Boat Information

  • Vessel name: MISS ANGIE
  • Arrival: Jun 2, 1980
  • Captain: n/a
  • Size: 51.5'
  • Use: FISHERY
  • Onboard when departed US: 2
  • Crew: 2
  • Refugees: 115
  • Total people onboard: 120
  • Coast guard remarks: n/a

Memories from the Passengers

Liuba Gonzalez's memory of Miss Angie

I was 6 years old but have very clear memories of my family's voyage. I remember that we confined to our boat for days in the Havana harbor because of inclement weather. Thankfully, our boat was big (enormous to a 6-year-old) and the captain was su (read the rest of this memory)ch a nice person. He had coolers full of juice for the kids and the the cabin was full of snacks. The first time I saw Gilda crackers was during this journey and I thought they were so pretty because they looked like shells.
Our crossing was scary to say the least. The black sky and bottomless ocean seemed like one and when the boat would hit a wave, it would point straight up at the black sky and come straight down where it seemed like the bow was going to be break through the raging swells and the merciless sea swallow the boat. We were even towing another boat that lost its engines. The women and children were in the cabin and the men were outside. I was lucky that my mom's cousin was on the same boat with her children because my mother passed out from sea sickness. We finally arrived in Key West after what I thought was an eternity and the very next morning we left the base to start a new life.