Green Cay

Tags: Bahamas, Green Cay, sailing

Date: March 24, 2018

East of Andros, on the other side of the deep waters of the Tongue of the Ocean is a solitary, uninhabited island called Green Cay. It is supposedly named after a ship's captain, Captain Greenaway, who in 1718 was marooned on the island along with seven of his crew after the rest of the crew committed mutiny. The mutinous men wanted to start pirating but Captain Greenaway and the seven other refused to join them and therefore they were left on the island to die. After a long and complicated story and many hardships, the eight men were rescued and the men turned pirates caught.

After Ulrik and his family left us at Congo Town in Andros, we decided to visit Green Cay. It is quite remote and not a lot of sailboats go there but it is a great place with fantastic snorkeling and interesting hiking on the island. Here is what the Northern quite flat part of the island looks like:

Amanda at anchor:

Here is FĂ©licie next to an old-fashioned kind of light tower:

Like most other light towers and channel markers in the Bahamas it is not functional and has not been for quite a while.

Another view of the Northern part of Green Cay:

The Northern rocky coast of Green Cay:

The Eastern coast of the cay has sandy beaches interspersed by areas of flat rock. It was a good place to look for conch shells:

Green Cay has a small salt lake with remains of what must have been boundaries to divide the lake into smaller basins used for salt production:

In the middle the island is a hill with some larger trees growing on it:

The view from the top of the hill:

On the hill are the ruins of a stone wall and maybe a house or hut:

These ruins as well as the structures in the salt lake indicate that people may have lived on the island at some time apart from the short period of time the marooned men stayed there.

There were many lizards around, most of them with funny curly tails:

Along the rocky coast small basins and holes fill up with sea water which then evaporates, leaving salt deposits behind: