Database of over 200 mailboats in Bahamas 1800s to present


Abilin M/V Y 1962 Duisburg, Germany MAN GHH Dock & Schiffbau 430 GRT,  595 SDWT Purchased by Bahamian owners in 1980s Ports of Long Island until around 1998, when she is listed as “detained.” Possibly for sale since August 2013. Capt. Calum Legett believes that the ship was sunk as or on a reef in 2007.
Air Pheasant M/V USS PC 1015 until 1942, then SC-1015, USCG Air Pheasant (WAVR-449) 1945 to 1948 Y 1942 Stamford Connecticut Luders Marine 148 wood 110.8 17 6.5 2 X General Motors engines 1540 21 Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1942). Holding co. Richard Campbell Ltd. Nassau Sold to Erickson brothers for their Morton Salt Company to serve Inagua Replaced the Monarch of Nassau on the San Salvador mailboat run. Also served Fortune Island/Long Cay, Crooked Island and Acklins in the 1950s and San Salvador in the 1970s Anton Lockhart of Ragged Island (1964) Scrapped in 1982 Sister ship to the Drake
Air Swift M/V USS SC-1340 (18 Sept. 1943 to 30 Oct., 1945), USCGC WAVR 471 Air Swift (30 Oct. 1945 to 19 Jan. 1948) No 1943, Keel laid 7 Nov. 1942, launched 18 Sept. 1943, commissioned 4 Dec. 1943 Halesite, Long Island, New York, USA Walter E. Abrams Shipyards, Thomas Knutson Shipbuilding Corp. 134 110’10” 17 6.5 2 diesel engines, 2 propellers 21 Sir George William Kelly Roberts purchased in 1948. Owned under holding company Richard Campbell Ltd. Nassau After the US Navy and US Coast Guard put on the Nassau-Eleuthera mail run  Nassau – Eleuthera mail run before the Bahama Daybreak and past 1950 Jeff Albury wrote that the Air Swift was lost off Six Shilling Channel, between Current Island and Rose Island. Date and circumstances not known, but in 2014 he said his dad showed him wreckage when they were conching in the channel years ago.
Albertine Adoue S/V 1894 Bath, Maine Capt. William Augustus Roberts had the new vessel salvaged off Spanish Cay and built at Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Made from scraps of a larger vessel  60 feet on deck R. J. Anderson Farrington (1926), William Augustus Roberts. Before the Bahamas Captain Nathan K. (or R.) Rich (wife Nellie), and Capt. Hubbard. In Bahamas Captain Hartley Roberts, Captain Osbourne Roberts, Captain Roland Roberts, sons of William Augustus Roberts. Abaco from c.1894 to 1923, replaced by the M/V Priscilla in 1923, nearly lost in a hurricane Long Island Bahamas, 1926, whilst serving Inagua and other islands Hartley Roberts, Osbourne Roberts, Roland Roberts  On Christmas Day 1930 went aground in North Carolina laden with liquor during the Prohibition and was lost The vessel was named for the wife of prominent businessman Bertrand Adoue of Galveston, Texas. This smaller schooner was built from her timbers of a larger wreck, Green Turtle Cay Abaco
Alice Mabel M/V 1923 Abaco Marsh Harbour 47 Wood Schooner, more than one mast, auxiliary motor Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1923). Owned under the holding company Richard Campbell Limited of Nassau Not known which islands the vessel served, though it is safe to assume that Eleuthera was among its ports of call John Carey By 1940 the small ship was no longer listed in mercantile navy lists Named after Sir George William Kelly Roberts’ daughter
Almeta Queen M/V Almeta Queen (motor) & Almeta (sail) No Almeta Queen by J. J. Taylor for “War Supply Ltd.” in Toronto. 17 June, 1942. Almeta 1946. Marsh Harbour Abaco. Another place says: Toronto Benjamin Roberts’ father 81 GT, 120 NT Wood 107.5 10.3 18 Two Hall-Scott gasoline engines, two short masts 1300 Abaco Trading Company Limited, Nassau, NP – believed to be members of the Benjamin Roberts family in Marsh Harbour Abaco Was lauched as the Royal Canadian Navy’s motor launch Q-080. Then a private yacht owned by H. B. Prior in Larchmont, NY Believed by Eldwyth Roberts to have carried freight and possibly mail among the Bahamas as well as crawfish to Florida and freight to and from Cuba. Sherwin Archer of Abaco In August 2007 was sighted in aerial photographs rotting on the River Platte of Argentina Was built for War Supply. Converted to sail in 1946
Anna Patricia US Navy LCI 147 Imperial Lighthouse Service
Arena S/V No Most likely 1890s to 1920s (during the sponging heyday). Another place says 1910 Likely at an Abaco shipyard Wood 50. Another place says c.70 After sponging collapsed was one of last sailing mailboats Abaco-Nassau through the early 1950s Captain Sherwin Archer of Abaco Was a wind driven mail boat
Athelqueen To and from Hope Town to visiting ships British tanker Athelqueen sunk by Italian submarine off Hope Town in 1942 The boat was a gift from officers, featured in a painting by renown Abaco artist Alton Lowe
Augusta Justina 19 William H. Hanna of Long Bay, Crooked Island (1868 )
Autogo S/V 1952 75 Charles Sawyer, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Freight and passengers on a per-trip basis Nassau – Abaco Capt. Charles W. Sawyer Retired from service about 1952 due to lack of profitability
Bahama Land M/V Black Creek until 1955 1955 Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA Walker Marine 184 Steel 83 Dantzler Navigation. Began in US Gulf Trading as a mailboat in March 1975 Was built as a fishing vessel
Bahama Mama / Alhucemas M/V Alhucemas 2009 3,520 DWT, 20,238 GRT Steel 508 79 23 Spanish flag, to Canary Islands in Spain Served the Balearic Islands, possibly Canary Islands, in the Med/Spain Baleària Group of Spain Replaced the smaller M/V Pinar del Rio, 244′ long, 86′ beam, catamaran on the Fort Lauderdale – Freeport Grand Bahama run in Feb. 2015
Bahama Trader M/V Before 1973 Wood 90 A.C.L. Limited, Nassau
Bahamas Celebration M/V 1981 35,855 GT, 3,210 DWT Steel 677 87.75 Bahamas (was St. Kitts Nevis until recently) Celebration Cargo Line Starting in about 2014 began offering service from Palm Beach to Freeport Grand Bahama
Bahamas Daybreak M/V
Bahamas Daybreak II M/V
Bahamas Daybreak III M/V No 110 Theophilus Sutart of North Eleuthera (Nassau “Tribune” of Feb. 10, 2006) At latest check serves South Eleuthera (Governors Harbour, Hatchet Bay) leaving Mondays at 5pm, then North Eleuthera (Bluff, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island) leaving Nassau Wednesdays at 5pm Quincy Sawyer and Ashok – a previous master. Moss, now serves with Bahamas Ferries Still operating in April 2014
Bahamas Express M/V Not known but given it is 5 years old is presumed to have had same name 2010 Palatka, Florida St. John’s Shipbuilders 487 GT, 146 NT, 850 DWT 192 38 7 2 X 3412 Caterpillar engines 1440 10 Panama SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caicos Possibly Tony Powell
Bahamian (ex-Firebird, ex-Firequeen, ex-Candace) M/V Yacht Candace, 1882 – 188?, HMS Firequeen 188?-1920, Lighthouse Tender Firebird, 1920-193? No 1882 Candace in Leith England 269 GT 167.8 23.6 12.3 500 From the 1880s to 1930 or so she served the Royal Navy as HMS Firequeen, the flagship of an admiral. Another place says: built as a yacht for a wealthy British “playboy”. raced in France and UK as yacht Candace, then given or sold to the Royal Navy and renamed the Firequeen. Served for 40 years or roughly 1890 to 1930, then assigned to the Bahamas as a lighthouse tender. Owbers were a British aristocrat (Candace), then the Royal Navy (Firequeen) Charles Munro of Nassau Assigned to the Imperial Lighthouse Service in the Bahamas as a lighthouse tender named Firebird. Then Was the inter-island freighter Bahamian for eight years In 1935 the Firebird Captain was W. Moxeley. When she was the Bahamian, Charles Munro her owner, of Nassau was likely the captain.  As the Firebird Cleveland Malone was radio officer. Wrecked just west of Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay), north of Paradise Island (Hog Island), she is now known as the Mahoney Wreck in 25-45 feet of water.
Bailey Town M/V 1946 Bimini 34 GT, 31 NT Wood 46.5 14 6.5 140 Theodore R. Saunders
Barbara Ellen Hannas from Acklins (1911)
Beluga M/V Liifeboat of the Norwegian tanker “O. A. Knudsen” No 1939 Built in Germany along with the mother ship 30 7 Sailed worldwide in the chocks of the O A Knudsen carrying Allied cargoes of oil to beleaguered Britain until March 1942 when sunk off Bahamas. As lifeboat the Knutsen OAS tanker firm in Norway, then Capt. Bethel From Cherokee Sound, Great Abaco to Crossing Rocks, to the south along the island’s windward eastern shore Bethel (according to his son Patrick of Cherokee Sound) March 1942 sunk off Bahamas Made from a life boat
Bentley  Three-masted schooner According to the Lawlors, as a young man George sailed on theBentley under his father before moving to Nassau at the age of 12.
