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Falling Rocks on Saba

The Road, 28.XII.2006; pict. Baeten & De Dier
Farmers built the first stretch of road on Saba between 1938 and '43 and engineers considered construction of more impossible. But Josephus Lambert Hassell, the local carpenter, thought otherwise and he took a correspondence course in engineering. He gathered a crew of locals and started work in the second half of the 1940s. In 1951 The Road reached Windwardside and was completed when the airport was connected in 1961. Team members visiting an island not too big always try to drive every stretch of surfaced road. We did it on Saint Helena, it was done on Ascension and on Tristan da Cunha and our people didn't fail to complete the task on Saba either.

The Road is nerve-racking but they kept their eyes open. With results: two interesting warning signs!

First we have the Falling Rock sign. This is really something. We have a textual warning mounted below an empty triangle.
Text is found in other countries too (e.g. Hawaii, Australia) but either alone or accompanied by a drawing of rocks falling. So this looks like the first find of a pictorial rock warning sign without rocks (see our statistics.)

In past times a warning consisted of a see-through triangle with a caption describing the specific danger (see f.e. Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius). The local road sign authority probably misunderstood this and simply put an empty triangle of the modern size. Nowadays the reason is written inside the triangle, thus a larger size is needed.
Noticed that a serif typeface was used? Most roadsigns are set in sans-serif typefaces (see U.S.A. and many other countries).

Second there is a bilingual warning sign Levensgevaarlijke Hoogspanning - Peligro Morte Electricidad or mortal danger high tension. The first part is in Dutch, but the second part is weird. It looks like Spanish or Portuguese both with typos. It is probably Papiamento (a mixture of Portuguese, African, Spanish, English and Dutch) the lingua franca on several islands of the group and together with Dutch an official language since 2007.

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