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Man O’ War Cay, the island just north and west of Elbow Cay, commemorated its boat building heritage and heroes Saturday with the dedication of this memorial.

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Some of the boat building heroes were present, many named Albury.

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Politicians spoke and locals told stories of long ago.  Boats are still built on Man O’ War and the skills are being passed on.  Here is a newly built Abaco dinghy which was launched as part of the dedication.

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Rough Waters, an early MOW-built racing sloop, sailed in the harbor.

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Boat building tools from the early days were exhibited – many still in use today.

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And Man O’ War built boats were on display, including the Abaco Rage.

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We were invited to help sail Rage up to MOW and back!   What fun.   We joined a great group and sailed out of the harbor on a broad reach up to MOW – no tacking or jibing, just a leisurely ride.   We sailed right into the MOW harbor and up to the dock with just a push or two from a couple of runabouts.  After the festivities and a delicious lunch at the Dock n’ Dine, the wind had clocked around and we had a relaxing broad reach back to Hope Town.

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With not much wind and a brutally hot sun, we put our feet in the water to cool down as we floated along.  It works.

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Is the Sea of Abaco gorgeous or what?

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A perfect day.

P.S.   Here is the opening line to the Bahamian National Anthem:  “Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland.”

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3 thoughts on “MOW Boat Builders’ Memorial

  1. still in charlottesville visiting son joe and building grandson a treehouse. get home to twin lakes in cheboygan on april 12–ice should be out by then and i can get my pontoon and houseboat (african queen) back in the lake.

    leonard

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