Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles — Caribbean Region (Lesser Antilles)
Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey
July 24, 1926 - January 8, 1999
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. Touch 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
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 (Submitted on February 20, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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