Victoria Street, Barbados24 May 2007
Source: George Leland Dyer Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #340
Staff Person: Maury York
This view of Victoria Street on the island of Barbados was taken in 1875, probably by George Leland Dyer (Aug. 26, 1849-Apr. 2, 1914), a naval officer serving aboard the USS Frolic. The son of George Washington and Mary Kelley Dyer, he was born and reared in Calais, Maine. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1866, Dyer was graduated with honors in 1870. He was made an ensign in July 1871 and was promoted through grades to the rank of commodore in 1908, when he retired. Included in this view are the old post office and the business (note hanging sign, right) of a watch and clockmaker. The George Leland Dyer Papers contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, and other materials that reflect Dyer’s naval career as well as the development of the U.S. Navy and naval technology during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A finding aid describing the collection can be found at Manuscript Collection 340.