LUCKY CRACKER

Boat Information

  • Vessel name: LUCKY CRACKER
  • Arrival: Jun 2, 1980
  • Captain: n/a
  • Size: 66.7'
  • Use: FISHING
  • Onboard when departed US: 15
  • Crew: 3
  • Refugees: 186
  • Total people onboard: 203
  • Coast guard remarks: 1 Cuban -American who departed U.S. did not return

Memories from the Passengers

CARLOS's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

MIS PADRES FUERON ENVIADOS EN OTRO BARCO.NOS DIERON 150
PERSONAS PARA TRAER
NINGUNO ERA FAMILIAR
DE LOS QUE RENTAMOS EL BARCO

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ana maria jorge's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

yo tenia 19 anos nunca me havia separado de mi familia ,para mi fue un viaje horrible nos mandaron en mal tiempo me pase el viaje pensando en mi madre que mas nunca volveria a verme ,cuando alfin llegamos lo primero que veo que vemos son personas ves (read the rest of this memory)tidas iguales que los policia de cuba ,pense que no haviamos salido de cuba, fue horrible .despues que salimos del barco nos dieron una coca cola entendi que estabamos en estados unidos .nunca me arrepiento de haver tomado la desicion de dejar a mis padres y hermanos .

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CARLOS's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

EL NOMBRE DEL CAPITAN ES CHUCK TAYLOR,YO FUI A BUSCAR A MIS PADRES

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The Felipe Santana Santana Family's memory of Lucky Cracker
06/02/2010

It was a difficult navigation in fact was a very dangerous navigation. The Cuban Government released us into the perfect storm on purpose so we would perish. But the Captain and Crew reassured all the passengers that our lives were in good hands. (read the rest of this memory) We remember an older couple which the husband was in a wheel chair and had no steadiness because of the constant rocking of the stormy weather. My dad sat him down on the deck floor to avoid an accident and threw the wheelchair overboard to keep him safe. I remember a lot of sea sick people and crying and screaming. I was six years old and the huge waves was constantly crashing on the boat. One of the sails that were crucial to the stability of boat had snapped and a Jamaican crew member had to take care it or else we would be in danger of sinking since, the boat was over the limit of passengers. Overall, it was a life changing experience for my parents, my sister, and I. Lots or regrets for my parents who realize the dangerous journey they had embark on with their young daughters. But, today my parents and my sister and I... will sail in any dangerous storm to America … is home sweet home and God Bless this beautiful country. We are proud to American Citizens and we are proud to testify that we survive the Mariel Lift unlike so many who perished in the Atlantic Ocean seeking freedom and human rights. My family made a promise to never step foot in Cuba as long as the Castros’ and their corruption are in power. The promise is still true today. We are celebrating 30 years of our arrival to the U.S. and we had never left American soil. Good Bless America!

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n/a's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

Jose Manuel Torga and wife Clara Santana parents of Sandra came from Cuba on Lucky Cracker. The Captain of that boat still lives somewhere in Bahia Honda, Fl Keys.

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Almeris Mesa's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

I was nine years old and I remember getting on that boat and feeling very excited to embark on this great journey. Shortly after the boat sailed I fell asleep. When I finally woke up, I was in Key West. It was truly an incredible feeling. The air sm (read the rest of this memory)elled of freedom and I never felt happier. I had arrived in the USA. I was finally living the reality which just a few months ago had been only a fantasy. AM

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n/a's memory of Lucky Cracker
05/21/2010

Sandra is the name of a lady that went on Lucky Cracker to pick up her parents. She lives in Tampa, FL. She told me that she spent many days over in Cuba waiting for her parents. She has pictures of that place and the some of the people that came (read the rest of this memory)on that boat. She also told me that she keeps in touch with the Captain.

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