Betty K. M/V No 1938 164 C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco The “motor boats,” as the Duchess [of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, wife of the Governor, formerly King Edward VIII] called them, offered sailings every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in each direction between Nassau and Miami. Before the war, they had sailed from Miami at Noon and from Nassau at 2 pm but [during World War II in the early 1940s] they moved back and forth as cargo offered
Betty K. II M/V FP 391 and Sea Princess 1944 – delivered 30 November 1943 Los Angeles CA United Concrete Pipe Co 579 and 750 SDWT Bahamas C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco From 1944 to 1989 she was named Betty K and flagged to and traded in the Bahamas. Miami FL-Nassau run. Sailing as the “Lady K” in Columbia, South America, 1984-1991 – Broken up on March 31st 1991 according to  From 1980 to 1984 she was named FP 391 – not sure where she traded, flagged. In 1984 she was the Sea Princess.
Betty K. III M/V 1944, delivered November 30, 1943 Barber, NJ, USA New Jersey Shipbuilding 381 GT C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco Miami FL-Nassau run 1944-1969 Became the Deborah K until at least 1983 (Deborah K listed in 1989)
Betty K. IV M/V FS 382, Jekyl AG 135, Jekyl, Jekyl AKL 6, Sea Princess II, Nilo 1944, delivered November 30, 1944 Whitestone, NY USA Wheeler Shipbuilding 492 GT, 792 DWT C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco Became the Honduran-flagged “Hope 1” under Hope Naviera, San Lorenzo in around 1988 and continues under that flag and management Miami FL-Nassau run 1980 – 1988
Betty K. V M/V Toste Jarl, Andre Paul, Atlantis Mariner I, Laila, Laila 1, Ocean Blue 1970, delivered November 30, 1969 Kyrkesaeterora, Norway Vaagen Verft Engineering 815 GT, 790 DWT C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Miami FL-Nassau run 1980 – 1995 Became the Bolivian-flagged “Ocean Blue” after September 2010
Betty K. VI M/V No 1988 Another place says: 2004 Macvanska Mitrovica, Serbia DTSG Sava Shipyard 1,457 GT, 1,070 DWT Panama Manager Betty K Line, Nassau, Bahamas (owners listed at Gull Shipping of Ottersoy, Norway, suggesting that the ship is being chartered into the Bahamas) Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco Miami FL-Nassau run 2004 – present
Betty K. VII M/V No 1979 Haugesund Norway Brodrene Lothe Flytedokken 2,028 GT, 1,250 DWT Panama C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco Miami FL-Nassau run 2006 – present Still plying the route under ownership of the Betty K Line
Betty K. VIII M/V No 1984 Bremen, Germany Lurssen Werft 2,191 GT, 1,492 DWT Avatiu, Cook Islands C Trevor Kelly (Betty K Line). Florida to Nassau and possibly Abaco Since May, 2014 she has been plying the cargo route between Miami, Nassau and Abaco Still plying the route under ownership of the Betty K Line Capable of carrying about 1,500 tons of cargo
Big Yard Express M/V Before 1989 102 Mangrove Cay Andros in 1989
Bimini Cat M/V 1977 187 GT Steel 121 6 Bimini Shipping, LLC, which has a dock facility on South River Drive, Miami FLA to Andros (Driggs Hill), Cat Cay Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Great Harbour Cay Berry Islands, Harbour Island Eleuthera, Nassau, Bimini Possibly Chris Knowles
Bimini Mack M/V 1981 St. Augustine Florida Saint Augustine Marine 207 GT, 350 SDWT Steel 99.9 Bimini Mack Association, Alice Town, Bimini and Bimini Businessman’s Association Alice Town Bimini. something of a cooperative Bimini as a mailboat and passenger carrier from Nassau
Bo Hengy M/V (PRESENT NAME: M/V Red Jet 5) No 1999 New London, Connecticut Pequot River Ship Works 209 GT, 74 NT Aluminium 115 27.5 5 Catamaran hull, powered by MTU engines 4726 Bahamas Bahamas Ferries Limited conveniently situated at Potter’s Cay Docks Red Funnel Group of Southampton UK for service to Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (May 2009) Spanish Wells and Harbour Island’s Dunmore Town, North Eleuthera, daily. Said to include  Moss, formerly skipper of the M/V Bahamas Daybreak III
Bo Hengy II M/V No 2008  540 GT and capacity for 53 tons of cargo Aluminium 135 Cummins engines 25 Bahamas Spanish Wells and Harbour Island’s Dunmore Town, North Eleuthera Said to include  Moss, formerly skipper of the M/V Bahamas Daybreak III Still in operation
Brontes S/V 1921 42 Wood San Salvador, Rum Cay and Exuma Cays up to July 1926 W. P. Syles and Burrows Wrecked and sank on Exuma Cays near Highbourne Cay in a hurricane of late July 1926
Cape Express M/V 2008 St. John’s Shipbuilding St. John’s Shipbuilding 487 GT, 146 NT Steel 190 38 7 3 X Caterpillar 3412 engines 11 Panama Used to be owned by G&G Shipping SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands / ports in Bahamas
Cape Hatteras M/V Yes 1950s US Wood 56 671 General Motors diesel engine  Nathaniel Bruce Taylor, Pirates Well Investments (purchased in 1962). Served Mayaguana from 1962 to 1968 Sold to fishermen in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera Abraham’s Bay Mayaguana (1962 to 1968) Nathaniel Bruce Taylor Sold to crawfishermen in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera in 1968 and used for fishing thereafter, acc. Capt. Eddins Taylor
Capt. Gurth Dean M/V October 13th 1999 Alabama Rodriguez Coden  Ernest Alexander Dean (Jr.) of Sandy Point and Nassau Southern Abaco. Her route takes her to Sandy Point, Moore’s Island, and Bullocks Harbour in the Berry Islands  John Dean As of March 2014 laid up at Potter’s Cay, Nassau NP Bahamas for repairs/out of service
Captain C. M/V 500. Can carry 600 tons of cargo Steel 125 Trading to Ragged Island since the late 1980s. Served Black Point and other Exuma communities from the 1980s to the present, though the present vessel was clearly built in the last decade or so. Recently skippered by Etienne Maycock, Sr.
Captain Dean M/V Begun in 1949 and not launched until February 1951 (it took 2 years to build without elecricity) Sandy Point Abaco Hand-hewn pine, and madeira and dogwood roots 30 feet at the keel, 40 feet on deck 15 5 At first had no engines but relied instead on the Trade Winds to propel her. Perkins diesel installed by Bill Minns of Nassau First in the crawfish, then the mailboat trade from Nassau to the Berry Islands, Sweeting’s Cay (Grand Bahama), Mores Island and Sandy Point, Abaco Ernest Dean and  James Dean (once it reverted to crawfish)
Captain Dean II M/V 1963 Dundas Town (Marsh Harbour) Abaco Johny Albury and Walter Hatcher Built entirely of native woods, 4 X 4 inch with two-inch planking 60 14 5 Two Perkins diesel engines Nassau to Bullock’s Harbour Berry Islands, Sandy Point Abaco, Hard Bargain, Mores Island, and Sweetings Cay Grand Bahama Sherwin Archer In 1968 caught fire and sank between the Berry Islands and Abaco
Captain Dean III M/V 1969 St. Augustine, Florida John Petrudis Wood 90 18 5 Caterpillar engine. wooden hull St. Augustine, Florida Ernest Alexander Dean and sons  In 1973 the vessel was sold to interests in Bimini to provide mail service there Nassau to Bullock’s Harbour Berry Islands, Sandy Point Abaco, Hard Bargain, Mores Island, and Sweetings Cay Grand Bahama Ernest Alexander Dean and sons Sunk on the Mackey Shoal Buoy between Bimini and the Berry Islands (1974)
Captain Dean IV M/V 1974 St. Augustine, Florida St. Augustine Trawlers by Jerry Thompson Wood c.90′ on keel, c.18′ beam 5 A large Caterpillar diesel engine (same dimensions as the Captain Dean III) Ernest Alexander Dean, Sandy Point Abaco Mail and crawfish and conch cargo Nassau, Berry Islands, Abaco. Nassau – Bullock’s Harbour Berry Islands, Sandy Point Abaco, Mores Island, Sweetings Cay Grand Bahama Ernest Alexander Dean and sons c. 1977 ran aground intentionally in sinking condition on the banks near Sandy Point Abaco under the command of John Dean. The crew were rescued by US Coast Guard helicopter.
Captain Dean V M/V 1978 – keel laid Nov. 30 1976, delivered Nov. 30, 1977 St. Augustine Florida, aka St. Augustine Marine Jerry Thompson of St. Augustine Trawler Company, Inc Steel 90 Single Caterpillar engine, Ernest Dean, Sandy Point Abaco Mail to and from Nassau, Abaco, Eleuthera, other islands Ernest Dean,  John Dean, Stanford Curry Sank at the Frederick Street dock in Nassau in a fire that claimed the life of Captain Stanford Curry. Her hulk was sold to Haitian interests.
Captain Emmett Serving Salt Pond, Deadmans Cay and Seymours since 2010.
Captain Fox M/V Yes Before 1998 From Nassau to Governors Harbour and Hatchet Bay in the late 1990s, leaving 1pm on Thursdays, taking six hours and costing $30 each way By the 2000’s this vessel was also not listed as active, and her final fate is unknown.
