of Devon House Hon. George Stiebel C.M.G.
view of Ferry Inn in 1840 Jamaica
the 1840s George’s father gave him start up capital
to purchase a ship, which he began using to transport cargo
between North and South America. Shortly after he purchased
two additional ships to develop his new business venture in
the West Indies including Cuba where a revolution was in high
gear. He realised that the island would be ideal to undertake
a lucrative gun-trading ring. While he did manage to make
respectable profits from trading guns, he also fell in trouble
with the law for his activities.