Published: December 12, 2012
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Despite an afternoon downpour, the West Indian Co. Ltd. celebrated 100 continuous years in the Virgin Islands at the WICO dock on Tuesday afternoon. WICO officials, including current President and CEO Joe Boschulte, and Ed Thomas, the first native president, who served for almost 20 years, as well as Lt. Gov. Gregory Francis and V.I. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, remarked and congratulated the company.
The West Indian Co. was founded in 1912 by a consortium of Danish businessmen led by N.H. Andersen of the East Asiatic Company specifically to assist Denmark in bolstering the Danish West Indies economy.
The majority of more than 23 million cruise passengers who have visited St. Thomas since 1994 have disembarked at the WICO dock.
WICO has an eight-member board of directors and a staff of 76 employees.
Because of the inclement weather, a free jazz concert in Havensight featuring Spectrum Band was postponed and will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight.