Boat rescue on this little Island of San Salvador in the Bahamas.

Never a dull moment on this little Island of San Salvador in the Bahamas.
You wonder what I do all day? Well here is a story from last week.

For years, Tommy had a little aluminum fishing boat about 16 feet with a 9 horse power motor. When he wasn’t using it, he kept the motor in the garage and the boat in Pigeon creek, the east side of the San Salvador coast line. One day he was all excited to go fishing with a friend, packed up his motor and fishing gear and went to Pigeon creek, only to find out that his boat was gone !!!
Well other than cigarettes and booze people do not really steal anything on San Salvador. Keep in mind, it is a little island in the Bahamas and everybody knows each other and stealing and keeping it a secret is impossible. Especially something as big as a boat.

BUT where is the boat ???

A few month ago Tommy somehow found out that a guy from the Island had  “borrowed” the boat without asking and then abandoned it somewhere ……. Just recently and by accident a friend of Tommy’s found the boat on Treasure beach , FULL of sand and imbedded into the beautiful beach.
So, today was the day, off we went to resume the boat. Two cars, seven people and six shuffles, beer and egg salad and home-made bread.
7.30 in the morning we left the house (which was a real challenge since we all had way too much to drink in Club Med the night before)
The pictures will tell the rest of the story from our boat rescue operation on San Salvador In the Bahamas.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

T&T (Tommy and Tony) arriving at Brian’s boat dock in Pigeon Creek on San Salvador’s east coast.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Loading up the Boat in Pigeon creek and getting ready for our San Salvador boat rescue mission.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

After a beautiful boat ride we arrived and Brian is pointing out the boat. Yes, I do understand if you can’t see it, it is this tiny little sliver of red sticking out of the beach by a few inches. To this day I have no idea how Brian spotted it. Treasure beach in San Salvador is a very special place, you can find all kinds of things from all over the world that somehow make their way onshore.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Boat is beached and we are unloading the shuffles and some refreshing drinks like water and maybe some beer…… Everybody is in high spirits, ready to rescue Tommy’s boat and bring it back to the west coast of San Salvador for much needed maintenance.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

And the digging begins ! Didn’t really go as fast as we hoped.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Can you see it, we are making progress ! Well maybe I should not say “we”, I was taking the photos and the guys were doing all the hard work.   San Salvador is a special place, if you get in trouble you will always find people to help you out. Even if it involves digging out a boat in 86 degrees temperature.

San Salvador, secluded little island of the Bahamas
San Salvador, secluded little island of the Bahamas

How awesome, the boat is nearly empty.

San Salvador, secluded little island of the Bahamas
San Salvador, secluded little island of the Bahamas

First try to get it out but this boat was still so heavy.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Yes, everybody is feeling good, boat is moving.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Some more digging but we are nearly done.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Boat is out, the guys flipped it a few times to get the last bit of sand out.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

That is me, bringing egg salad and fresh baked bread to the “digging site”

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Breakfast is served, San Salvador style in the rescued boat.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Happy Tommy (on the left) he has his boat back and was fed, what more can you ask for on a Saturday morning in San Salvador?

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Before launching the boat in the water we all took a well deserved break, This is Andre, he found a brand new drum while walking on the beach and he was determined to bring it home.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Stefan and Brian took a walk up the hill to one of San Salvador’s Lookout towers and took this beautiful picture of Treasure Beach.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

All set, ready to leave but wait a minute, Brian (boat spotter) and Tommy (happy boat owner) wanted one last picture of the “boat hole”

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Getting ready to leave, bringing everything back.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

This is the big test, will the boat float? answer is YES. San Salvador boat rescue mission successfully accomplished.  (drum made it on board too)

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

On our way back we took the time to admire Pigeon creek and the crystal clear waters of San Salvador here in the Bahamas.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

We stopped the boat and walked through the shallow water and soak in the beautiful scenery

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Here is Brian, playing with some star fish.

San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas
San Salvador, our beautiful secluded little island in the Bahamas

Time to leave, guys are walking back to the boat.

It was just another awesome day on this beautiful little island of San Salvador

with a bunch of friends.

When I left Florida mid February my friends were taking bats on how long it would take till I get totally bored and rush back to Fl. Most of them thought it would be two month and only a few had three month, nobody gave me more than that. By now it is beginning of June and I am still not bored….. And this was one of the stories that keeps things interesting here on San Salvador in the Bahamas.

