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Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
13-Jan-18 - 04:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Subject: RE: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Emmie: Yes, there's all sorts of maritime small industry in the Bahamas. But not a maritime fleet like New England or Europe. There was a reason for all those wreckers. Tall ships did well to stay off the Bahamas Bank. British foreign office types had to layover in New York. The Bahamas never had a direct connection to England until air travel.

I grew up in the islands living aboard. Grand Bahama, Andros and Abaco mostly. Built my first boats there and qualified at UNESCO-Freeport (scuba) before they had a proper clubhouse.

I will say it's the only place I ever saw a genuine working fire bulgine in the wild. Never had cause to use it so no shantying, thank goodness.