English Caye lighthouse in the 1950's, description of touring Belize's lighthouses
AS MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS, IT WAS MY DUTY and PLEASURE to make an Inspection Tour of all Light Houses and NAVIGATION CHANNELS in Belize's Territorial Waters.
This TOUR was mostly done in the dry weather. The purpose of the Tour was to assure shipping Lines and Insurance Companies that Navigation into Belize was CLEAR of obstacles. My duty was to sign the ADMIRALTY CHART as Compliance and Assurrance.
The FIRST DAY TOUR began from Belize City to Mauger Caye, then to the Northern Two Cayes, the Blue Hole and end at Half Moon Caye. (Light Houses were inspected.)
THE SECOND DAY TOUR began, with the Phillips Long Caye, then, Caye Bokel, English Caye, Robinson Point, Colson Point and end in Dangriga.
The THIRD DAY TOUR began, with our way to Point Placencia, then Laughing Bird Caye across to Ranguana and the Sapodilla Cayes, then end at Hunting Caye.
ON THE FOURTH DAY TOUR we went across into the Sarstoon and up to Cadenas and then return, passing Barranco to Punta Gorda.
THE FIFTH, AND FINAL DAY, we made our way back to Belize City, visiting Coast Line points like Snake Caye, Wild Cane Caye touching at Monkey River and Mango Creek, (BIG CREEK) and finally Belize City.
WAS THIS TIME AND MONEY WASTED ? Absolutely NOT,
IF I DIDN'T SIGN THE ADMIRALTY CHART assuring a SAFE ENTRANCE into our ports, we could not import our needs, nor export our produce. ( No Insurance Company would cover those SHIPS.)
Photograph by Ian Pearce, text by Hector Silva
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