Timeline

SLIDESHOW


1798Man-O-War Cay settled and used for farming by Benjamin Archer and Elizabeth Pinder. They travel to and from March Harbour to farm.
1820Ship from Harbour Island, Eleuthera, shipwrecked on reef and crew member, 16 year old Benjamin Albury, stays after meeting Eleanor Archer who was out on Man-O-War helping her parents with the farm.
1821On May 7th, Benjamin Albury (Pappy Ben) and Elanor Archer (Mammy Nellie) are married.
1833Church of England established on site where Old Methodist Church is built.
1862On August 23rd, the U.S.S. Adirondack is shipwrecked on the reef.
1876First kerosene lamp comes to Man-O-War Cay.
1895School begins in the Church of England.
1904First camera is brought to Man-O-War Cay.
1912Methodist Church built in place of Church of England.
1921Man-O-War School was built.
1938Arrival of first "second-homeowners".
1940sRuth Rodriguez was a frequent visitor in the 40’s and 50’s.
1945Mr. Haziel L. Albury starts to teach in the one-room schoolhouse where he himself had been a pupil. He continues to teach and then serve as principal for over 30 years. In early years, a conch shell was blown to signal the start of the school day.
1949Installation of harbour light run off of kerosene.
1951Governor Sir Robert Neville visits Man-O-War Cay.
1952Telecommunications begins in Man-O-War Cay.
1956Library opened on January 25th.
1959Albury's Ferry Service started. Electricity turned on, December 24th.
1964Esperanto launched by Uncle Will, last big boat built on Man-O-War, later renamed William H. Albury
1974Governor-General Sir Milo Butler visits Man-O-War Cay.
1977Man-O-War's Rough Waters wins Prime Minister's Cup at George Town Regatta.
1981,82Man-O-War's Abaco Rage wins Prime Minister's Cup at George Town Regatta.
1983,84Abaco Rage wins George Town Regatta.
1987Start of installation of phone in private homes.

 


 

  • 1930s. Before the Sail Shop. Edwin's 1, Harbour Grocery.
  • Ruth Rodrigues and her husband Ed were frequent visitors to Man-O-War Cay. They eventually bought a house on the island, but were avid boaters and spent many hours on their sailboat. She was the author of the popular book Out Island Portraits, now out of print.
  • Eastern Harbour, 1940s
  • Mr. Haziel L. Albury starts to teach in the one-room schoolhouse where he himself had been a pupil. He continues to teach and then serve as principal for over 30 years. In early years, a conch shell was blown to start the school day.
  • Cannon is recovered from the wreck of U.S.S. Adirondack (memorial plaque, image 1 of 2)
  • Cannon is recovered from the wreck of U.S.S. Adirondack (image 2 of 2)
  • North Beach and the Creek, 1950s
  • "Rough Waters" (this image and the next 2 slides)
  • Willard Albury on the trophy winning Abaco Rage4 (this image and the next slide)
 

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