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Captain Bethel Insists on Naming Bahamian Waters ‘The Lucayan Sea’

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Acting Commodore Captain Tellis Bethel Sr. during a regular scheduled Nassau East Rotary Club Meeting last Friday presented his theory on giving the surrounding waters of The Bahamas a name, The Lucayan Sea.

The project, which he said started some 20 odd years ago, has finally reached a point where he believes the public needs to become aware and involved.

“I propose that we look at the concept of naming our waters the Lucayan Sea because it embodies so much of our history, geography and our culture,” he said.

“Not to mention the fact that we have over six million tourists that travel and see these waters and I’ve not included those who’ve transited these waters within the 200 mile limit and even on route to other countries in the region. ”

He stated that this was just one of the ways Bahamian could form a true Bahamian identity, which he says is not just about conch salad, and Junkanoo, but something much deeper.

“Once the waters are named it becomes a point of exploration and understanding for those who hear or it for the first time, as well as wanting to know who we are and what we are all about,” he said.

Captain Bethel reiterated that it is time for Bahamians to make a real change and create a success story for Bahamians.

His love for the sea has led him on a path to become motivated to write a book to delve into the history behind the name as well, fully endorsed by sailing legend Sir Durward Knowles.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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