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Title: Mill Reef Club, Antigua, brigantine ALBATROSS voyage, 1960

Accession Number: 2002.35.166
Type: 35mm color slide
Maker: Langford, Richard E.
Place: Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua
Date: 1960-1961
Description: 35mm color slide from voyage of brigantine ALBATROSS 1960-1961; photographed by Richard E. Langford who was a teacher aboard the vessel when it sank May 2, 1961; he used slides in this collection (2002.35.1-657) for lectures about the sinking. The following transcription is from Richard Langford Collection AV 193:2002-5,6: [TCR 01:34:47]: “(“Was that ALBATROSS?”) That was ALBATROSS. This was the old Mill Reef Club [Antigua]. I don’t know whether it’s in existence now or not. But at the time it was a millionaires’ club, and that’s the way you got in--you had to have a million dollars to get in. They had a party on a Saturday night at the Jabberwock Club in Antigua. It was a private party, but we didn’t know it, the three of us--the math teacher [John Perry] and I [Richard Langford], and Spook [George] Ptacnik the cook. We got dressed up and we went to what we thought was an open nightclub, and it turned out to be a private party that some developer down there, a fellow named Johnson, was giving for his daughter. And we met the manager of this club, who happened to be Mexican, and George [Ptacnik], the cook, spoke Spanish with him, and they became instant friends, and he said this is Saturday, tomorrow’s Sunday, come on out to the Mill Reef Club and you can visit it, but next time you come back you have to have a million dollars. So we went out to visit it...”

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