Captain Johnson Ind. M/V Before 1973 From Nassau in August 1975
Captain Moxey M/V 1998 370 Moxey Shipping Abaco and the Berry Islands. Written in another place as: serves Kemps Bay, The Bluff, Long Bay Cays in Andros generally on Mondays Boycel Moxey, Jr. and Kevin Moxey Still operating in April 2014 named after Captain Hezron Lenox Moxey, a renown boat builder and sloop race. His children became captains in their own right.  Bahamian Sailing Hall of Fame in 1990 and awarded the British Empire Medal in 1997.
Captain Roberts M/V 1945 Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, Eleuthera Earl and Gerald Johnson Wood 111 Fairbanks Morse diesel motor Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1945). Owned under the holding company Richard Campbell Limited of Nassau Nassau to unknown out islands with mail and freight In October 1945, freakish winds destroyed a number of small boats on Harbour Island and the Captain Roberts was wrecked on its maiden voyage. Location of the Captain Roberts’ final resting place is near Great Isaac Light north of the Bimini Islands, suggesting she may have been on her way to or from Florida when wrecked
Caribbean Express I M/V 2000 Palatka, Florida Probably St. John’s Shipbuilders 499 GT, 156 NT, 457 DWT Steel 190 38 7 2 X 3412 Caterpillar engines 1440 Panama SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caicos Possibly Tony Powell
Caribbean Queen M/V None 1945 Nassau & Hog Island (Paradise Island) Bahamas Symonette Shipyards 335 GRT Over 120′ long Single diesel motor & prop Traded between Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean – not necessarily a mailboat Cargo freighter to and within the Bahamas from 1945 – 1961 when wrecked off Cay Sal on Jan 19th 1961 while motoring from Tampa to the DR in ballast.  Sank off Cay Sal Bahamas whilst voyaging Florida to the DR via Old Bahama Channel
Caribe Legend M/V 1993 3,992GT, 5,335 DWT Steel 333 60 Antigua & Barbuda  Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Nassau, NP Bahamas from Florida, as well as other Caribbean ports
Cat Island Princess M/V It exploded in  1969, off  Andros.  Was rescued  by AUTEC vessels.
Cavalier I M/V Cavalier I (so named 1983 – 2003). Presently Island Breeze (2008-present), before that Hydra I (2003-2008). No 1983 Port Hawkesbury, Canada Breton Industrial & Marine 371 GT, 600 DWT 172 36 Previous flags were Belize until 2006 and Panama 2006 – 2008 “Eleuthera” Coral Gables, Florida Traded throughout the Bahamas as required by Cavalier Shipping, part of a Bahamian construction concern Presently named “Island Breeze” and trading in Honduras – as of April 27 2014 the ship was in Miami, Florida
Central Andros Express 62 Mangrove Cay Andros in 1989
Champion II M/V 1986/87 (Capt. Ernest Dean who commissioned her said launched Dec. 1986) Saint Augustine Marine (aka St. Augustine Trawlers) Saint Augustine Marine (aka St. Augustine Trawlers) 22 (it must be more than that) Steel 75 22 6 Twin GM diesel engines Nassau, Bullocks Harbour, Berry Islands, Hard Bargain Mores Island Abaco, Sandy Point, Abaco, back to Nassau Ernest Alexander Dean Still trading as of Aug. 2012, however listed as “dead ship” on Named after the fishing vessel skippered by Capt. Ernest Dean’s father, Capt. James Alexander Dean, 1889-1966
Charm 1898 Acklins 11 Acklins  Philip Hannah There are 2 othes by the same name: Charm, schooner, 1862, Bahamas, 10, R. H. Sawyer, Nassau and Charm, schooner, 1901, Harbour Island, 13, William Roberts, Harbour Island
Christine D. M/V Before 1975 Nassau to unknown Bahama Islands in August 1975 (as mailboat)
Christopher Dean M/V 1980 Shimizu, Japan Miho Shipyard 548 NT, 1,827 GT, 2,500 DWT Steel 297 56 16 1950 13 Panama King Maritime Group, Mr. (Christopher) Dean King CEO, Fort Pierce, Florida. (No relation to the Dean mailboat family of Sandy Point Abaco). Brought freight and presumably passengers between ports in the US, Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean islands Still operating but presently in Florida pending sale
Church Bay M/V Royal Navy minesweeper, HMS MMS 194  12 November 1942 Nassau and Hog Island Symonette Shipyards By 1952 was owned by the Three Bays Corporation Owned by Oscar Johnson, MP for Cat Island, who denied ownership Earlier serving Freeport, provided mail and passenger service to the island between 1932 Jenkins Roberts Loss by fire in 1973
City of Nassau SS Laura No 1885 Whiteinch, Glasgow Scotland Aitken & Mansel 223 NT, 592 GT Steel 207 26.8 13.2 Compound steam engine 180 London & Southwestern Railway Company, of London, UK Harbour Island – Nassau, presumably other islands Cargo only from 1922, said to have been broken up in 1937, but still listed in 1940. Also rumored to have been lost while boot-legging, but since that was in the 1920s this is not likely.
Clermont M/V c.1950s Nassau Wood 112 Twin General Motors engines A crawfish distributing firm in Nassau, and chartered by Captain Ernest Alexander Dean, Sandy Point Abaco Sandy Point & Mores Island Abaco & Bullock’s Harbour Bimini from Nassau 1962 Ernest Alexander Dean Sank off Hole-in-the-Wall Light, Great Abaco, 1962
Commonwealth M/V Before 1989 96 Nassau to Crooked Island, Acklins, 1989 (as a mailboat)
Content S. M/V Percianna II No 1920 Quincy, Massachusetts J. M. Densmore boatyard Wood 110 Carl Sawyer of R. W. Sawyer in Nassau (purchased in 1936). Was purchased with the name Content and added the “S” presumably for “Sawyer.” For 16 years the yacht served various owners, from a socialite member of the New York Yacht Club named Percy Hance, then a Mr. Spaulding from inland Vermont, then she languished in Miami under the name Content. Northern Bahamas to Miami. Was used to rescue survivors from Cross Harbor Abaco and alsao from Hope Town. Stanley Weatherford of Green Turtle Cay, and Roland Roberts of Eleuthera. Grover Theis Whilst serving as a banana boat in the West Indies she was rammed, sunk by the tug Foundation Aranmore off Cuba in 1946. Was a motor yacht initially
Current Pride M/V 1980 88 GT Wood Eleuthera, from Upper and Lower Bogue, The Bluff, Current Island, and Gregory Town, to Hatchet Bay/Alice Town Patrick Neilly
Current Queen M/V Spanish Rose 1965 Not known, probably Spanish Wells boat builders Wood 64 Purchased in 1965 by brothers Gurney Elon Pinder and Stephen Pinder to serve Spanish Wells In 1977 the brothers sold the vessel, which had been running to and from Spanish Wells for 12 years, to interests in The Current settlement in Eleuthera, who renamed her the Current Queen Trading to Ragged Island. 1965-1977 served Spanish Wells/Nassau, 1977 onward served The Current Eleuthera and Nassau Final fate is unknown
Dart S/V No 1867 Harbour Island 35 Sporting two masts, the schooner was enlarged twice John Saunders Harris of Eleuthera Credited with providing the first regular inter-island mail and freight service, as opposed to those vessels shuttling mail from steam-ship depots on Fortune Island (Long Cay) and Crooked Island to Nassau William James Harris, born 1848 on Harbour Island Lost in a hurricane in 1922
Deborah K II 1965 348, 474 DWT Steel Primary link between Marsh Harbour at least and Nassau.
Delightful Castell Rivas Hanna of Pompey Bay, Acklins (1935)
Delmar L. / Captain Delmor M/V Confused as the Captain Delmor in earlier research c. 1970 St. Augustine Florida St. Augustine Shipbuilding. Design by DeJong and Lebet, Inc Steel 82 24 6.5 Powered by a single CM 8 V71 engine 9.5  North Andros between 1970 to the 1980s. Served Kemp’s Bay, Bluff, Long Bay Cay, Driggs Hill, and Congo Town as well as Nassau and sometimes Florida Not known – was listed as a mailboat in 1975, does not appear in the 1980s
Drake M/V USS PC 541 for Patrol Craft, then USS SC 541 for Submarine Chaser, then USCGS Air Drake (WAVR 418) No 1942 Benton Harbor Michigan Robinson Marine Construction 136 Steel 110.9 17 6.5 Twin 1,540-bhp GM motors of 16-184A diesel variety, two propellers 1540 21 Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1956 (one place written as 1942)). Owned under the holding company Richard Campbell Limited of Nassau Built for the US Navy as USS PC 541, a patrol craft. After serving in the navy the vessel went to the US Coast Guard between 1945 and 1948 when it went to a New York fishing company until 1954 then the Crosland Fish Company, based in Key West as the Drake. Launched 11 April 1942 by US Navy, sold to US Coast Guard 31 October, 1945, sold by them on 2 February 1948 Nassau, Rum Cay, and San Salvador in the southeastern Bahamas Not known in Bahamas, but in the US Navy by Lt. Junior Grade Oscar L. Otterson, US Naval Reserve A vessel of similar dimensions but named “Bahamas Drake” is listed as having wrecked and sunk off the Exuma chain on the 29th of December 1968. Probably this was the Drake.
Duchess of Topsail M/V Xanthoula, presently M/V Meyers Sesostris in Panama since 2013 No 1974 879 GT, 192 DWT Steel 220.5 44.5 United Abaco Shipping Company Limited, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour Abaco to Florida up to May 2013 In some articles the M/V Duchess of Topsail was referred to as a sister ship to M/V Duke of Topsail, however the latter is clearly a much larger vessel and not identical.
