It’s a great thing when your community wants to celebrate and embrace their heritage, and that’s what Man-O-War did April 1st. Our island is world famous for the craftsmanship of its boats, hard work, and integrity. It is also the boat building capital of the Bahamas. So why not have a day set aside to come together and celebrate our heritage.
The day started with a ceremony to unveil a monument dedicated to the island boat builders. Mr. Scott Weatherford was the Master of Ceremonies and he did an awesome job.
He has a great way of telling stories and sharing memories.
There were poems recited written long ago, and the Man-O-War Primary School students sang a couple of songs for the crowd.
It’s always a treat to see the little ones participate.
There was even an old fashioned boat launching.
And of course a christening of the boat.
The boat launched was the restored boat originally built by Mr. Maurice who was Mr. Willards father.
And an unveiling of the boat builders monument. This shows a map of the boat yards once on the islands.
There was a small display of tools used in boat building and a movie was shown showcasing the boat building industry on Man-O-War. The Minister of tourism also came and pledged his support.
No celebration would be complete without food and local crafts. It’s amazing to know how many very talented craftsmen and woman on the island.
It is my experience that every island in the Bahamas has its own originality. Something that sets them apart from the other. Our little island is small but full of talent, past and present.
It was obvious that lots of hard work and many volunteers stepped up to make this a wonderful day. And I thank each one of you.
But I must thank Charmaine Albury for the photos in this post. She is an amazing photographer and always seems to get just the best shots! So thank you again Charmaine!
We hope you will help us preserve our past by making a donation to the Museum. It’s important we keep these memories alive and share them with future generations.