Great Isaac Light

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Great Isaac Cay, South Bimini, Bahamas

Great Isaac Light South Bimini Reviews

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Sailing Past Great Isaac Feb 22, 2002
After we left Bimini we turned north and put up the sails and had breakfast. The winds were light - about 10 mph so we were motor sailing, but the Gulf Stream was pushing us north at over 7 knots. Pretty soon, we saw the lighthouse at Great Isaac through the binoculars. I didn't take a photo. It is a round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. There is a 1-story keeper's house, abandoned and falling into ruin, and other buildings

Marking the entrance to the Northwest Providence Channel, this lighthouse is a familiar landmark for cruise ship passengers en route to Nassau from Florida. Great Isaac is the scene of a famous lighthouse mystery: on 4 August 1969, the light station was discovered undisturbed but abandoned. Its two missing keepers were never found. The lighthouse appeared to be gravely endangered in recent years:

You can charter a boat from Sea Crest which will take you 45 minutes north to Great Isaac which is a 19th century English lighthouse, which is about 20 miles north of Bimini. It was built in 1856. The shoreline provides good snorkeling, and you need moderate agility to get ashore to explore the lighthouse and ruins of the old lighthouse keeper's residence.
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