Duke of Topsail M/V Duke of Norfolk 1972 2,262 GT, 1,450 DWT Steel 237.5 46 San Lorenzo, Honduras United Abaco Shipping Company, Limited, Marsh Harbour Abaco According to the home site, the ship can carry palletized freight, 20′ containers, 40′ containers, and reefer, or refrigerated containers. The Ro/Ro ramp enables cars, trucks and boats as well as heavy equipment to be carried.
East Wind M/V May, 2007 Coden, Alabama, USA Rodriguez Coden 498 GT, 395 DWT Steel 177 38.25 7.25 Nassau Bahamas Ferries, Nassau Bahamas, originally owned by Inter-Island Shipping Simms, Long Island, probably Clarence Town as well
Eastern Isle M/V Yes Before 1975 Not known but was not trading in the 1980s so far as is known.
Ego M/V 1943 Abaco 34 GT Wood 52 14.8 6 105 Sir Roland Symonette. Symonette Shipyards Limited, Hog Island / Nassau The Current from Nassau, hauling produce from Eleuthera. Traded to Current for many years, meaning she must have run till the 1960s or 1970s. In fact on August 29, 1975 Ego was listed as an active mailboat in the Bahamas.
Eleuthera Express M/V Wischhafen and Treasure Trader until 1979 1962 Wlhelmahaven Germany Spiekeroog 250 GT and 400 DWT  Junior Pinder In the early 1980s she was sold to a group in Miami who renamed the vessel Rock Sound, Governor’s Harbour, Spanish Wells, and Harbour Island  Junior Pinder Sank between Haiti and Cuba in the late 1980s It is possible that as the Treasure Trader (1978-1979) she traded in the Bahamas as well
Ella Warley SS No 1848 Baltimore, Maryland US 546 NT, 1042 GT Wood 212.6 33.5 21 500 Edwin C. Adderley, Nassau A. G. Swasey in 1862 Featured in the Mercantile Navy List 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 and 1915 One of the largest steam ships owned by Bahamians, to run weapons and supplies to the South during the American Civil War
Emerald Express M/V 2001 St. John’s Shipbuilders St. John’s Shipbuilders 494 GT, 148 NT, 850 DWT Steel 192 38 7 2 X 3412 Caterpillar engines 1440 Panama Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caicos
Emma Tuttle S/V 1859 Le Havre, US 108 Augustus John Adderley (Nassau) Burr in 1860, William Florence in 1863 Listed in the 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, and 1915 Mercantile Navy List
Emmett Cephas M/V 1988 St. Augustine, Florida USA Saint Augustine Marine 142 GT Munson Shipping Company of Nassau Emmett Munroe Ragged Island since 1988 Most likely Emmett Munroe himself, possibly Maycock as well One source says she sank in 2001
Ena K. M/V 1927 Harbour Island 116 Wood 116. Another place says 87.5 22.5 9 Listed as a schooner (later motor vessel). Described as an “auxiliary motor schooner” in the 1920s to 1940s Nassau Ena K. Company Limited, Nassau, Bahamas – Agents Albury & Co. of Nassau Three weekly round trips from Miami to Nassau (no time for inter-island) Charles A. Pettee Still sailing 1968, supplanted by the Betty K. on the Miami-Nassau run
Endion M/V No 1898 Boston 61 GT 90.8. Another place says it was 103 14.1 8.6 Oil-burning engine, propelled by a Fairbanks Morse crude-burning engine Harbour Island Steamship Company (Albert Sweeting, Director, value set at US$7,000), in 1921 to replace the Dart. Was purchased at a public auction. Stint as a US Navy vessel (SP-707) in WWI. Served as USS Endion (SP-707) until stricken from the Navy List in October 1919 and sold E. B. Sweeting, Albert Sweeting, William G. Harris Plied the route until 1939 until replaced by the Lady Dundas – her final fate is unknown It was a private yacht. Her first voyage with the mail contract was on 17 January 1922
Excite 1862 Acklins 4 Acklins  Conrad C. Hanna
Exuma Pride M/V Hjelmeland Fjord, HMS LCG (M) 192 Y 1944 (23 Oct.) UK Tees Side Bridge and Engine Works 199 British reg., 380 displacement steel 150.3 22.1 6.8 Diesel, 2 X Paxmans 1000 11.75 Nassau, NP, Bahamas Exuma Shipping & Transportation Company, Nassau, Bahamas Norwegian 1949-1979:   and UK 1944-1949. In 1946 sold by UK Navy to Leif Storhaug of London and Stavanger, in Southhampton. 1946: AS Jøsenfjorden Ruteselskap , Stavanger. 1976: Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskap , Stavanger. Wrecked half submerged on Crab Cay, North shore, Georgetown, Great Exuma Nassau – Georgetown Exuma, presumably other islands in Exumas in Norway: Johan Kalheim and Johan Warland By 1987 Lloyds scratched her from lists. Abandoned in 1990s and recorded in photos by yachtsmen etc. in Georgetown then on.
F. A. Marie M/V 1915 Georgetown, Cayman Islands 59 GT, 57 NT Wood 57.7 19.6 8 40 William D. Weech, Jr., Bimini
Fiesta Mail M/V 2002 Tianjin, China Xinhe Shipbuilding 2,485 GT, 710 DWT Steel 228 50 11.5 12.5 Bahamas Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (Taylor Corporation and Pirates Wells Investments’ fleet). The owning entity is MailBoat Company Ltd. of Nassau, which is run by Captain Elvin Taylor Carries freight and passengers to and from Freeport, but it calls at Port Everglades Florida as well Limas Taylor Can carry up to 450 passengers between Nassau and the country’s second largest city, Freeport
Gary Roberts M/V There may have been two vessels of the name Gary Roberts, one built 1942 (as sources say her keel was laid on Jan. 7, 1940) and the other built 1957 Harbour Island Earl and Gerald Johnson 59GT, 50 NT Not known, presumably since she was built in Harbour Island, built of wood 66 16.5 7.2 Two masts but was primarily propelled by a 100 horsepower Cooper-Bessemen diesel motor 100 Bahamas Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1940). Owned under the holding company Richard Campbell Limited of Nassau Plied between Nassau and Andros, including Lowe Sound between 1942 and 1978 Said to have been lost, sold or scrapped on October 5th, 1978.
Gleaner Express M/V Yes Before 1973 Nassau to Ragged Island in February and March 1973 (as a mailboat)
Gloria Mangrove Cay Andros in 1989
Goldfinger M/V !940s Wood 104 Imperial Lighthouse Service  Nassau to Andros in the 1970s (as a mailboat), before that was a light house tender under Capt. Everett Roberts of Abaco in the 1960s Everett Roberts of Abaco Sank in a storm on a run to Andros A former lighthouse tender sold for service as a mailboat. Used to be a US Navy submarine chaser, name / designation not known
Grand Master M/V 1983 St. Augustine Florida San Sebastian Marine 214 Presumably members of the Brozogzog family, Nassau Georgetown Great Exuma Lenny H. and Lance Brozogzog, a father-son team, as well as Rolly Gray Still operating in April 2014
Harley & Charley M/V 91 Wood 100 Was proposed for service to South Andros in 1989, though at the time it was serving Eleuthera. It is not known whether it served Andros. In 1989 was serving Governor’s Harbour and Hatchet Bay Eleuthera By around 2000 this vessel no longer showed up on ship lists and databases – fate unknown.
Hero S/V Estimated c.1900 Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera Thomas Demeritte Wooden two-masted schooner Presumably Thomas Demeritte since he built her  Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera from Nassau to 1926 and beyond Appears to have survived the hurricanes of 1926 and beyond. No longer in service since at least the early 2000’s Rescued survivor Napoleon Rolle of the Mountain King off Crooked Island 1926
Inagua Trader 350 158 West India Transports, Limited of Matthew Town. Construction equipment and personnel and possibly salt from the salt industry on the island which was run for many years by Morton Salt.
Iris Star M/V 1935 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Benjamin Roberts’ father 22 GT, 24 NT Wood 50 15 6.5 40 Rupert W. Roberts, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Mostly a crawfish boat which transported crawfish to Florida, but carried freight and possibly mails in the off season to locations such as Georgetown, Exuma. Sunk off Nassau while carrying freight to Exuma
Island Breeze M/V 1983 371 GT, 600 DWT Steel 171.5 36.3 6 Honduras Bimini Shipping, LLC, which has a dock facility on South River Drive, Miami 20 Bahama Islands from Florida to Andros (Driggs Hill), Cat Cay Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Great Harbour Cay Berry Islands, Harbour Island Eleuthera, Nassau, and both North and South Bimini Possibly Chris Knowles
Island Link M/V No 2004 (July) Caboolture, Australia South Pacific Marine Construction 443GT, 200 DWT Owners are listed as Munson Shipping of Bank Lane and managers as Bahamas Searoad of Potter’s Cay West. Another place says it is Emmett Munroe Salt Pond, Deadman’s Cay Long Island, George Town, Exuma  Jed Munroe Stiill operating in April 2014
Island Spirit M/V Before 1985 Nassau to unknown Bahama islands (as a mailboat)
Island Trader M/V Estimated c.1980 Steel 140 Bahamas Presumably Gerald Stuart and Gregory Stuart, both listed North Eleuthera c.2000 to c 2008 Possibly Gerald Stuart, Applicant for the vessel’s license in 2006
Isle of June M/V 1926 Harbour Island, North Eleuthera Edward Robert Wood 83 Stteam propelled with auxiliary sail Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Kelly Lumber company of Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Nassau with mail, passengers and freight from Miami up to 1938 Richard H. Sweeting, Frank Johnson,  W. H. Wheeler (1926 – 1928 shot himself on board). Taken off the Miami run in Sept. 1938, replaced by the Betty K. and the Monarch of Nassau. By 1940 she was not listed in the British Mercantile Navy List of Steamers.
