later convicted on charges of purgery in a political scandal; however, many on Sint Maarten felt the trial was nothing more than a witch hunt conducted by his rivals and adversaries
Welcome image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
4. Welcome
in Curacao and the Netherlands in order to break his monopoly on political power in Sint Maarten and to destroy his credibility. Despite this, he remains a popular, if controversial, figure, even after his death. (Submitted on February 20, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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the Promenade image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
5. the Promenade
Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
6. Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker
St. Maarten image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
7. St. Maarten
Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker and statue greet the Cruise ships in port image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
8. Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey Marker and statue greet the Cruise ships in port
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,742 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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