Belize in Belizean blues, the beautiful water and reef off Half Moon Caye
Half Moon Caye is Belize’a first protected area and is today, both a Natural Monument and a World Heritage Site. It is co-managed on behalf of the Government and people of Belize by the Belize Audubon Society
BEAUTIFUL HALF MOON CAYE, AS I NEW IT
Half Moon Caye is about 65 Miles from Belize City, and is the farthest land territory of Belize DUE EAST.
THE LIGHT HOUSE, at the southern end of Half Moon Caye, indicate the Gate Way into the INTERNAL WATERS of Belize, and is the guide through the Channel that lead to the Port of Belize.
HOW I GOT TO KNOW HALF MOON CAYE:
In January 1964, I was appointed as one of the FIRST MINISTERS of SELF GOVERNED BELIZE.
The Ministry assigned to me, by Premier George Price was, Minister of Public Works, Public Utilities and Communications, to tackle the damages by Hurricane Hattie and to do the works necessary to open the Way Forward to bring in the NEW NATION OF BELIZE, on the Central American Mainland, and in the Heart of the Caribbean Basin.
Among my various Portfolios were WATERWAYS, CHANNELS and Port Facilities.
In April of 1964, I had to sign the Admiralty Chart for SEA NAVIGATION into Belize. This entailed inspecting all Channels, Shoals and Light HOUSES.
We left at 5.30 AM on board the Government Yacht, Lollete.
The ROUTE, Mauger Caye, Sandburgh, Northern Two Cayes, BLUE HOLE and Half Moon Caye. What a beauty.
FIRST NIGHT ANCHORED AT HALF MOON CAYE.
What a scene. The beautiful Booby Birds, and the attacking Frigates.
The Iguanas, Wish Willy, Maclala, Lizards, the Land Rats all over, maybe snakes I was told.
Early in the Morning, we saw an old man, Mr Young, floating a 400 pound Ox Bill Turtle upside down in his small Boat, to take to the Belize City Market. Meanwhile he had another one chained to a Coconut Tree.
We climbed the Light House Tower. Meanwhile the men refueled the tanks with kerosene. WHAT A SIGHT, as far your eyes can see.
When down, one of the Boat Men told me. "I will show you Zericote trees like Corn." Indeed and we ate some of the delicious Zericote fruits.
LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST. The Captain of the Boat told us a long story, that at the Southerly point of the Caye, two fishermen saw a bright LIGHT shooting from the sand, on a dark night. Early in the morning they went to the site and began to dig into the Sand, but suddenly they found a lot of CHARCOAL and a strong smell like sulpher.
One of them died not long after and the other was hospitalized for a long period. (He gave us their names but time errazes)
This is what I know about Half Moon Caye. But I visited there many times after. ( For history s sake.)
Photograph courtesy OCEANA Belize/i>
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