Captain's Blog

My First Visit to Bimini

Chalk’s Ocean Airlines for years touted to be the worlds oldest continually operating airline.  It was founded in 1919.  I flew to Bimini in the spring of 1958 meeting up with my uncle’s boat.  It was a never to be forgotten spring break.  Little did I realize that this vacation and summer sailing camp would foster a life of sailing plus four years in the US Navy.  Chalk was still flying into N Bimini and Nassau in 1992 during our Columbus cruise which included a number of months cruising the Bahamas.  When at anchor it often felt these seaplane pilots were sometimes less than a boat length away on landings.  The Grumman G 7 Mallard was also being flown by the USCG out of Miami. Chalk ceased operations in 2007.  Just remembering what got me started, a summer learning to sail on an A and Beattle Cat 1957 followed by Spring Break applying what I had learned.  From stories shared with locals,  if you lived in S Florida during Prohibition Chalk was among the steady suppliers of booze from Bimini.

Chalk Airlines Office and Ramp Bimini Chalk

The Intracoastal Waterway

The ICW is busy with folks heading South for winter.  Just think, WIN SISKIWIT, write your story  and it could easily be you next fall.