Captain Edwin "Speedy" George and his daughter Coralie who manages the ever
growing company [photo Astrid Wenzke]
SPEEDY'S CELEBRATES 35th ANNIVERSARY
Last Saturday, over 800 friends, well-wishers and customers of Speedy's
gathered in Virgin Gorda to celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Virgin
Gorda fleet of ferries popularly known as "Speedy's". In attendance was
also BVI Chief Minister Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal and other VIPs. One of the
highlights of the event was the presentation and blessing of boats. The
most admired was the latest addition to Speedy's fleet, the
"Peacemaker". Master of ceremonies was Ray Flax and music was provided by
Andrew St. Hillaire, Kamau Georges and Frontline.
Edwin George (aka Speedy) set up business in the early 1960s with one taxi
cab. Then from his front yard he started Virgin Gorda's first driving school.
In the late 1960s Speedy imported three mini mokes for rental, and in 1974
the first safari bus was taking visitors on island tours.
Speedy's first ferry, "Adventure" did all the ferry runs, a weekly shopping
trip to St. thomas. The vessel became the "Water Ambulance" and performed
coast guard rescues.
At the beginning of the new millennium Speedy's continue to grow steadily
and now offers car & jeep rentals and operates a busy fleet of safari buses.
Newer, bigger ferries have been added, including most recently the superb
72ft catamaran "Peacemaker".
The company and directors have received well deserved accolade, awards and
honourable mentions for service and dedication. Still very much a family
business, Speedy's continues to give consistent high quality, friendly and
efficent service as always.
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