Inspired while reading a book, the Wyannie Malone Museum has now added a new exhibit for Pirates to pay homage to a lesser known time in Abaco’s history.
While reading a copy of Sandra Riley’s Homeward Bound book Debbie Paterson, curator at the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum, realized that Abaco had pirates who used to frequent the cays for a variety of reasons and decided that there needed to be an addition to their displays.
She noted that the pirate Charles Vane along with his quarter master Calico Jack Rackham and possibly with Mary reed and Anne Bonney aboard, captured, robbed and rifled the vessel “Neptune” near Green Turtle Cay and brought it in to harbour.
As she read she found out that there were also pirates in Marsh Harbour and other locations and decided it was time to feature this in the Museum. “Kids and adults alike love pirates and pirate history,” she said.
With the help of Tim Albury and Ronnie Sands they took an alcove at the museum and created a small pirate cove where bits of pirate history and images will be displayed. She also hopes to acquire some interactive items especially for children.
As more history is discovered she hopes to add more to the museum as well as to change things up so that there is often a new look at the history of Abaco.