a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

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a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Jazz557 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:53 pm

These May/June 2019 postings are a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie, on location in Tobago back in 1959.

Photos are posted in groups:

Shipwreck Bay, Belle Garden
Richmond Bay (the Swiss Family Robinson beach)
Goldsborough River (the tiger scene)
The treehouse at Goldsborough
Craig Hall waterfall
Pigeon Point
Grange Bay (The Wall)
Mt. Irvine Bay
Richmond Point
King Peter’s Bay and Celery Bay from Runnemeade
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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Jazz557 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:12 pm

I am unable to post photos to the forum ... i would keep trying!

I have been trying to upload for the last 2 days :(

Meanwhile, you can check this link for my Swiss Family Robinson filming locations revisited 60 years later ...


https://www.instagram.com/jazzali557/

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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Steve Wooler » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:50 am

Hi Jazz557

Sorry for the problem. It seems some of the forum settings needed a tweak after a recent update. You should be okay to post photos now. Please let me know if you have a problem.
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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Jazz557 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:35 pm

Shipwreck Bay, Belle Garden, Tobago
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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Jazz557 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:46 am

Richmond Bay, Tobago (The Swiss Family Robinson beach)
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Richmond Bay, Tobago (The Swiss Family Robinson beach)
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Richmond Bay, Tobago (The Swiss Family Robinson beach)
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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Jazz557 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:53 am

Richmond Bay was the main beach used in the filming of the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson movie. The family landed on this beach and spent their first night here. The fort used to fight off the pirates in the movie was on top of Richmond Hill. It was created with rocks made out of styrofoam mounted on top of a concrete base. Most of the concrete base is still there, however the entire hillside is densely covered in shrubs.

The shipwreck scenes, and some of the raft scenes, were filmed at a cove in Belle Garden Bay, just after Boat Bay. After the filming of the scenes, the cove got its own name - Shipwreck Bay.

In some blogs it was reported that someone drowned during the filming of the shipwreck scene. There was even speculation that it was on of the Disney Company divers.

I got the following information from Mr. C. Cook, a local driver for the lighting crew, and Mr Estephan (Whatty) Barrow, whose father worked as a craftsman for the Disney Company.

The raft scenes (where the Swiss Family escaped from the shipwreck) were filmed in the shallow, rocky waters just a few feet from the shore. The raft was anchored with ropes and divers were in the water to stabilize the raft. During the filming, a boat with some ‘pretty girls’ on board, passed the film crew. Of course, this pleasant distraction interrupted filming, with everyone waving and calling out to the girls. Mr. C. Cook remembered calling out to Bonaisi, one of the more popular girls on board.

About an hour later, the boat returned to the shipwreck filming site, with the girls all crying. Bonaisi had fallen off the deck into the water at rainbow rocks, between the shipwreck filming site and Boat Bay in Belle Garden. The Disney company crew abandoned filming and their divers went in search of Bonaisi. Unfortunately, her body was never recovered, having been pulled by the turbulent sea, into an underwater cave.

The rocks are now known as Bonaisi Rainbow, and the popular fishing ground is called Bonaisi Point. According to local legend, if you start howling at Bonaisi Point, the sea immediately becomes turbulent!

The Disney company left much more than memories at Belle Garden Bay in 1959. The concrete pillars where the actual shipwreck was anchored are all still there, and the tiny cove got a name - Shipwreck Bay. The legend of Bonaisi Point is also intertwined with the Swiss Family Robinson movie .

Source:
Tobagonian, Mr Clifford Cook. He was employed as the driver for the main crew of electricians (Sparks) for the movie. Back in 1959, he owned a new 5-seater 1959 Ford Zephyr car - registration number HE557
Mr Estephan (Whatty) Barrow, a Tobagonian businessman, also verified the Bonaisi incident, as narrated to him by His father, Francis Lashley. Mr. Lashley was employed by Disney as a craftsman during the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie, from August to November 1959 (the dismantling of the set and packing up continued into January 1960).

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Re: a revisit 60 years later, of filming locations used by Disney in the making of the Swiss Family Robinson movie

Post by Robert T » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:21 pm

interesting stuff, cool pictures, thanks for sharing Jazz

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