Isoceles S/V Shamrock IV (? unconfirmed) 80 Wood Potentially/originally Sir Thomas Lipton of Lipton Tea fame Sunk in Nassau in July 1926 in a hurricane, ultimately broken up 1930
Ival S/V 1938 Andros 22 Wood Rupert E. Bowleg of Nicolls Town, Andros Traded on charter to third parties within the Bahamas and at least as far as Cuba, probably the US
Jean Brilliant M/V 1935 Newcastle, England UK Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson yard 640 GT 169 29 Clarke Steamship Company From Gulf of St. Lawrence ports and Newfoundland, Canada, 1935 ad 1942 Gulf of St. Lawrence ports and Newfoundland, Canada, 1935 ad 1942 William Tremblay
K.C.T. M/V No 2012 165 Powered by Mitsubishi engines rated 630 hp at 1,600 rpm 630 Thomas Hanna under either the Ro-Ro or Carib-USA brands Fresh Creek and Central Andros, spending Wednesday to Saturday there and Sunday to Tuesday in Nassau. She has also served Acklins at $90 each way for a 26-hour voyage every ten days Thomas (Tom) Hanna Is a stern-loaded ro/ro vessel
Kate Sturrup S/V 1890 Harbour Island 51 Henry William F. Sturrup Arnold Ingraham Forty years later left the Bahamas permanently for Jamaica. Delivering members of the Third Bahamas Contingent on the first leg of their long journey to Europe to fight in the First World War
Lady Blanche M/V 97 In the late 1980s the boat served the Exumas – perhaps longer Not known but no longer in service
Lady Cordeaux M/V No 1922 Milford, Delaware, USA 275 Wood 115.9 28.6 10.3 The Bahamas Government, Nassau, N.P Possibly Mr. J. O’Brien Was a government tug
Lady D. M/V 1992 Fresh Creek, Staniard Creek, Stafford Creek, Behring, Blanket Sound, and Browne Sound, Central Andros Prince Munroe Demise at Potter’s Cay Dock Nassau, summer, 2014, fall 2016 removed
Lady Dundas M/V No Spring 1939 Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, Eleuthera – believed by Berlin T. & Harry Albury Designed by Harbour Island resident, American ship designer Lawrence Huntington 97 NT, 115 GT, Capacity of 80 tons of freight 92 (also described as 82.7” long, perhaps on the waterline) 19.5 9.3 Two-spar rig (schooner?). Fairbanks-Morse engine of 150 hp 150 10 Harbour Island Steamship Company Limited, Harbour Island, Eleuthera Replaced M/V Endion and S/V Dart, both of which Captain Harris had commanded. Serviced Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, from Nassau, but also plied the route to Cat Island and perhaps other islands, according to Benedict Thielen, December 1964 In the 1970s owned by the Lady Dundas Limited, of which Mr. Basil Butler was a shareholder in 1974 (see below) Harbour Island with passengers and freight William G. Harris and Roy William Smith, Esq.   In June 1974 was arrested by Haitian authorities on suspicion of smuggling Namded for wife of Governor Sir Charles Cecil Farquharson Dundas (1884–1956) Huntington’s descendant Lawrence Huntington from Long Island, NY became NYYC Commodore
Lady Eddina M/V  Stonewall Jackson until 1995 1969 Moss Point Mississippi, USA VT Halter Marine 270 GT Steel 50 13 11 Owned by the Taylor family and operated by Pirates Well Investments. Used to be owned by Offshore Logistics Services, Inc. Mostly in the US Gulf for offshore work. Joined the Bahamas mailboat fleet in 1995. Served Bennett’s Harbour, Arthur’s Town, Orange Creek and Dumfries between 1995 and roughly 2000 Possibly E. B. Taylor No longer sailing in Bahamas, listed as “dead ship” on
Lady Emerald M/V 2003 Chauvin Louisiana 464 GT, 300DWT G. M. Patton of Nassau Rum Cay, San Salvador and Cat Island Bill Williams As of March 2014 laid up at Potter’s Cay, Nassau NP Bahamas for repairs/out of service
Lady Eula M/V c.1978 St. Augustine, Florida Jerry Thompson of St. Augustine Trawler Company Inc 149 Wood 90 Single Caterpillar engine Ernest Dean’s son John took over running her to Andros, Freeport and Cat Island. Dean sold to interests in Cat Island Freeport, Andros and North Cat Island between 1978 and 1981 John Dean, Ernest Dean Navigational error, run aground on San Salvador and pummeled on the coast (c.1981)
Lady Francis (Frances) M/V 1989 Houma, Louisiana 154 Rum Cay and Salvador as well as Black Point Exuma Patton
Lady Kathreina M/V 2005 Chauvin, Louisiana Russell Portier Shipyard 276 GT, 337 DWT Steel 122.75 30.5 Bahamas Mangrove Cay and Fresh Creek, in South Andros  King Still actively sailing in the Bahamas
Lady Margo II M/V Frankie Lynn 1971 Bayou La Batre, Alabama Master Marine 127 Most likely a commercial fishing vessel in the US Gulf before the Bahamas. In the US her original owner was Walter R. Hicks Listed in a travel guide as serving Andros in the mid-1990s No longer in service May 2014
Lady Mathilda M/V Yes 1998 Chauvin, Louisiana Russell Portier Shipyard Steel 135 (earlier was  110) Twin engines Nathaniel Bruce Taylor – Pirates Well Investments Ltd. Nassau, and four other shareholders according to the Tribune March 18, 2008 Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua and Mayaguana  Matthew Town, in southern Bahamas (since 1998) Nigel Davis Dec 2010 minor fire while at Potter’s Cay Dock, Nassau, and on October 16, 2012 her crew fished an errant car from the harbor – its occupant was not found
Lady Moore 80 Sunk off Nichols Town, Andros as an artificial reef. In 1976 the substitute mailboat to Rum Cay was named in one study as the Lady Moore
Lady Rosalind M/V 1967 Lockport, Louisiana. Another article says it was built in Mississippi Bollinger ship yards 233 GT. Another article says it is 391 GT. 158 NT Steel 156 38 12.6 Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (purchased in 1987). Pirate’s Well Investments Southern Bahamas, Abraham’s Bay Mayaguana (1987 to present). Serving North Andros since roughly 1990 Limas Taylor 1997 the vessel struck a rock and was damaged beyond repair
Lady Rosalind I M/V John F. Walker, Jr., G. W. Pierce,  Fugro I,  G. W. Pierce,  Offshore Venture, OMS Maverick 1987 Chichasaw, Alabama Halter Marine 391 GT Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (purchased from sellers in Texas in 2002) North Andros from Nassau Willie Wilson and V. H. Black
Lady Rosalind II M/V 2006 Chauvin, Louisiana Portier Shipyard 498 GT 198 43  Pirates Well Investments and managed by E. B. Taylor Morgans Bluff, North Andros, Nichols Town Eddins Taylor and  Gifford Johnson and  V. H. Black Still serving in April 2015
Lady Tasha / Abastash M/V Abastash Yes Before 1973 Serving Mayaguana, Crooked Island and Acklins Island Believed to have sunk off Northern Potter’s Cay Dock, Nassau, in the 2000’s, Fall 2016 Bahamas Ferries cleanup raised and tied to Arawak Cay towed and sunk Listed by Bahamas government August 1975
Legacy M/V No 2002 Coden, Alabama, USA Rodriguez Coden 485 GT, 600 NT steel 160 36 Bahamas Dean’s Shipping Limited of Nassau Listed as serving Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Nassau on a weekly basis Ernest Dean Jr.
Legend II M/V September, 2006 Coden, Alabama, USA Rodriguez Coden 488 GT, 545 DWT Steel 181 38.2 6  3 X Caterpillar engines 1200 11 Bahamas (flagged to Panama) Dean Shipping Company Limited, Nassau, Bahamas – most likely an offshoot of the Capt. Ernest Dean family which has owned dozens of vessels in the Bahamas since the 1940’s. Bimini Shipping, LLC, which has a dock facility on South River Drive, Miami Through Bimini Shipping offers service to 20 Bahama Islands from Florida to Andros (Driggs Hill), Cat Cay Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Great Harbour Cay Berry Islands, Harbour Island Eleuthera, Nassau, and both North and South Bimini Possibly Chris Knowles Still in service April 2015 but for sale
Liberty M/V Probably either 1943, 1941, or 1946 thereafter, based on years they built other boats Earl & Gerald Johnson of Harbour Island 45 Mail route Nassau – Spanish Wells & Eleuthera – appears to have traded Andros, Fresh Creek in southern Andros per Eddie Spurgur and photo
Liberty M  Probably 1955 to 1965
Lisa J. M/V Ellen Soby from 1960 to 1973, then Runden until1999 Yes 1960 Marstal, Denmark H. C. Christensen’s Staalskibvaerft 347 Steel 116. another places says it was 123.4 27.75 8.6 MaK diesel engine 12 Owned by North Andros Shipping Company Limited Served the communities of Soby and Faaborg, Sejero and Havnsoe. From 1999 intended for the route from Naples Italy to Procida, in the Adriatic, sold to the North Andros Shipping Co. Ltd. sailed across the Atlantic in July After 2005 she was sold on to Honduran owners The route was from Nassau to North Andros, namely Nicholl’s Town, Mastic Point and Morgan’s Bluff, departing Wednesday evenings. Began its career shuttling school children and others between the islands of Denmark in the 1960s.
