M/V Bo Hengy, in an image from the Bahamas Ferries website, http://bahamasferries.com/fleet/
MAILBOAT NAME: M/V Bo Hengy II
PAST NAMES: none
DIMENSIONS: passenger ship, 135 feet long, capable of 400 passengers (or harbour cruise, no luggage), and 394 passengers inter-island. Powered by Cummins engines, capable of 25 knots. Cold and dry storage, interior seating for passengers, weatherproof luggage stowage. 540 gross tons. Bahamas flag. IMO # 9500170. DWT carrying capacity 53 tons.
YEAR BUILT: 2008
EARLY CAREER: believed to be trading in Bahamas since it was launched
BAHAMAS CAREER: serves Spanish Wells and Harbour Island’s Dunmore Town, North Eleuthera, daily.
CAPTAIN: several – said to include Capt. Moss, formerly skipper of the M/V Bahamas Daybreak III
FATE: in operation
OWNERS: Bahamas Ferries Ltd., Potter’s Cay, Nassau, NP Bahamas
NOTES: Said to be named after a Harbour Island shipwright Henry Sawyer, known as “Bro Henry” which then became Bo Hengy, who on top of wooden vessels made fish traps and tools for fishermen and spongers in the 1920s. In 1922, authors Anne and Jim Lawlor write in their book “Harbour Island Story,” “…built the first 5-horsepower motor boat in Harbour Island.” (Macmillan Caribbean, p.149)
See notes on the three other vessels owned/operated by Bahamas Ferries, as well as the previous Bo Hengy which is now the M/V Red Jet 5 under the UK flag.
From the owner’s website:
- Fully air-conditioned
- Excellent view of the water
- Spacious, comfortable seating areas
- Snack bar