Captain Roy Arthur Anslyn MBE, formally known as Arthur Anslyn or Captain Anslyn, and informally known as "Brother" Anslyn, was born 23 December 1944 on the island of Nevis in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles, West Indies. He is a recognized expert in marine knowledge who currently (from 1999 to the present) is serving as Marine Consultant to the Premier's Ministry, Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority, Nevis Island Administration (NIA), and Marine Advisor to the Premier's Ministry, NIA. Over the years, Anslyn has received numerous awards, both for his service to the community and for his bravery in saving lives and property in extreme situations.
Anslyn was honoured with the insignia of a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1985. He has been very active over the years in search and rescue, marine ambulance service, and other marine emergency services on Nevis. Using scuba, he took part in the underwater survey for the official inquiry after the 1970 ''Christena'' disaster, a ferry boat shipwreck which involved a great loss of life. Anslyn was captain of the ''Carib Queen'' ferryboat for 19 years, and was subsequently the Director of Fisheries at the NIA for many years.
Brother Anslyn lives in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis. His family name was originally Anslijn, of Dutch extraction: he has family ties to Saba, a Dutch island which lies north of Sint Eustatius.
In 1995, a reporter for the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer commented, "...he's one of those rare individuals who not only performs a public service...but also touch() the lives of so many of us" and, "We are fortunate to have someone like Brother among us".〔 The St. Kitts - Nevis Observer, 23-29 April 1995, section "Spotlight", page 16, "Brother Anslyn: His Love for the Sea and his Countrymen Shine Through"〕
Anslyn is an expert on marine matters. He is a highly experienced fisher and scuba diver. In 2000, Anslyn became Director of Fisheries at the NIA, a position which he held for many years. Anslyn also helped create and organize a Fishermen's Cooperative on Nevis.
For 19 years, from 1980 to 1999, Anslyn was Master of the ''Carib Queen'', one of several St. Kitts and Nevis ferry boats. During this time period, Anslyn was given an award by the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce for his actions in saving the ''Carib Queen'' from being wrecked during the passage of Hurricane Klaus in 1984. The hurricane struck without prior warning while the ''Carib Queen'' was at dock in St. Kitts, getting an engine overhauled. As the storm intensified, Anslyn took the boat offshore, anchored it, and went and got one other crew member. They then both swam out to the boat, climbed aboard and rode the hurricane out at sea, with only one engine intact. In 1989, Anslyn once again saved the ''Carib Queen'' from destruction during the passage of Hurricane Hugo, by taking the ship to a slightly more sheltered area in Sint Maarten. Although he had successfully saved the ''Carib Queen'', he subsequently found out that his own boat back on Nevis had been destroyed by the hurricane, which caused great damage to Nevis.〔
Anslyn has piloted and worked on numerous sail boats and motor craft, both freight and passenger vessels, and has studied marine topics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and other marine science centers.
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