Touring Nassau

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Cruise ship at Nassau

Oriana arrived at Nassau in the Bahamas early in the morning. Despite the hour, several other cruise ships were in the vicinity. I was up on deck to see the pilot boat arrive. In the distance was the flat silhouette of New Providence Island with the distinctive profile of Hog Island Light marking the entrance to Nassau Harbour. (It's now known as Paradise Island Light and remains a landmark.) Oriana docked at Prince George's Wharf, where cruise ships dock today, though it has been expanded. My family left the ship here and we transferred to the Nassau Beach Hotel.

Sightseeing in Nassau was by taxi. Among the sights were: Governmetn House, the Ardstra Gardens, Fort Charlotte and Fort Montagu.

Landfall at Nassau
Government House was then the residence of the British Governor-General (Compare my 1965 photo with my 2010 photo.) Ardastra Gardens is still known for the flocks of Pink Flamingos, the national bird of the Bahamas. Fort Charlotte was constructed in 1789 to add to Nassau's defense against possible Spanish attack from Cuba and, not inconsequentially, possible American attack. (Loyalists and escaped slaves had come to the Bahamas during the Revolutionary War.) It remained Nassau's principal fortification until it was decommissioned in 1891. Fort Montagu was an earlier fortification, built in 1742 to protect the eastern approach to Nassau harbor. When built, it was two miles away from Nassau proper. The fort came under fire in 1776 during the Battle of Nassau, an engagement of the American Revolution. (It was one of the first actions by the US Navy and the Marine Corps.)

In the evening, the Nassau Beach Calypso Quartet proved music around the hotel's pool deck. I bought one of the group's LP albums as a souvenir. (Later I found this album was considered one of the top 100 calypso records!)

spocklogic says:
The British flag is gone and Government House had a bit of a makeover in comparing 1965 & 2010 photos. I think I like the 1965 steps better than 2010 though - more classic. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...
Posted on: Oct 05, 2012
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Cruise ship at Nassau
Cruise ship at Nassau
Landfall at Nassau
Landfall at Nassau
Cruise ship off Nassau
Cruise ship off Nassau
Arriving in Nassau, 1965
Arriving in Nassau, 1965
Nassau Beach Hotel
Nassau Beach Hotel
Directing traffic in Nassau
Directing traffic in Nassau
Government House
Government House
Pink Flamingos at Ardastra Gardens
Pink Flamingos at Ardastra Gardens
Fort Charlotte
Fort Charlotte
Fort Charlotte
Fort Charlotte
Fort Montague
Fort Montague
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photo by: jhenthorne