GCSC membership meeting August 9th at Harolds dinner at 6 pm meeting at 7 pm Guest speaker Roger Horton— Sailor, Novelist and Artist will share little known details of the Cuban Revolution
The connection in the early 1960s between the Cuban Revolution and then, colony of British Guiana. One dark connection that the Us Government has neglected to mention in our official History, in fact one that most of remains well hidden.
It is not commonly known that a faction of Allen Dulles’s CIA backed, armed and provided Fidel Castro with over well over a hundred Radio stations, the network was called Radio Rebelde. They in a sense made it possible to overcome 40 other revolutionary groups to steel the revolution. When Castro turned on them, it was cover your backside time at the CIA and to say the least, President Eisenhower was not happy went he learned what had been going on. He gave then, Vice President Nixon, the task of getting Castro out of power in Cuba and wanted it done before he was out of office. Well, that didn’t work out.
When Kennedy beat Nixon and inherited covert operations he was uncomfortable with. He made adjustments that set the CIA up for failure at the Bay of Pigs. At the same point in history, the colony of British Guiana was on the brink of independence. Kennedy sent the CIA to make sure there would not be another Castro on the western Hemisphere and got it wrong. It’s a hell of an untold story. I was there during a small part of it.
Captain Roger C. Horton, has been for nearly sixty years a sailor and merchant mariner. Holding an ‘Unlimited Master of Oceans license, in the US Merchant Marine, Roger has been an officer for over 55 years, 4 more in foreign flag ships.
He was born in 1942 and grew up sailing the Florida coast and the Bahamas. Just short of the age of 15 he left home to work at sea. Adding a few years to his age, he found work on small foreign flag vessels, carrying cargo under sail in the Caribbean. Having learned celestial navigation early, he earned a mates position on a Honduran ship, eventually working his way to captain on another vessel.
Ships made regular calls to Island ports. The Matanzas, Havana, Cienfuegos and ports in the Banes area were frequent destinations during the last couple years of the Batista government. Cargos included carrying contract sugar workers from Port a Prince Haiti to ports in the Bay of Nipe. In 1961 he began working for Wind Jammer Cruises, and later to US flag vessels. In the mid 60’s he spent time prospecting British Guiana, Roraima, and province of Brazil before entering the Army in 1967. In Viet Nam, Roger operated Army tugs, running fuel an munition barges in the Mekong Delta.
After taking cargos all over the world for the past 50 years, he retired to S.W. Florida, where he continues to sail the coast and venture into the Islands.
Roger has also had parallel careers as a Novelist, Marine Artist and illustrator. As a writer and artist he can draw from a wide and interesting life experience.
His last novel, set in South Florida and Cuba 1956 – 1960, tells the story of the Cuban Revolution from many perspectives. He is currently writing the sixth and last novel in the HURRICANE ROAD Series, taking his characters up to and past the Bay of Pigs debacle of 1961. He hopes to have it complete and ready for publication this winter.