A million thanks to Bruce Pinder of Da Salty Pig Adventures in Spanish Wells for allowing me to share these photos of GTC’s New Plymouth settlement with you.
As you can see, the devastation is widespread, and the residents of Green Turtle Cay (as well as the Abaco mainland, other Abaco cays and Grand Bahama) will need all the support they can get in the weeks, months and years ahead. Please help if you can. Here’s how.
Other Shore Club/Pineapples
Settlement Creek – BTC tower and Amy Roberts Primary School roof can be seen top right
The Cash home L-R – Cash house, Sea Heart, John Lowe Center and the Curry home/Island Property Mgmt Right to Left: Shorty’s Cottage, Ma Mazie’s, Papa Pete’s
Back of Roland Roberts House (left) and the cottage formerly known as Pink Pearl/Momo’s
Facing east toward the school along Parliament Street – yellow house is the Roland Roberts House (one of only a handful of buildings to survive the 1932 hurricane) and peach building further down is the Miracle Church of God
Facing east along Parliament Street – at right foreground is the Post Office/Customs building
Building at left is the Albert Lowe Museum. We are very concerned about the broken upstairs window visible at the top left of this photo. Beneath that window is the museum’s photograph room, which holds many historic, irreplaceable images. I know that feeding and housing people has to come first, but if anyone could kindly board up that window, all of those involved with the museum would be incredibly grateful.
At far left is the back of the New Plymouth Inn.
The Treasure Chest Gift Shop (left) and New Plymouth Hardware (right) have been completely destroyed.
The Treasure Chest Gift Shop is at near left, with the Memorial Sculpture Garden and Golden Reef Apartments beyond
Many of the busts of the Memorial Sculpture Garden remain intact, but the centerpiece, sculpted by the late James Mastin, was damaged. Whether it can be repaired remains to be seen.
Gardens of the New Plymouth Inn
The view west along Parliament Street – Golden Reef Apartments and St. Peter’s Thrift Shop are at right.
Lowe’s Food Store
The Sawyer home
The peach-coloured building at left is Roberts’ Hardware. Yellow building center of photo is Sid’s Groceries.
Sid’s Groceries’ Warehouse
Traditional island homes
The Sawyer home
The roof at center-right is the covered patio at Sundowners. Sadly, the enclosed part of the restaurant was destroyed.
Summer Breeze, home of our property managers. Sadly, their home has been destroyed and they have lost everything. Our hearts are broken for them, and for all our friends and family on Green Turtle Cay.
West end of the New Plymouth settlement – dinghy dock (at right) is gone
“Under the Buttonwood Tree” House
The Bahama Seas, a local crawfishing vessel, was blown ashore
One of many damaged or destroyed docks
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Catechist Reckley Hall at St. Peter’s did not survive the storm
In the center of this photo is what remains of a cork tree that is very special to the people of Green Turtle Cay. Many of us played beneath it as children. Let’s hope our tree can rally one more time.