For lunch, we stopped at Norman's Cay; a small island in the North part of the Exumas, with plenty of "drug smuggling history". Carlos Lehder, co-founder of the Columbian drug cartel Medellin, setup his cocaine transport empire at this Cay in 1978. With armed guards, Dobberman attack dogs and even a radar station, he completed occupied the island. In 1982, under pressure from US law enforcement, and despite years of turning a blind eye, the Bahamian government began to crack down on the activities at Norman's Cay, ultimately confiscating Lehder's land. His life sentence plus 135 years, was reduced to 55 years after he testified agains Manuel Noriega and he is still in jail today.
Just East of Norman's Cay, I photographed this Curtiss C-46 which ran out of fuel in 1980. The full story was part of my Pic(k) of the week 47 and with now over 13.000 (yes) views at my 500px site has without doubt become the most popular image of the trip!
Now that Norman's Cay is a safe tourist heaven again, small aircraft like this Beechcraft Barron, fly in food and supplies from the US.
Our last 36 hours on the Bahamas and some closing thoughts will be in part 5 of the series.
Till then click that shutter,