Monday, May 21, 2018

Mexico suspends charter company in Cuba airliner crash

President Nicolas Maduro re-elected President of Venezuela

May 21, 2018

According to the results announced by Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), President Maduro obtained 5.8 million votes while his main opponent, Henri Falcon, got a total of 1.8 million votes.  A total of 8.6 million Venezuelans voted, putting turnout at 46.01 percent.


JG: The Yankee imperialists want you to believe that only elections in capitalist countries are honest. Elections in the USA are always won by big $$$$$.

More on the Cuba Boeing Plane Crash

Cuba plane crash: Damojh company 'had safety complaints'

Link to BBC article:

Two photos are worth a thousand words.

The two photos of the Naval Envelope Cover were added to the previous post of Cuba Journal, yesterday.

Progress in one area:

1) I found a photo of U.S. Marine Lieutenant Albert Dillon Sturtevant. See below.

Albert Dillon Sturtevant (2 May 1894 – 15 February 1918) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I.
Sturtevant was born in Washington, D.C.. On 2 March 1917, he and 28 others enlisted in the Naval Reserve Forces as the First Yale Unit. Two days later, they were all commissioned ensigns.

After flight training in Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on 1 May 1917 and, in September, he received orders for overseas duty. Ensign Sturtevant reported to the group attached to the Royal Flying Corps station at FelixstoweEngland, in October.

The duty of Sturtevant's crew was to fly escort for merchantmen crossing the North Sea. On 15 February 1918 Sturtevant was one of an international crew of four in a Curtiss H-12B flying boat.

The flight officer that day was Claude Chester Purdy, a Canadian enlisted in the Royal Naval Service. Sturtevant, as second officer, was gunner. Two others in the plane were British air mechanic 1st class Sidney James Hollidge and British boy mechanic Arthur Hector Stephenson. With another plane from the same unit, piloted by a South African named Faux, their assignment was to escort a convoy of ships carrying beef between the Netherlands and Britain. The two aircraft were attacked by a group of ten German seaplanes. The group split in half, with five seaplanes pursuing each of the flying boats.

Faux managed to elude his attackers and escaped to the west and England, but Purdy was forced south towards the coast of Belgium. As if the situation were not dire enough, another group of German aircraft, led by Oberleutnant Friedrich Christiansen, air ace, entered the fray. Christiansen shot down the flying boat and it fell in flames into the North Sea. Christiansen later told Sturtevant's father that he circled the area and observed three crew members waving and clinging to the wreckage, but that he was unable to rescue them because it was a dangerous situation. Faux reported the attack at Felixstowe, where there was only one aircraft not otherwise engaged. That aircraft attempted a rescue but was damaged on takeoff. By the time another attempt could be made, any sign of the flying ship and its crew had disappeared.

Sturtevant was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

Two U.S. Navy ships were named after him:

Two ships, USS Sturtevant (DD-240), a Clemson-class destroyercommissioned in 1920 and lost after entering an American minefield her crew was not aware of in April 1942, and USS Sturtevant (DE-239), an Edsall-class destroyer escort, active between 1943 and 1960, have been named after him.

Source: Wikipedia

The first Navy ship DD-240 was ordered to go to Cuban waters on 16 August 1933. But I have not been able to find out why.

I will conclude that what happened on that date was part what historians have labeled as USA Gunboat Diplomacy.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Attention Navy or Cuba experts: I am doing research on a commemorative small postal envelope which is related to both the U.S. Navy and Cuba. I need help from the ‘experts’ to share light on it.

I am going to find out if I can take a color photo at my local library and transfer it to one of my USB sticks. I remember doing it a few years ago and I sent the photo to my email address.

[The Photos go HERE, below.]

Click on the two photos to enlarge them.

Approximately 10 years ago I was visiting a philatelic show, and in one box of of the stamp dealers I found a small commemorative envelope with a circular dated postal cancellation which has Aug 16, 1933 on it. I bought it. It was not expensive.

The left side of the front has what can be described as a “Green Color Rubber Cachet.”

It says on five lines:

U.S. Destroyers
Ordered to
Cuban Waters

Below those five lines there is a drawing in purple of a ‘Gun Boat Navy Ship’
Below the drawing, there are two lines, also in green:

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

On the upper right corner there is George Washington 3 cents purple U.S. Stamp.

The circular date postal cancel reads:

U.S.S. Sturtevant
Aug 16 1933

Three black bars extend to cancel the stamp & below them:


On the lower right corner, the envelope is addressed to:


On the back of the envelope there is what appears to be a rubber stamped lettering in cursive:

R D Razzette
Marine Barracks, Naval Station,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

To the right of the above signature. there is another Circular Date Cancellation

It reads:


To the right of the CDC is 1993 followed with a 1 with three bars at the top and three bars at the bottom.

The envelope is unsealed. No letter inside.

The mistery is: What happened on 16 Aug 1933?

Why were Navy ships ordered into Cuban Waters?

Possible Answer: Gunboat Diplomacy.

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country's deadliest plane crash since 1989

May 19, 2018

By Nelson Acosta and Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island's deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years.

Flags flew at half-mast in Cuba on Saturday, marking the start of two days of national mourning while authorities worked to recover evidence from the site of the crash and to identify the crash victims.


Minuto a Minuto: Cuba de duelo y el mundo en solidaridad ante accidente aéreo (+ Fotos y videos)


Con motivo del catastrófico accidente de aviación ocurrido al mediodía de hoy, el Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba acordó decretar DUELO OFICIAL desde las 06:00 horas del día 19 de mayo hasta las 12:00 de la noche del 20 de mayo.
Durante la vigencia del DUELO OFICIAL la Bandera de la Estrella Solitaria deberá izarse a media asta en los edificios públicos e instituciones militares.
18 de mayo de 2018


Mexican Charter Company in Cuba Plane Crash Had Received Serious Safety Complaints

Friday, May 11, 2018