Feb 22, 2011
Friday, March 25 - We left with "Dibs on This" on a rising tide at 10:15 a.m. bound for Green Turtle Cay. We had some 3-5 foot swells in the Whale Cay passage, but no breaking seas. The wind was on the nose so we motored and pulled into Black Sound on Green Turtle around 1:30 pm and grabbed a mooring ball. It was a sunny very hot day with a nice northeast breeze. We followed the shoreline and the red and green pilings which mark the channel entrance, one of two anchorages with moorings and a couple marinas. Black Sound reminds us of the small fishing villages on the Canadian coast of Lake Huron back when we used to cruise Isis in the late 70's. We took the dingy ashore and Chad rented a golf cart for 2 days and we toured New Plymouth, the village. It's like going back in time. Very quaint and colorful and oh so small. Green Turtle is one of the earliest settlements in Abaco. Many pirates used its two harbors as a hiding place during the 17th and 18th centuries. During the 19th century it was considered the largest city in Abaco because it was the home of many large industries, including the pineapple, wrecking, bootlegging and shark fishing. Also during this time many residents moved to Key West, making the two islands sister islands in 1977. We were in town and ran into Elaine and Bill from Free Spirit who we were docked next to at the Harborage in Stuart. They finally made it down here.