BEQUIA'S HISTORY & CULTURE
The maritime trades of fishing, whaling and boat building established themselves as Bequia’s primary industries and, by the late 1800s, our island boasted two whaling stations and a reputation as the boat building capital of the West Indies. Numerous whaling boats, schooners and the Gloria Colita, at 165ft the largest wooden vessel ever constructed in the region, are all legacies of Bequia’s rich cultural heritage. Fishing and whaling boats, racing dinghies and intricately crafted replica model sailing boats are still constructed today and feature prominently during our very popular annual Easter Regatta.
Visit the Bequia Maritime Museum and the model boat builders at Seargant's Museum.
Read more about Bequia's heritage here...
Did you know?
Queen Elizabeth has in her possession an exact replica of the Britannica made by one of the local model boat builders, which was presented to her some years ago.