Lisa J. II M/V Schokland 1952 Netherlands 298 GRT 143.5 24.5 10 8.5 Schokland from 1952 to 1985 Bowleg and Adderley
Madam Elizabeth Rolle M/V 1954 70 John Newton, Lowe Sound, Andros Andros freight, unconfirmed mail John Newton
Mal Jack M/V 1983 172 GRT Jack Andrews of MalJack or Mal-Jack Construction Towed Freeport to Roatan 2006 –  in May 2006 sold to Mr. Murillo in Honduras Kemp’s Bay, Long Bay Cays and the Bluff, South Andros On April 27, 2001 was grounded in Andros or “Hatchet Bay”.
Mangrove Cay M/V Reads as Mangrove Cay Express II in one article 72 Reverend Herbert King Andros between roughly 1988 and 1995. Also served Mangrove Cay and Lisbon Creek Andros
Marcella M/V Marcella I No 1969 Saint Augustine, Florida Wood 90 Nathaniel Bruce Taylor  Mayaguana and nearby Andros from Nassau during a long career which lasted nearly 20 years. Served Freeport from roughly 1985 to 2007 Nathaniel Bruce Taylor and his son Eddins Bruce Taylor Burnt in Salt Pond, Long Island in 1986 Was a cargo boat.
Marcella II M/V Yes 1956 Busum, Germany Busumer Schiffswerft 298 GT Steel 170  Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (purchased in 1987) Traded coastwise from Germany 1956-1980s when she served Freeport from Nassau Eddins Taylor Badly damaged in 1988 in a storm and became an artificial reef off Long Island Was the first steel-hulled mail boat owned by black Bahamians
Marcella III M/V Jade No June 2, 1959 Neue Jadewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany 364 GT, 480 DWT 130 9.2 8.5 Purchased by the Taylor family in Germany in 1981 Sold to Haitian buyers in 2007. renamed Miss Eva, sold her to Bolivian interests c.2009 and motored south to that country, on the southeast coast of South America, where she is believed to be trading as the Michelda. Freeport from Nassau for many years, leaving Wednesdays at 4 pm. (2007-2009) Limas and Eddins Taylor Has been trading in Europe, the Bahamas and South America for 57 years under different names, and is believed to be still sailing today – in Bolivia
Margaret Rose S/V 1951 Nassau Wood 45 Sloop-rigged and had a Perkins diesel engine Ernest Dean of Abaco c.1953 Sandy Point & Mores Island Abaco & Bimini from Nassau Ernest Alexander Dean Sold and replaced by the Clermont
Mary 1866 Acklins 14 Acklins William H. Hanna There have been 18 other boats with the same name
Mary Jane S/V No 1853 41 Wood Owned by a Harbour Islander named John Cleare In the 1860s: carried the mail and passengers from Dunmore Town and Spanish Wells to Nassau. She held the mail, cargo and passenger route to Harbour Island, with stops in Spanish Wells, 1870 Dart replaced her Broken up in Nassau in 1900 Was financed by a joint stock company, with half the funds raised in Nassau and the other half in Harbour Island
Mia Dean M/V 146 Believed to be the Dean family of Sandy Point, Great Abaco Has been serving southern Long Island, Cat Island, and including Clarence Town since about 1990 Still operating in April 2014
Minnie Gordon S/V 1861 Pictou, on the River John, Nova Scotia, Canada 322 Wood  Bahamian Silvanus Bethel (from 23 March, 1865 to at least 1915) Peter Crerar Thomas Archibald MacKenzie (pre-1870), Miligorm (Meligerm?) in 1882 Listed in the 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, and 1915 Mercantile Navy Lists
Miranda M/V Geulborg (1966 – 1977), Paradise Express (1996 – 1999), El Compa (1999 – 1999), Gilbert Sea (1999 – 2002) 1966 Delfzijl, Netherlands Geulborg by Sander Gebroeders 399 GT Steel 176 Another palce says 76!! 28.5 9.2 Single Caterpillar engine, single shaft and single propeller. 450 9.5 Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (purchased in 1977) Wagenborg Shipping in Netherlands, then after the Taylors from 1977 to 1996 the Cia Naviera Nautilus S De Rl, San Lorenzo of Honduras, then the Gilbert Shipping Corporation of San Lorenzo, Honduras. 1996 the Taylors sold her to Haitian owners and renamed the Paradise Express until 1999, when a Honduran company purchased her, with the name El Compa. From 1999 she was known as the Gilbert Sea, owned by the Gilbert Shipping Corp. of San Lorenzo, Honduras. Traded from Miami to Turks & Caicos and Exumas as well as Long Island Robert “Bob” Garroway from St. Vincent. Rolly Gray. In 2002 the ship was towed to sea 1.5 miles from Palm Beach Inlet and sunk as an artificial reef  after being impounded in the Miami River as a drug smuggling ship or lost off Hope Town on April 6th, 1975″. The name “Guelborg” is consistent with the narrative given by owner Capt. Eddins Bruce Taylor, who said she was built around 1966 in Holland and that her original name had the word “gold” in it.
Miss Andros M/V twin screw Launch was at Nichols Town North Andros c. 1972 Andros 140 Andros, 1964 Never passed survey in Nassau for service, broken up or rotted.
Miss Beverley 1975, was serving Andros as a mailboat.
Miss BJ M/V Sambre, Jeleta 1965 Wirdum, Netherlands Apol A., Scheepswerf C.V., shipyard 330 GT Steel 152 24.9 8.5 335 9 Between 1990 and 1999 was owned by Trans-Bahama Shipping Ltd., possibly also Mail & Ferry Services M.V.B.S Served European coastal ports and rivers from 1965 – 1973 under the ownership of Kamp’s Scheepvaart En Handelsmaatschappij, N.V., of Groningen, Netherlands Nassau to unknown Bahama Islands (as mailboat) After lying unclaimed for a time at Prince George Dock, the ship was deliberately scuttled off Nassau on 22 June 1999. a dive site off the coast of Atoll Cay NE of Nassau
Miss Juanita M/V Yes 1944 CLEVELAND OH, U.S.A. STADIUM BOAT WORKS 298 GT (200 NT?) Bahamas South Eleuthera Shipping Company In the 1970s was listed as a mailboat in service in Bahamas and M/V Miss Juanita II was on the paperwork of the Ministry of Transport (citation below). Believed to have supplied produce ports like Hatchet Bay, Governor’s Harbour, Rock Sound Not known, but no longer trading in the late 1990 Research/survey vessel
Miz Desa / Mia Desa M/V Before 1973 Nassau to Abaco ports of Marsh Harbour,Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Hope Town (as mailboat) Not known however no longer trading in since 2012 or so
Monarch of Nassau M/V 1930 Cheshire, England Sold in 1951 to Carl Sawyer Purchased by the Monarch Line, owned by Sir George Roberts Cat Island in the 1930s and 40s, and is credited with taking Father Jerome Hawes, the Hermit of Cat Island, to his new home . In 1942 she was serving San Salvador when she rescued 30 officers and men from the Greek ship Cygnet, which had been torpedoed by the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli within sight of Dixon Hill Light.
Mountain King S/V Before 1926 Port Howe, Cat Island Reverend James Smith Wood Rev. James Smith of Port Howe, Cat Island Cat Island from Nassau up to end July 1926 Elliston Bain & First Mate. Relief captain Napoleon Rolle Lost in a hurricane in 1926 off Little San Salvador because captains disagreed over seeking shelter from the storm
MSC Bahamas M/V 1998 4,107 GT, 5,183 DWT Steel 332 53.5 Ireland (Cork) Believed to be shuttling cargo to/fro Bahamas for MSC since 1998 when built. Is the third MSC ship of this name since the 1991 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Italy Shuttles containers from Freeport to Lauderdale & Nassau MSC named as is dedicated to moving cargo from MSC’s huge hub in Freeport to and from Florida and Nassau.
