N26 32.65 W76 58.10 - HOPE TOWN
Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
49Trip End May 26, 2009
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The houses are very "cute" and most of them can be rented for the week or longer. I'm not sure anyone actually "lives" in Hope Town as most of the residences are rentals! Elbow Cay is a large island so there are plenty of inhabitants elsewhere!
Many years ago the residents of Elbow Cay made their living off salvaging wrecked vessels that landed on the reefs of Elbow Cay (that we made a distinct point in avoiding!).
There is a funny story in Steve Pavlidis' guide about when a preacher was conducting a service and spied a ship on the reef. His flock had their back to the sea and couldn't see the windfall. The preacher asked the congregation to bow their heads in silent prayer and after a few minutes a few of the members started raising their heads and noticed the preacher was nowhere to be seen, until he was spotted in his boat heading to the wreckage. The next day the congregation turned the altar around so that they had the view of the sea, not the preacher!
The lighthouse was scheduled to be built in 1864 and the Abaconians protested to no avail. This is one of the last three oil-burning, hand-wound lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse keeper climbs the 101 steps to the top every two hours to hand crank the weights that operate the beacon.
The light mechanism sits in mercury and its five bulls-eye lenses focus its kerosene fueled light once every 15 seconds. Faced with modernization, the residents of Hope Town managed to preserve the lighthouse in it's original state.
We will watch the lighthouse light up tonight and toast Tommy - Tim and Dianne's dear friend who loved boating, rum and the Bahamas. We know we would have enjoyed his friendship because of the company he kept. Friends are precious. When friends loose a friend, because we love our friends, we too share in the loss.
Life is precious!