05/12/2014 - 02:50
I am thrilled just to see a photograph of the Caribshell after so many years have passed. I often wondered what happened to the boat and crew when I left the bahamas in 1983.
I sailed on the Caribshell not long after high school with Captain John Delancey throughout the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. This opportunity changed my life forever. Mrs. Pauline S. Petty at Shell Bahamas Limited made it all possible and I am truly grateful to her, British Capt. McDonald, Bahamian Captains Paul Petty and Vince Young for guiding me through this most impressionable time in my life.
I will never forget August 1980 leaving Atlantic Marine dry dock aboard the Caribshell with the great crew at that time. Sailing to Nassau Bahamas we encountered a small boat with Haitian nationals needing assistance so we helped them. I did not know that this encounter would be the beginning of a very exciting journey that would last almost three years. There is not enough room here to share the memories but at the age of fifty one I can still smell the sea air and diesel mix that became a part of my life-I should write a book. From Jacksonville Florida to Grand Turk island and almost every Bahama island between them I enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience aboard the Caribshell.