MAILBOAT NAME: M/V Lady Mathilda
PAST NAMES: not known
DIMENSIONS: 135′ in length after being extended from 110′ according to owner Capt. Eddins Taylor, 70 passengers, steel hull, Class A, official # NP 2438
YEAR BUILT: 1998
BUILDER: Russell Portier shipyard, Chauvin Louisiana
EARLY CAREER: not known but believed to be trading in the Bahamas its entire career
BAHAMAS CAREER: presently serving Abraham’s Bay Managuan, Acklins and Crooked Islands, Matthew Town Inagua, all in the southern Bahamas, between 36 and 42 hours south of Nassau
CAPTAINS: Captain Nigel Davis
FATE: still trading in April 2015
OWNERS: Pirates Well Investments Ltd. PO Box 7431, Nassau, and four other shareholders according to the Tribune March 18, 2008
Stern view showing freezer boxes on aft deck and a painted Bahamian flag on transom, July 2014.
Transom view taken on a different month, showing one freezer box missing, and two funnels, each with a Bahamian flag on it. This photo was taken on March 27th, 2015, some 9 months after the previous one, and you can see that there is some maintenance painting being done to the deck and railings (red anti-rust paint).
M/V Lady Mathilda heading home with both freezer boxes, arriving in Nassau after a long passage of 1.5 to 2 days from Inagua. July 2014. You can see that her docking lines are already out preparatory for a return to Potter’s Cay a few minutes after this photo is taken. Atlantis, Paradise Island, in background, facing West.
Tucked inside of the M/V Nay Dean due to a shortage of workable waterfront, July 2014.
Loading car tires and other cargo such as appliances aboard M/V Lady Mathilda prior to a voyage south, Friday 14th March 2015. Note the cargo derrick, or crane, and container and truck on deck. This is the moment that an item is entrusted to the care of the officers and crew of the vessel. There will be a vehicle owner relying on the safe delivery of those tires hundreds of miles to the South.