Thursday, 25 July 2013

A walk down memory lane: Two signatures on Cat Cay Island in the Bahamas

The signatures of  Edward, the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Windsor on Cat Cay Island.

In 1981 I visited Cat Cay island in the Bahamas, an exclusive private club island accessible only to members and their guests. In one of the traditional club buildings I noticed two interesting autographs above the door, "Edward" and "Wallis Windsor". Whether the fish above the names was caught by Edward, the Duke of Windsor (or perhaps Wallis?), who in 1936 abdicated from the British throne in order to be able to marry Wallis Simpson. The couple's visit to Cat Cay island must have taken place during the WW II, when the Duke was Governor of the Bahamas (1940 - 1945). 

I can see that Cat Cay is still a favored location for American and international members. This is how the Cat Key Yacht Club describes the island:

Over the years the Cat Cay Yacht Club has managed to combine the best features of private island life with the infrastructure of a major resort. Many members own luxurious beachfront homes, play tennis or golf on well-maintained inland facilities, dock their yachts in the modern, protected marina and dine in the island’s first-rate restaurant.

This is how Cat Cay looked in 1981:

The use of private cars was - and still is - forbidden. Golf carts are the preferred
 meansof transportation.

In 1981 you could see several large yachts in the marina. Today they are probably even larger.

The Lady Elinor was one of the yachts in the marina.

The view when entering Cat Cay by boat.

Some golf carts were more luxurious than others.

A golf cart at the building visited by the Duke of Windsor and his wife.

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