Meet the Crew

Large ships need a skilled and varied crew to complete a successful voyage! Meet the crew of Caribbean Trading Company…

Tim Collins
Captain and President

The captain is responsible for fitting out his ship for sea and has 'to use his best endeavors to get the ship manned'. At sea he is responsible for the ship and for all on board. The powers of the captain are great and his crew will follow wherever he leads.

Lucy Villegas Collins
Creative Director and First Mate

The First Mate is the officer who ranks just below the Captain of the ship and takes over in the event that the Captain can no longer perform his duties.

With years of creative experience, Luz drives the creative juices of the company to greater and daring heights. Always on the lookout for new looks and design trends, she effortlessly combines these elements to create elegant tropical designs full of whimsy and fun.

Meghann Hawes
General Manager and Pilot

Typically the pilot works with the navigator and captain to pilot the ship over the water. The pilot needed to know such aspects as the ship's draught (how deep she sat in the water) how wide the ship was and how sharply she could turn. In shallow waters, the crew would take soundings (checking the depth of the water) and it would be up to the pilot to either steer the ship or sometimes stand at the bow and relay orders back to the man at the helm which way to steer the ship.

As General Manager, Meghann works in partnership with the clients and the crew to determine the direction of the crew and ship, making sure that elements are available to provide for a terrific experience and sounding out new items and ideas!

Victor Vidal
Accounting and Boatswain (Bosun)

The Bosun was in charge of a ship’s anchors, cordage, colors, deck crew and the ship’s boats, and would also be in charge of the rigging while the ship was in dock.

In charge of Accounting, Bosun Victor works to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are in place and accounted for so that the crew and ship can embark on their next voyage!

Karla Medina
Sales and QuarterMaster

QuarterMaster was used to describe a leader of certain section. Thus the master gunner is the person in charge of the guns (artillery, now pistols), the Master Rigger would be in charge of fixing the ships rigging, a Master carpenter, would be the top carpenter. Under these "masters" would be a series of mates.

Involved in our Wholesale and Retail Sales, Karla works with our clients and customers, overseeing their gifting needs, ensuring that all necessary items are available, of good quality, and produced in an efficient and ship shape manner!

Nitza Montes
Sales and Rigger

The rigger was assigned aloft to work the running rigging and to furl/release the sails.  Due to the height at which they worked, this was a job that involved careful attention to detail and a need for balance.

As our sales associate in the Company Store, Rigger Nitza is the face of Caribbean Trading to our customers in the store.  Known for attention to detail and her ladder work, Nitza ensures that all sails are working properly.

Francheska Quinones
Sales and Lookout

The Lookout mans the crow’s nest and uses a telescope or binoculars to gaze out at the horizon, ever alert for approaching ships and land masses.

As our sales associate in the Company Store, Lookout Francheska is the face of Caribbean Trading in our stores.  As a traveling position, she is ever alert for roadblocks and land masses and as a photography enthusiast, is always on the lookout for scenes and events to share with our fans online.

Bernard and Patrick Collins
Cabin Boys

The cabin boys were typically young boys sent to sea. As an apprentice of sorts, they were expected to learn all aspects of the maritime trade.

As sons to the captain and first mate, these cabin boys are still too young to be official apprentices, but they are consulted on various matters; particularly taste testing new snacks for our baskets and recommending new children's items for our Retail locations!


The Crew at Work

The crew at work. On course to preparing special gifts just for you and your important guests!

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