Munamar SS 1915 Sparrow’s Point, Maryland aka Maryland Steel in Baltimore MD Bethlehem Steel 3,477 GRT, 7,500 tons displacement 370 45 30 Munson Steamship Line Nassau and possibly other islands like Long Cay with international mail Sold in the early 1930’s when traffic declined following the depression
Munargo SS No 1921 New York Shipbuilding Corporation New York Shipbuilding Corporation Munson Steamship Line Served Nassau and possibly other islands like Long Cay with international mail Sold in 1938 due Great Depression. Converted to a troop carrier then a hospital ship for US Army
Nassau Moonglow M/V Before 1973 Believed to have been wooden 72 Spanish Wells Shipping Company, Spanish Wells Eleuthera Not known, perhaps the fishing industry in the US Gulf or US East coast Harbour Island and Spanish Wells Eleuthera in March 1975 Was a shrimper (fishing vessel) hull
Nassau Packet Sailed a number of times during 1799 between Nassau and Charleston
Nassauvian SS J. W. Somerville 1919  Pocomoke City, Maine, USA 632 GT, 347 NT 160.2 35.2 12.7 400 Allan Line, owned by Allan U. Johnson, Nassau, agents Albury & Co. Nassau and Miami From at least 1923 connected Miami with Nassau on a regular run
Nay Dean M/V 91 Wood Dean family of Sandy Point (Captain Ernest Alexander Dean) Northern Long Island since 1985 Ernest Alexander Dean
New Day M/V Sea Salvor from 1943 to 1972 1943 Neponset Massachusetts, USA George Lawley & Son 388 164 Freedom Shipping Company of Nassau Built as a landing craft for the US Navy, original name LCS(L) 120 – 130  Acklins and Crooked Island as a mailboat License up for renewal in 1973 so presumably continued trading into the mid-late 1970s. Cargo ship may have been a salvage tug before (from name)
New G. M/V No 2015 486 GT, 145 NT, 587 DWT Steel 178 Another place says 155 40 10′ (aft) to 6.6′ deep forward 10.5 Panama Thomas Hanna. Officially it is the Consolidated Marine Group located in the United Building, Soldier Road, Nassau It is a relief ship on other routes. Also serves the New G. serves North and South Cat Island, arriving in Nassau Monday, taking freight Tuesday, and leaving Wednesday evenings. Thomas (Tom) Hanna Still in operation It is a landing craft type Ro-Ro vessel
New Northland SS 1926 Newcastle upon Tyne Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd 3445. 2,000 DWT 302 47 17 (24.5′ depth) Fom Gulf of St. Lawrence ports and Newfoundland, Canada up to 1927 then from 1931 to 1934. Not sure if she returned to Canada after 1939, presumably. She was laid up for at least 2 years between southern deployments Miami-Nassau run 1927-1931, and then 1935-1939
Noel Roberts M/V BA 2 1943 Symonette Shipyards Earl & Gerald Johnson of Harbour I (brothers – built at least 4 other boats, inc LIBERTY) 180 GT, 141 NT Wood 115 23.3 11.3 180 Launch: Harbour Island in 1943.  – Government Dock in Dunmore Town Noel Roberts Limited, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas. Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1943). Owned under the holding company Richard Campbell Limited of Nassau Built for the Royal Navy in WWII 1948 she is recorded by the Kingston Gleaner as having carried a load of lumber as far as Kingston Jamaica. In 1957 she was on the British mercantile marine lists, and was recorded as still trading in 1961 Likely serviced Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, North Eleuthera Recorded as still trading in 1961. The vessel’s final disposition is not known. According to Jeff Albury her remains lie in shallow water off Six Shilling Channel, between Rose Island and The Current. Served at least 18 years, as is listed in the 1957. named after George and Freda Roberts’ son Noel, who went on to represent Harbour Island in parliament between 1972 and 1977, and then from 1987 to 1997
Nonesuch S/V No 1880 Abaco 21 Wood Had two masts From 1933 to its demise by 1940 owned by Mrs. Mary June Black, Mayaguana. From 1880 – 1900 owned by Mr. Benjamin W. Roberts of Abaco. From 1910 – 1915 owned by Mr. William Henry Edgecombe of Andros. From 1920 – 1933 owned by Mr. James R. C. Young of Nassau Benjamin W. Roberts of Abaco Sold to James R. C. Young of Nassau in 1920 Carry freight and passengers between Nassau and Abrahams Bay and Pirates Well, Mayaguana Eddins Bruce Taylor. Fed. Black, 1933 to 1940
North Cat Island Special 80 Bennet’s Harbour and other Cat Island ports from the mid-1980s to the 2000s. A new vessel named North Cat Island Special II (built 2001) which is believed to have taken over the route.
North Gaspe M/V 1938 Lauzon, P.Q., Canada Davie, George T. Shipbuilding & Repair, Ltd. 888 180 35 18 Steel hull,  propeller From Gulf of St. Lawrence ports and Newfoundland, Canada West India Fruit & Steamship Company, Canada, part of Clarke Steamship West Palm Beach FL-Nassau run 1946-1948 During WWII at least, Alphonse Bégin Sold to the Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador in 1972 – probably in the Galapagos, new name Iguana
North Shore HMCS Lindsay (Royal Canadian Navy) 1943 Midlands Shipyards Limited, Ontario, rebuilt in the UK 1946 368 DWT 203 33 Four-cylinder triple-expansion engine 2750 Clarke Steamship Company (Canada) West Palm Beach FL-Nassau run 1946-1948 Alphonse Bégin, who also served on the North Gaspe
Offshore M/V A vessel or firm at the same time is listed as “Offshore Mail Services” Before 1973 76 Twin-engine, twin-screw Eleuthera Limited, Nassau NP Nassau in March 1975 (as a mailboat)
Old Horseye M/V Patricia K 1930 Berlin Albury at Dunmore Town, Harbour Island 100 GT 87 165 After 1940 John Percy Sweeting of Harbour Island Kelly’s Lumber Yard, and Allan H. Kelly named it for his daughter Patricia
Patricia K. (later Old Horseye) M/V Patricia K 1930 Dunmore Town, Harbour Island T. Berlin Albury 97 GT Wood 74 19 6.6 A mix of both sail and engine power. Powered by a “Jimmy 6.71 engine.” 165 British  Percy Sweeting Originally owned by Kelly’s Lumber Yard, Kelly’s Limited, as it was commissioned by Allan H. Kelly and named after his daughter Patricia Plied mostly between Nassau and Miami, also touching Abaco, Eleuthera. Percy Sweeting in 1956
Pelagic Express M/V Till Bangladesh Ananda Shipyard & Slipways 1,867 GT, 885 NT, 2,339 DWT 266 44 20 1 MAN diesel 2306 12 SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caicos
Peloris M/V No 1945 Bimini 56 GT, 42 NT Wood 58.5 19.5 8 110 William D. Weech, Jr., Bimini
Priscilla M/V Yes 1921 Likely in Abaco or Harbour Island Steel 100 Propelled by a 115-horsepower Fairbanks Morse diesel engine 115  Abaco from 1923 to after 1932 Archer. Son Bobby was the relief captain. Then Hartley Roberts August 1932 destroyed by a hurricane Rumored to have been a racing sail yacht
Richard Campbell M/V 1937 Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas 89 Wood – sailing sloop with an auxiliary motor 85.6 16.3 8 Single-masted sailing sloop with an auxiliary motor Richard Campbell, Limited, Nassau, N.P. (for G. W. K. Roberts Co. Nassau). Sir George William Kelly Roberts (purchased in 1937). Abaco and Miami from Nassau from 1937 to at least 1947 Russell In August 1932 the vessel was “blown ashore and destroyed” during a hurricane
RMS Conway SS No 1846 (refit and re-engined in 1862) Northfleet William Pitcher 895 GT Wood 215 35 16 Two paddle wheels. Oscillating 2-cyl engines 260 West India Mail Company – dedicated to the West Indies mail service 1846-1867, or at least 1852-1867 wrecked Nassau and Inagua with international mail from UK, Jamaica, US Destroyed in St. Thomas US Virgin Islands in October 1867, scrapped in 1870.
RMS Derwent SS No 1849 794 GRT Wood Paddle wheel propulsion (steam) West India Mail Company – Dedicated to the West Indies mail service 1849-1852 Nassau and Inagua with international mail from New York, UK, Jamaica, US, and Portugal
RMS Esk SS 1849 232 GRT Wooden hull, screw propeller propulsion (steam) West India Mail Company – Dedicated to the West Indies mail service 1849-1852  Nassau and Inagua with international mail from UK, Jamaica, US
Samana M/V 1940 Austin Levy, owner of the Hatchet Bay plantations, an American from Bistrol Rhode Island who invested heavily in the Bahamas 100 Wood 96 17 9 6-cylinder Cooper-Bessemer diesel 425 Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera Ltd., Bahamas, presumably to export Bahamian produce to US. On October 22, 1942 the US Navy purchased SAMANA from Hatchet Bay Eleuthera, Ltd. Just 3 days later they placed the ship in service as the YAG-28″to transport cargo to outlying Caribbean bases.”  13 August 1945 she was struck from Navy register and sold back to the Bahamas c/o Mr. Mervin Ferguson in Miami on 25 March 1946. flagged outside of the US after WWII. Mail route Nassau – Spanish Wells & Eleuthera
San Salvador Express / Johnette Walker M/V Johnette Walker, Innocent Express, Pack One 1953 Pascagoula, Mississippi F. B. Walker & Sons, Hull # 146 136 GT (also listed as 209 GT), 100 NT Steel 111′ long (also listed as 106.2′) 22.2 9.2 Tug design Bahamas (now Panama flag) Originally a US Gulf tug, then M/V San Salvador Express mailboat serving that island, then in 1975 the Johnette Walker (her original name), then sold as the Innocent Express and finally her present status as Panama-flagged Pack One. Sold to Panama as the Pack One, where she still trades San Salvador, southeastern Bahamas, as the San Salvador Express and by 1975 as the Johnette Walker. Roy Oral Lockhart from roughly 1972 to 1975. Still trading in Panama as M/V Pack One.  1979 law case alleging Johnette Walker was in the drug trade, pretending to be the M/V Superfly II of Panama
Sea Bird 1898 Acklins 12 Acklins Thomas Benjamin Hanna There has been one other with the same name: Sea Bird, schooner, 1897, Abaco, 17, James Edward Roberts, Hope Town, Abaco
Sea Express II M/V 2006 St. Augustine, Florida St. Augustine Marine, Inc 487 GT, 146 NT, 850 DWT Steel 192 38 7 2 X 3412 Caterpillar engines 1440 10 Panama SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caicos
Sea Hauler M/V No Steel 98 Allan Russell Cat Island between 1989 and 2011. Also served Smith’s Bay, Old Bight and New Bight, in south Cat Island Allan Russell In 2003 this vessel was involved in a fatal collision with the United Star
Sea Spirit II (ex-United Spirit) M/V Russel Portier (1999-Sept. 2007), United Spirit (Sep. 2007- Aug. 2008), then Sea Spirit Aug. 2008 – present 1999 Chauvin Louisiana Russell Portier Shipyard 498 GT, 750 DWT Steel Ro-Ro Company, Captain Thomas Hanna, Nassau Bahamas Acklins, Long Cay and southern Long Island, leaving Nassau Tuesdays afternoon Grounded and abandoned off Long Island around 2011 2011: Hanna was chased by a number of creditors and removed his vessel from the Bahamas Maritime Authority Registry in December 2007, changing ownership from Carib-USA to Ro-Ro Company Ltd.
