Near Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Bahama Dinghy
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.
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 25° 39.978′ N, 80° 9.429′ W. Marker is near Key BiscayneTouch 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.