Timeline of Key Historical Events in the Bahamas

Timeline of Key Historical Events in the Bahamas

1492 Christopher Columbus discovers the Bahamas by landing on the Island called Guanahani. Which was renamed to San Salvador
1647 The Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, founds the first republic in the New World, in order to colonize the Bahama Islands and claim them for Great Britain. They took over an island the Arawaks called Cigatoo, renaming it Eluthra, after the Greek word for freedom.
1670 Six Lord Proprietors of South Carolina were granted the Bahama Islands by King Charles II of England.
1695 The Lord Proprietors authorized construction of a fort/ city on the island of New Providence. The city, called Charles Town in honor of King Charles II, was renamed Nassau in honor of King William III.
1717 Captain Woods Rogers was named first Royal Governor of the Bahama Islands and restored order by ending the rule of pirates.
1729 The Bahamas House of Assembly officially convenes.
1741 Construction of Fort Montagu begins at the eastern entrance to Nassau Harbor. Completed in 1742, it stands today as a tourist site.
1776 During the American War for Independence from Great Britain, eight  colonial warships captured Fort Montague and Fort Nassau.
1782 Spaniards takeover the Bahamas, disgusted by pirate raids on their ships,
1783 The Bahamas is restored to Great Britain by treaty with Spain.
1783 The immigration of American Loyalists begins as they bring slaves to set up a plantation economy.
1789 Completion of the main portion of Fort Charlotte overlooking the western entrance to Nassau Harbor.
1793 Fort Fincastle was built at New Providence Island’s highest point.
1838 Slavery is abolished in the Bahamas. Wrecking, controlled by licenses, flourished until lighthouses are built on the major islands.
1861-1865 The American Civil War brought great wealth to Nassau, a major supply base for the Confederacy (which was fighting for slavery!).
1892 The first telegraph underwater cable is laid from Florida to Nassau.
1914 John Ernest Williamson shoots the first underwater motion picture in the Bahamas.
1920 The American prohibition of liquor brings an economic boom to the Bahamian economy, where liquor was legal and plentiful.
1930s Famous writers come to live and work in the Bahamas, such as Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.
1950s Nassau becomes a hot spot for the jet-set rich and famous.
1955 Signing of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which paved the way to establishment of Freeport/Lucaya.
1962 Bahamian women are permitted to vote.
1964 The Bahamas gains internal self-rule as Sir Roland Symonette is named Premier
1967 The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) wins the majority of House of Assembly seats as Lynden O. Pindling became the new Premier.
1969 The Bahamian Constitution is revised. The Colony of the Bahama Islands became the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the Premier becomes the Prime Minister.
1973 The Bahama Islands gain independence from Great Britain, and became a sovereign nation on July 10, ending 325 years of British rule.
1983 Lynden O. Pindling is knighted by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II , Bahamas head of state.
1990 The $300-million Crystal Palace Resort and Casino, Cable Beach opens.
1992 The Free National Movement (FNM) was voted in as the new government August 19, ending the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)’s 25-year rule. The Hubert A. Ingraham became Prime Minister.
  Bahamian Frank Rutherford wins a bronze medal at the Olympics for the triple jump.
  The Bahamas celebrates the 500th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus at San Salvador.
1993 The Bahamas celebrates 20 years of independence from Great Britain
1995 Sun Intl. Hotels Ltd., of South Africa, opens the Atlantis-Paradise Island resort and casino, featuring the world’s largest outdoor aquarium.
1996 Huchinson Whampoa plans to develop Freeport Harbor into a major world transshipment hub with development of the multi-million dollar container port.
  At the Olympics held in Atlanta, The Bahamas track and field team wins the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay.
  The Bahamas have their best tourism year on record with 1.6 million stopover visitors.
1998 According to Caribbean Travel Organization and the Ministry of Tourism, The Islands Of The Bahamas is recognized as “The Most Popular Destination Among All Caribbean Islands.”
2000 At the Olympics held in Sydney, The Bahamas women’s track and field team wins the gold medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay!

San Salvador Bahamas the water.

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
It is just so beautiful.
Flying into San Salvador you already see the beautiful colors surrounding the Island.
Incredible water colors, everything between very dark blue to light green to turquoise.
But even more fascinating is the clarity.
The sand is a little on the coarse site and therefore does not cloud the water.
It is crystal clear and the best thing is the water temperature, you can swim year around.
In average the temperatures are
  • 75° F Winter
  • 80° F Spring
  • 88° F Summer