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Man-O-War Cay

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Man-o-War Cay Harbour
The marina at Man-o-War Cay
Picket Fence on the way to Joe's Studio
Joe Albury at work in his studio
Boat model being made at Joe's Studio
Souvenir items at Joe's Studio
Sign for Albury Brothers' Boat Building
One of the Albury brothers
One of the Albury brothers' boats being crafted
One of the Albury brothers' boats
One of the Albury brothers' boats
Woman creating items from Sailcloth
Woman creating items from Sailcloth at Albury's Sail Shop
Woman creating items from Sailcloth at Albury's Sail Shop
Colourful Sailcloth items at Albury's Sail Shop
House along the main road of Man-o-War Cay
Parked bicycle on Man-o-War Cay
Directional sign along the main road of Man-o-War Cay

Man-O-War Cay (named after the bird), is located north of Elbow Cay, and just a short ferry ride from Marsh Harbour. Originally settled by Loyalists, the town resembles a New England seaside village, save for the palm trees and tropical breezes.

The island is small, only 2½ miles long by ½ mile wide, with a wonderful naturally protected harbor. It is a conservative “dry” island, meaning that no alcoholic beverages are sold on the cay. The town is well-kept and peaceful, the only traffic on its narrow streets pedestrians, bikes, and golf carts. The houses are mostly wooden and are painted in a variety of pastel colors. Flowers, sea grape trees, and other colorful shrubs abound throughout.

Boat building is the biggest industry on the Cay and perhaps the oldest; residents are renowned for their superior workmanship, making boats without plans. This has earned Man-O-War Cay the title of "Boat-building capital of The Bahamas." It is believed that the Loyalists greatly influenced the craft of boat building, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Several family-owned businesses reflect the boating tradition of the town: they provide high quality marine maintenance service at reasonable rates; you can see handcrafted boats at Albury Brother’s Boat Building and at Joe's Studio, where you can also get handmade wooden boat models as souvenirs; and Albury's Sail Shop is known for its colorful fashionable items that are made from sailcloth.

Time Period Represented: Late 18th Century

Visitor Fees (if any): None

Seasons Open: Year Round

Accessibility Notes: Access to the cay is by boat or ferry from the mainland. Persons with mobility impairments will have to be careful when moving around.

 Pet Friendly Notes
Leashed pets are welcome, but must be controlled.

For More Information, Contact:

Abaco Tourist Office

Government Complex, P.O. Box AB-20663, Marsh Harbour, CO
(242) 699-0152 · fax (242) 699-0161
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Wm. H Albury prior to 2009.
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Latitude: 26.596007000
Longitude: -77.006066000
Elevation: 12 FT (4 M)
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