Sealink M/V No 2000 273 GT, 350 DWT Aluminium 137 49 Daewoo engines 18 Bahamas Ferries, Potter’s Cay, Nassau, NP, Bahamas North Eleuthera, Governor’s Harbour in central Eleuthera, Freeport, Andros, Exuma, Long Island and South Abaco Still in operation
Seawind M/V No 2003 485 GT, 185 DWT 147 49 Daewoo engines 18 Bahamas Ferries, Potter’s Cay, Nassau, NP, Bahamas North Eleuthera, Governor’s Harbour in central Eleuthera, Freeport, Andros, Exuma, Long Island and South Abaco Still in operation
Sherice M. M/V No 126 Emmett Munroe Bimini since roughly 1995 and continues to operate today. Serves Salt Pond, Deadmans Cay and Seymours Long Island, departing Nassau on Mondays Shawn Munro and co-captain is Emmett Munroe Stiill operating in April 2014 Is a motor freighter
South Andros Express M/V Before 1975 Nassau to South Andros during mid-1970s (as mailboat ) AUTEC personnel started a FaceBook page
South Andros Queen M/V Before 1975 Nassau to South Andros during mid-1970s (as mailboat )
Spanish Rose II M/V No 1977 Spanish Wells Wood 75 Brothers Captains Gurney Elon and Stephen Pinder Ferried frozen fish and produce and mail and passengers Spanish Wells-Nassau Brothers Gurney Elon Pinder and Stephen Pinder In 1997, whilst en route between Nassau and Spanish Wells in daytime the vessel sank Replaced first Spanish Rose (from 1965), running frozen crawfish tails to Nassau so that they could be shipped to the US market in Florida
Stadt Rotenburg M/V 2003 9,528 GT, 12,864 DWT Steel 483.5 75 Antigua & Barbuda Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Nassau, NP Bahamas from Florida
Staniel Cay Express F/V 76 Diesel motor Rolly Gray Exuma Cays, Staniel Cay in particular, and apparently the Abacos as well. 1970s to 1975 Rolly Gray Sunk off the northeast coast of Abaco near Hope Town on the 6th of April 1975 per
Stede Bonnet M/V Royal Navy-issue: MM 194 Yes 4th June 1942  Nassau and Hog Island (Paradise Island) Symonette Shipyards 225 119 Single diesel engine 12 Knots They were launched in a ceremony by the Duke of Windsor. Intended for service in Singapore, which fell to the Japanese before they were commissioned Archer. Son Bobby was the relief captain. Lloyd Talmadge Albury of Man-O-War Cay Motorized mail boat
Trans Cargo II M/V 1986 Singapore Mickon Shipbuilder 1,015 GRT, 1,400 DWT Steel 191 46 Twin engines and twin propellers for redundant reliability Bahamas Nathaniel Bruce Taylor (purchased in 1998). Pirate’s Well Investments, which is part of the Taylor Corporation presently held by brothers Capt. Eddins Taylor, Mr. Elvin Taylor and Capt. Limos Taylor Egyptian owners Initially the ship had contracts for the BEC but after they failed it was put to use carrying aggregate and sand from Freeport to Bimini, among other jobs David Hyde of Honduras
Transport Express M/V UAL Transporter, owned by Universal Africa Lines Caterpillar Inc. 1,092 GT, 397 NT, 1,297 DWT 208 46 9 Panama Parts of Africa with Universal Africa Lines SEACOR Island Lines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16 islands in the Bahamas plus Turks & Caico
Treasure Lady M/V Tar Heel Yes 1981 Morgan City, Louisian Scully Brothers Boat Builders 320 GT Sold to Bahamian operators in 1997 Sold out of the Bahamas presumably to Honduras (2012) Between 1997 and 2012 served San Salvador and Rum Cay as a mailboat
Tropic Express M/V 2011 China Qingdao Steel 350 12.5 Panama Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Palm Beach Florida to Nassau, Bahamas Delivery skipper was  Ramil Infante
Tropic Jade M/V 1978 Steel 276 15.5 St. Vincent Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Florida to Bahamas and Turks & Caicos
Tropic Mist M/V 1983 Steel 276 15.5 St. Vincent Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Freeport, various Bahamas & Turks & Caicos islands from Florida Tony Powell
Tropic Opal M/V 1979 1,651 GT, 2,334 DWT Steel 260 12 Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Abaco from Florida Chris Knowles
Tropic Sun M/V 1993 6,536 GT, 8,200 DWT Steel 363 15 St. Vincent Tropical Shipping, Miami Florida, as of 2015 a division of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, Washington Nassau, NP, Bahamas from Florida Tony Powell
Tropical Trader M/V 1950 Turks & Caicos
United Spirit M/V
United Star M/V No 1996 Chauvin, Louisiana Built either by Chauvin Shipbuilding or Portier Shipyard 417 GT, 500 DWT Steel 178. Another place it says 170 36.5 Hanna from launch to 2007 Sold to Honduran interests and named the AJ Transport or the Coimar Transport Bahamas on long-haul voyages to Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay (Fortune Island), and Inagua In 2003 was Rodney Miller In August 3rd 2003 was in a severe collision with the Sea Hauler 14 miles south of Eleuthera Ro-Ro cargo vessel
VI Nais M/V 2007 Chauvin, Louisiana Portier Shipyard 487 GT, 587 DWT 190  Two Mitsubishi engines rated 927 hp at 1,400 rpm. The engines are rated Tier 3 with the US Environmental Protection Agency 927 Panama Thomas Hanna under either the Ro-Ro or Carib-USA brands MMS Ship-management of Palm Beach and Ro-Ro Company of Nassau North and South Cat Island, taking about 24 hours, and costing $60 each way Tom Hanna
Willaurie M/V Willmary Yes 1966 – completed November 1966 Hoogezand SW of Hoogezand, Netherlands 199 GT, 376 DWT 138 25 Single German 290 horsepower engine, single propeller 290 8.5 W. B. Hart, Nassau, NP Bahamas In 1960s she was sold from Netherlands to the a firm named Antler Ltd. of London, UK used for coastal trades to ports like Goole, Charlestown, Hartlepool and Fulham In 1980 her classification by Lloyds Register was withdrawn and her flag changed from UK to Nassau, where W. B. Hart owned her Rum Cay, San Salvador, and Cat Island in the southeastern Bahamas, presumably from 1980 – 1988. Final skipper was Stuart Cove Sank three times. The final sinking by dive operator Stuart Cove SE of Goulding Cay,  as a diving attraction the day after Christmas, 1988.
William Sayle M/V 1944 Earl & Gerald Johnson of Harbour Island Wood Roland T. Symonette Believed to have served Sir Roland T. Symonette’s large commercial interests in Nassau and beyond, but not known specifically to have carried the mails under subsidy Not known but no longer listed after 1940 as being registered in the Bahamas Named for the leader of the Eleutherian Adventurers who left Bermuda in the 1640s and landed at North Eleuthera
Windward Express M/V 95 Steel  Windward Shipping Company (c.1998) Southern Bahamas (1995-2000). Nassau, Spring Point Acklins Island, Landrail Point Crooked Island, Long Cay / Fortune Island, Mayaguana, Inagua, southern Bahamas, Nassau – the voyage out taking about 23 hours. Leroy Ferguson
Yes Sir M/V Wood (probably) 70  Out, or Family, Islands from Nassau from 1947
Zelma Rose M/V 1947 Abaco 30 Wood  Edison Higgs Capsized in Fleeming/Fleming Channel, 40 miles east of Nassau at 2:50 am on June 1st 1952, killing 6 people Motor vessel

One comment on “Database of over 200 mailboats in Bahamas 1800s to present

  1. Mr. Wiberg,
    Very encouraged by the work you have and are doing to preserve the maritime history. I am especially pleased to see what you have uncovered on The Bahamas and it is in this regard that I write.

    As Librarian at the LJM Maritime Academy, I am always interested to gain access to documents which record the maritime history of The Bahamas, in particular. We have plans to open a maritime museum on the campus and the work in which you are engaged can certainly enhance the presentation of resources which will be available through the museum. In the meantime, may I add your link to the library holdings? Grateful for your favourable consideration.

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