Tag: World War I

Seeking Info About Bahamians Who Served in World War I

I received an email today from a gentleman who’s working with the Bahamas Branch of the British Legion to produce a tribute to Bahamians who served in World War I. The piece, which will commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the first World War, will be published as a special supplement in the Nassau Tribune this November.

Seeking Information About Bahamians Who Served During World War I

The Gallant Thirty – the first thirty Bahamians who volunteered to serve as part of the British West Indies Regiment during WWI.

If any of your Bahamian ancestors served during the first World War, or you’ve got photos or other information that might be of value to those producing this tribute, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with them. Thanks!

September 3, 1932: The Calm Before the Storm

It’s unclear whether New Plymouth’s Loyalist settlers had remarkable foresight or just good fortune. Either way, the tiny settlement was well-situated to capitalize on a series of economic opportunities and by the early 1900s, New Plymouth was a vibrant, prosperous town of 1,500 residents. On September 3, 1932, however, these residents had no inkling of the terror and misfortune lurking beyond the horizon.

Settlement Creek Waterfront Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
Settlement Creek Waterfront, New Plymouth (Prior to 1932)
Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

In the mid-1800s, Green Turtle Cay’s proximity to major shipping lanes east of the Abaco barrier reef made it the wrecking capital of Abaco. At one point, says Steve Dodge in Abaco: The History of an Out Island and its Cays, more than twenty wrecking schooners and forty fishing vessels were based in New Plymouth.

When the U.S. Civil War stifled the trade that necessitated shipping, locals turned to cultivating and exporting pineapples which, by the late 1800s, were the mainstay of New Plymouth’s economy.

Unfortunately, the cay’s soil was soon exhausted, fruit often spoiled due to weather-related shipping delays, and U.S. pineapple imports diminished with that country’s acquisition of Hawaii. But the economic gap created by Green Turtle Cay’s waning pineapple industry was soon filled.

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