Landrail Point is on the NW corner of Crooked Island. The anchorage is slightly north of the point and just south of Pittstown. Most believe that Columbus anchored and landed here on his first voyage and there seems to be less doubt about that landing than most of Columbus’ Bahamanian stops. He named the island Isabela. Here is the translation of where we are anchored and the island generally. It still fits well.
“The whole of this coast and all of the island that I saw is more or less beach, and, beautiful though the others are, this island is the most beautiful I have seen. There are many trees, very green and tall and the land is higher than on other islands… Though all the others [islands] we had seen were beautiful, green and fertile, this was even more so. It has green trees, and great lagoons, around which these trees stand in marvelous groves.”
He also notes that it is dangerous to anchor off the island except in daylight. That couldn’t be more true either.
The town is small, and the folks are helpful and friendly. There are a couple of nice grocery stores and a beautiful beach and shoreline to explore.
The boat basin is carved out of the limestone rock. I wish I knew more of the history of the basin. Like other remote islands we’ve visited, there is talk about a marina sometime in an unspecified future.
This house is typical of the older houses. Many have dates on the front. The economic climate here isn’t easy and many old and potentially beautiful houses lie empty and in various states of disrepair.
There are so many conch in the waters around these islands that folks decorate yards and buildings with conch shells.
The water in the anchorage is clear and a beautiful blue. I keep trying to capture it in a picture, but know that I’ll never succeed. Is it as futile as Sisyphus’ task?