Vineyard Boatbuilder Benjamin Sets Sail for Haiti

Vineyard Boatbuilder Benjamin Sets Sail for Haiti

Vineyard Gazette: When the days turn short and the air turns cold, sailors’ thoughts turn to winter cruising in warmer climes. On the day after Thanksgiving, Nat Benjamin and a 4-man crew of Islanders cast off the stern lines of the gaff-rigged schooner Charlotte and set sail for the Caribbean. But this will be more than a cruising adventure; it will be an adventure in cultural exchange.

The Charlotte’s port-of-call is Ile-a-Vache (Cow Island), a small island off the south coast of Haiti. Known as Isla Vaca for two centuries after the Spanish first claimed it as part of Hispaniola, Ile-a-Vache served as the headquarters of the notorious 17th-century pirate captain Henry Morgan. Today, the quiet 20-square-mile island is home to about 15,000 people. Its largest village is Kai Kok (also known as Port Morgan).

Read more about Nat Benjamin’s sailing trip to Haiti.