HOLE-IN-THE-WALL, ABACO: THE ‘HOLE’ THAT’S NO LONGER A WHOLE


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HOLE-IN-THE-WALL, ABACO: THE ‘HOLE’ THAT’S NO LONGER A WHOLE

I recently posted 3 items from different perspectives about Hole-in-the-Wall, the destruction of its “roof” by Hurricane Sandy, and the consequent creation of a small islet (provisional names suggested include ‘Holey Isle’ & ‘Sandy Isle’). I also showed what were apparently the last images of the Hole with its roof on (Jack Bowers); and the first of the new post-Sandy geology taken on November 6th (John Haestad) CLICK HERE. It now transpires that some excellent photos were in fact taken a the previous day, November 5th, when Tara Lavalle and her family went to HitW for an outing and to investigate the reports about the Hole. So the pictures below taken by Tara and Luc (to whom many thanks for use permission) now stand as the first post-Sandy images of the ‘Gap’. Unless anyone knows better…

The lighthouse and outbuildings looking back from the Hole-in-the-Wall routeHOLE-IN-THE-WALL LIGHTHOUSE ABACO post Sandy

OMG! Surveying the new scenery           HOLE-IN-THE-WALL ABACO post Sandy 2

The  water still boils through as before…HOLE-IN-THE-WALL ABACO post Sandy 1

The northern end of the new islet, showing the bright new rock-face. Beyond, Nassau… HOLE-IN-THE-WALL ABACO post Sandy 3

3 thoughts on “HOLE-IN-THE-WALL, ABACO: THE ‘HOLE’ THAT’S NO LONGER A WHOLE

  1. So sorry to lose one of our favorite waypoints while sailing the Bahamas. Always had my surfboard along, and in June 4, 1985 I actually surfed through ‘The Hole’ from the NE side. Only a 2-3′ swell running and observed it for 30 min before ‘shooting The Hole’. My Son Aaron and his buddy Joel were both 13 at the time and witnessed it from the dinghy. We didn’t get a photo of that, but we have some good shots of HOLE-IN-THE-WALL from our boat, and this event has become ensconced in our many adventures-at-sea-stories.

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    • Hi Rick, good to hear from you. That’s a great personal story – I haven’t heard of anyone else who has surfed through the “hole” (and survived to tell the tale, I should add). Pity you don’t have a photo, but it’s not a memory you or the boys are likely to forget… Tracking back, the hole has certainly been used as a waypoint by sailors since the C17th – on very early maps it’s often the only place name shown on Abaco. So maybe we are privileged to be among the last to see it intact after so many millennia. All the best for 2013 from Rolling Harbour

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      • Yeah! It’s pretty amazing we survived the Drug-runners, Hijackers, and “moving”reefs on our 5.5′ full keeled 44′ Ketch! My adult kids had been urging me for awhile to dig out all our adventures from my log books and write ‘em down, so I’ve started the process and we’ll see what comes of it…… Thanks for the comeback

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