ABACO FACTS (including likelihood of adverse shark encounter or shipwreck)


ABACO’S HIGHEST POINT

Maps. Images. The expedition to pinpoint the summit of Abaco can be found HEREMount Abaco 5 copy

LONGITUDE AND LATITUDE OF THE DELPHI CLUB, ABACO, BAHAMAS

The precise Longitude and Latitude coordinates of the handsome locally carved PINEAPPLE on the centre of the roof of the Delphi Club are, respectively, -77.1787834167480  and  26.20450323936187  Click link above to find out more – much more – about the fruit, its symbolism and social history.

MAYDAY MAYDAY…

THE MAIN SHIPWRECKS OF ABACO, BAHAMAS

EIGHT SHIPS AND TWO TRAINS (yes, really)

  • USS ADIRONDACK - a wooden steam- and sail-powered  Federal gunboat. She ran aground in 1862, 6 months after she was launched
  • ‘BARGE’ - an old landing craft
  •  BONITA - a British WWII transport vessel
  •  DEMIRA - a steel-hulled freighter, sunk in a hurricane in 1928
  • USS SAN JACINTO - a Civil War gunboat that was both steam- and sail-powered…Until she ran aground in 1865
  • SAN JUAN EVANGELISTA
  • THE VICEROY – a steamship wrecked around 1900
  • HMS MERMAID – driven onto a reef in a storm and wrecked in 1759 (undiscovered until 1987)
  • LOCOMOTIVES X 2 – not actually driven into the sea, but fell off a ship while being transported

CHECK OUT Cap’n Dan Berg’s  ABACO SHIPWRECK DIRECTORY for more details

[PS I have only just noticed, and emphatically deny responsibility for, the embedded ads for Bikini-Expo.com  Think of them as a bonus, if you wish]

Here is the ‘SHIPS DISCOVERY’ MAP of five early 16th century wrecks in ‘Lucayan Islands’ configured in a way that makes the precise locations rather hard to identify… 

ABACO IN NUMBERS

1 highway (130 miles long)

1 roundabout (near Marsh Harbour airport)

1 set of traffic lights (in Marsh Harbour)

1 airfield (Sandy Point)

2 international airports (Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay)

2 main lighthouses (Hole-in-the-Wall, Hope Town – there’s also the remains of one at Little Harbour)

5 National Parks (terrestrial and marine)

5 main inhabited Cays (Walker’s, Green Turtle, Great Guana, Man-o-War, Elbow)

5 wild horses (only one stallion and 4 mares left) 

5 the number of known species of marine turtles (out of 7) found in Bahamas
waters (Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles)

101 steps to climb inside Hope Town lighthouse

106 miles north of Nassau

134 feet – the highest point above sea level of Abaco

175 miles east of Palm Beach Fl.

200 square miles covered by The Marls

210 feet – the highest point in all the Bahamas

776 square miles total area

900 the approximate number of Abaco-registered vehicles

1973 the year of Independence

1976 the year of the first Abaco licence plates

3000 Abaco parrots

ROLLING HARBOUR  “WHERE IT’S SAFE TO DIP YOUR TOES IN THE WATER…”

‘INTERNATIONAL SHARK ATTACK FILE’


1749-2010 MAP OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE ANTILLES

CONFIRMED UNPROVOKED SHARK ATTACKS

I have updated the stats up to 2013. Abaco score: unchanged thankfully. I realise that ‘unprovoked’ is a grey area… Does it include spearfishing-related incidents (dying fish – ‘distressed’ movements – blood); or shark attraction to shiny things (‘Rolex flashing’); or the controversial and increasing incidence of ‘chumming’ which anyone – oh, apparently not – might think would encourage sharks to associate yummy food with humans..?

Any views on chumming? By all means use the COMMENT link, in tiny writing (hey! designer!) at the end of the page.

Shark Stats 1 Shark Stats 2 Shark Stats 3

 

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