Category Archive: Articles on Salt Cay

Christmas presents from Salt Cay

The Royal Gazette By Dr Edward Harris Published Dec 27, 2014 While their boating technology did not allow native Americans of the eastern sectors of North and South America to reach Bermuda, the newly invented Bermuda Rig and accompanying Bermuda Sloop allow Bermudians in the later 1600s to reach into those regions, as well as …

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Archives from the District Commissioners basement

In the summer of 2014 the basement at the DC’s office underwent a ‘cleanup’. With permission, some of the old records were rescued and carefully cleaned and scanned by Candy Herwin. The papers were filthy, very brittle and not at all easy to work with. Here are some samples from a box, showing tidbits of the salt industry in …

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Raking for heritage in the Salt Islands

The Royal Gazette by Dr Edward Harris Published Mar 23, 2013 The sun rises early over the salinas at Salt Cay, as it has from time immemorial, the white froth that would one day be salt forming on the edges of the ponds, much as it has done for many millennia. Not a soul to …

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Spirit returns from the Dominican Republic

By Nadia Arandjelovic Published Jun 27, 2011 The Royal Gazette Budding sailors have successfully completed the adventure of a lifetime with the Bermuda Sloop Foundation. Twenty-seven youngsters and a 52-year-old arrived back to the Island on Saturday after taking part in an exciting humanitarian and adventure project in the Dominican Republic. They were greeted by …

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Last Salt Raker Standing

When Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez first set foot on the shore of Bermuda so named after him, little did he know the repercussions of his discovery and how it would influence and set in motion the future economy and lifestyle of the Turks and Caicos Islands some 740 miles away.. The early pioneers …

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With limestone onboard Spirit will revisit history

Jonathan Bell Published Jun 4, 2011 The Royal Gazette When the Spirit of Bermuda sloop sets sail for the Dominican Republic this weekend, it will also make a “pilgrimage stopover” in the Turks and Caicos Islands, said Malcolm Kirkland of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation. The vessel is to carry Bermuda limestone quarry block on board …

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Environment Club : Some Stones are Worth Turning Over!

What a fascinating informative talk to the members of the ‘Environment Club’ by Dr.Donald Keith on ‘The best ways to preserve the remarkable ‘Sapodilla Stones’ located on the Southen most point of Providenciales.These stones without a doubt represent an era in time and contribute to the Islands cultural and Historic Heritage… Each stone has been …

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Salt Raking in the TCI

Turks and Caicos National Museum

SALT RAKING IN THE TCI Turks & Caicos National Museum http://tcmuseum.org/ Salt Industry The salt industry began with seasonal salt rakers coming to the Islands from Bermuda in the late 1600’s and lasted until commercial exploitation of the salinas ended in the 1960’s. The Museum has done significant research on this aspect of our history. …

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Stepping back into history

Published May 30, 2008 The Royal Gazette In the second part of her series charting a trip from Bermuda on board The Spirit of Bermuda, Ruth O’Kelly-Lynch reports on the salt fields of the Turks and Caicos. The sun blazed down. They were not used to the brutal work conditions. All around them was ‘white …

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Forgotten Turks & Caicos island exudes history and relaxation

Sunday, February 24, 2008 Greg Tasker / The Detroit News BALFOUR TOWN, Salt Cay — The salt is gone from Balfour Town. Once, mahogany-colored men and women in straw hats and barefoot, bent forward in monotonous drudgery, raking salt crystals into small piles. They did so without a sliver of sympathy from the blazing Caribbean …

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