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Legacy being loaded with packed containers, cars, and anything that will fit. Loading is a virtual choreography of cargo handling activity with items of every description arriving in every conceivable type of vehicle. The “load” is a big part of the mailboat experience and we watched it all afternoon. Photo by Dave Blake.

Bahamas islands are located in close proximity. We had enjoyed the trip, getting to know both the crew and the other few passengers as we all had dinner together, then spent a comfortable night. It would prove to be our favorite trip as the Dean family and the Legacy’s crew took great care of us! In mailboat travel, most routes are 12-16 hours and are

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Capt. Ernest Dean (son of founder) and Fred Braman (author).

best begun at dusk for an early morning arrival at your destination, especially important if you don’t have anywhere to stay when you get there. Later in the trip we would experience how important that timing would be. Legacy left Potters Cay on time, and after a pleasant night, we arrived in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, in the early morning as scheduled. We soon caught the water taxi to nearby Elbow Cay and its main town of Hope Town. We spent an idyllic week at a beach home taking time to explore the island, climb the iconic lighthouse and visit Little Harbour during a “Froggies” snorkeling trip. The next day we again took the Froggies boat, this time to Great Guana Cay, twelve miles to the north in the Sea of Abaco. The event was Pig Roast Sunday at Nippers, the famous watering hole on a bluff over the Atlantic Ocean beach. After a great stay in Abaco, we returned to Mailboat Heaven (Potters Cay, Nassau) on February 19 and headed south on mailboat #2! This time we boarded M/V Island Link bound for Georgetown and another early morning arrival, so we thought! Island Link is about the same size as Legacy but appears to carry more cargo. Passenger facilities are similar. The scenario was the same: leave in the evening and complete the 14-hour trip by the early morning. Perfect! The boat would head further south to Long Island after dropping us off. It didn’t happen! The captain decided to go to Long Island first, making a one-sunset trip into a two-sunset trip with an earlier-than-desired morning arrival. Enter our first Bahamian rescue! We arrived in a port some miles from Georgetown at 3am. Nothing much was around. A fellow traveler, a Bahamian named Patrick who lived nearby, recognized our plight and took us home. “Honey, I’m bringing home six guys I just met to spend the night!” Try that one with your wife! But, by the time we arrived, the living room was transformed into a dorm with an inflatable bed surrounded by a big couch and three overstuffed chairs. I took a chair, knowing it wouldn’t matter, as tired as I was! In the morning, Patrick’s girlfriend Amanda found us a ride into town to our hotel. We had a great five-day stay in Georgetown,

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