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Acklins mailboat dock commissioned

Family Island News

Published: Oct 16, 2013

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ACKLINS – Residents of North Acklins can now breathe a sigh of relief, as a new mailboat dock has opened in the area.

The long-awaited dock was officially opened for business on Saturday.  It is at Nancy Cove, near Chesters.  The facility has special significance for North Acklins.

Mailboat service is currently provided by Sea Spirit 2 to South Acklins.  Residents of North Acklins had to travel some 80 miles round trip to collect freight shipped to the south.  This new dock in the north is expected to provide financial relief to residents of North Acklins.

Acklins Community Marine Development Association, led by four businessmen, Newton Williamson, Louis Deveaux, Julius Chisolm and Ettens Taylor, invested in and pushed the project.  The community also contributed to the construction of the dock.  The facility can accommodate roll-on, roll-off freight and other marine craft such as yachts.

A large crowd of residents from all parts of Acklins and New Providence showed up to witness history being made.  Williamson told those at the opening, ‘‘This facility belongs to the good folks of Acklins.  No couple of persons can lay claim to this dock.  I just want to set the record straight cause I hear some people taking fool.’’

Chisolm said that the facility still needs more work to be done in order to improve it.  He called on all Acklins Islanders near and far to make financial contributions, no matter how small, to the venture.  Chisolm is also calling on the government to assist with repairs to the road that leads to the dock and to install electrical supply.

Alfred Gray, member of Parliament for Acklins, told The Nassau Guardian that the government supports the project and has given Crown land for the construction of the dock.  It will consider financial assistance when funds become available, he added.

Williamson said the mailboat Lady Mathilda will provide weekly service to North Acklins.

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