Before and during WWII, Darby Island was owned by a Nazi sympathiser and British hotelier, Sir Guy Baxter. King George of England gifted the island to Baxter upon his knighthood and it served as a lucrative plantation for him with livestock, cotton, palm oil, and more.
In 1938, he built an 8,000 square foot “castle” on the highest point of the island. According to some elderly locals, they remember seeing strange flashing lights during the war coming from the rooftop of the castle. It was discovered that Baxter was guiding German submarines prowling the Atlantic Oceans, allowing them to take refuge in Darby Island’s “exotic network of caves.” Some of Baxter’s employees that once worked on the plantation reportedly also saw an elaborate radio and telegraph station inside the house. #exumabahamas
Baxter and his mistress were not very popular when these revelations came to light and they were subsequently deported from the Bahamas, to who knows where, as it seems that all historical records of Sir Baxter have mysteriously been wiped.
As recent as our visit today, the abandoned building still has the original mahogany floors, upstairs and beautiful coral tiles downstairs, along with a lot of Sir Baxter’s original furniture too, along with the submarine pen, which is where we tied up our dinghy. Tomorrow we are going to dive around the pens to see what lurks below. #exumabahamas #darbyisland