"The Haunted Lighthouse of the Bermuda Triangle"

Great Isaac Cay, Bermuda - Photo by Michael S. King CC by-sa

Great Isaac Cay Lighthouse

On the Western Edge of the Bermuda Triangle sits an assuming Lighthouse with a horrific history. Built initially as part of the Great London Exposition in 1852, it was disassembled and shipped to the Bahamas to serve as a guide to the local ships. Erected on Great Isaac Cay, a Bahamian island approximately 40 miles east of Miami Florida. It is intended to protect vessels in the area from the dangerous shallow water coral that surrounds its island, but legend suggests it has a more insidious motive.

The Boy Who Survived

Lighthouse lore tells the tale of a ship that wrecked on Great Isaac Cay in the late 19th century. All souls were lost, it is said, save for one small boy. This infant child was rescued and went on to live a long and prosperous life, but his mother was not so lucky.  Lost in the tragedy,  legends have it that she misses him so. Known locally as the Grey Lady on some nights you can hear her mournful cries as she searches in vain for her precious son. Rumour has it when the moon is full, and conditions are right you can also see her in the shallow waters near the lighthouse frantically searching for the child that did not pass with her to the other side.

The Boy Who Didn’t

The Great Isaac Cay is also haunted by another ghost who died during the lighthouses assembly. A young boy aboard a supply ship, stories speak of how all aboard survived the wreck except for him. The young lad was lost over the side by the impact of the shipwreck, and his fate awaited him in the depths below.  The boy plunged into the turquoise waters around the island, where onlookers allegedly watched in horror as he was ripped apart and eaten alive by the sharks which patrol these shallow coral waters. The young man’s ghost reportedly can be seen exploring the lighthouse premises.

The Lost Light Keepers

As with most 19th-century lighthouses, maintenance was usually the responsibility of a caretaker. For remote locations such as the Great Isaac Cay, they usually lived in isolation operating the light day in and day out. Great Isaac Cay lighthouse was no exception, and it was staffed continuously from its opening in 1859 until 1969. What happened in 1969 you may ask? Well, the short answer is that no one knows. The pair of caretakers that had worked there for years simply vanished…without a trace. On August 4, 1969, a resupply found the lighthouse and the buildings surrounding it deserted. Despite extensive searching, their bodies were never found.  After this mysterious incident the lighthouse was automated and to this day shines its white light every 15 seconds.

 

Shooting Great Isaac Cay Lighthouse

As one would expect a lighthouse with a thirst for blood is relatively inaccessible. But a small boat will get you there, and the grounds are open to the public. As with any trip by boat pack with waterproof gear to protect your equipment. Also, a polarizing filter will be essential to cut through the glare of the waters around the lighthouse. If you’re looking for a guided experience, commercial tours are also available from Bimini. The island itself is made of coral and can be sharp underfoot so wear appropriate footwear. But exercise caution, you probably don’t want to join the ghosts that wander this mysterious place.

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