Category: Gillam Bay

Let's Take a Beach Break

It’s been a difficult and emotional week for many of us. I thought perhaps we could all use a moment just to stop and breathe.


I don’t know what it is about the salt air and sea breeze, but the beach (Gillam Bay, ideally) is definitely my go-to place for reflection and relaxation. Where’s yours?

Daily Photo – August 15, 2016

Historic Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Today’s Museum Monday photo shows the settlement of New Plymouth, as well as Black Sound and, in the distance, Pelican and No Name Cays.

Note that at the time this photo was taken, the Gillam Bay point, as we know it, did not exist. Above and to the right of the point is a sandbar, to which my grandmother and other older Green Turtle residents recalled walking at low tide to gather shells. Over time, the land between the point and the bar filled in to create what is now the Gillam Bay point.

This photo is a great reminder of how the shores of the cay ebb and flow over time.

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Daily Photo – April 11, 2016

Gillam Bay Before the Point Was Formed

Photo: Albert Lowe Museum

In honour of the Albert Lowe Museum, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, all daily photos on Mondays during 2016 will be historic images related to Green Turtle Cay or Abaco.

Today’s Museum Monday photo was taken at Gillam Bay before “the point” as we know it today was formed. At that time, the road from town ended at the bottom of the primary school steps, and most people reached Gillam Bay by walking east along the beach at the south side of the New Plymouth settlement.

(For reference, the photographer was standing roughly where the sea wall is today, facing south toward the Abaco Mainland.)

Anyone Know What This Is?

IMG_1555 22Walking with Wrigley one morning at Gillam Bay, I spotted what looked like a fig. Having never seen a fresh fig anywhere in Abaco — let alone on the beach — I took a closer look. Upon inspection, I realized that though the item resembles a fig, it’s in fact very hard, as if it’s made of wood. It’s about 2″ long.

Knowing that “sea beans” are often found on the shores of the cay, I Googled them. And while I learned a lot – did you know there’s an annual International Sea-Bean Symposium focusing on sea beans, drift seeds and other flotsam?! — I couldn’t find any sea beans or drift seeds that looked like this.

Any suggestions as to what this might be?

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