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Near Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Bahama Dinghy

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, May 26, 2019
1. The Bahama Dinghy Marker
Inscription.  

the Bahama Dinghy
A small study sailing boat was essential for coastal and island residents in a time before roads and bridges. Used for trips to nearby settlements to buy and sell supplies, to transport cargo and people to and from sailing ships anchored off the coast, and for fishing, sponging and salvaging – the Bahama dighy was the pick-up truck of its time.

The “Eileen” was named from Eileen Hoffman whose family and the Villagers, Inc. funded the restoration of this Bahama dinghy which was donated by Bill Munroe, grandson of Commodore Ralph Munroe, an early Miami pioneer.

Captions:
single sail
steering tiller
elegant lines
heart-shaped transom (back end)
constructed with basic hand tools with local available timber
shallow keel allows navigation near coral reefs and sandbars
usually 12 to 16 feet long
 
Location. 25° 39.978′ N, 80° 9.429′ W. Marker is near Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Cape Florida Park Boulevard when traveling south. The
The Bahama Dinghy and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 26, 2019
2. The Bahama Dinghy and Marker
marker is at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, approximately 200 yards west of the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archaeology of Key Biscayne (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Coast Survey Base Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (within shouting distance of this marker); Dade Heritage Trust’s Cape Florida Lighthouse Brick Program (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Restoration Hardware (about 300 feet away); Road to Restoration (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key Biscayne.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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