VP-BAC  Grumman G-44A Widgeon               (c/n  1448)


                                  This fascinating shot was obtained from Bahamas Airways in 1952.  It depicts the new air terminal
                                  constructed at West End on Grand Bahama Island.  This terminal was established primarily to pro-
                                  vide service to the newly established Butlin's Holiday Camp.  These early style "Club Meds" were
                                  very popular in those days.  This one clearly catered to the higher class of punter who could afford
                                  to cross the Atlantic to the (then) British colony.  A motley collection of seaplanes, clad in the then
                                  pseudo-BOAC style livery of the day (white top, blue cheat line and tail registrations) are ranged
                                  around the wooden shack terminal building.    In order to get these regos into Google, I will link
                                  each one to this page.    They are, clockwise from the lower left:

                                    Reg.          Type                                              c/n       Previous ID     Future ID       Fate

                                    VP-BAC   Grumman G-44A Widgeon          1448     NC86622        N20Z            Crashed Sept 1963
                                    VP-BAM  Grumman JRF-4 Goose               1109     NC66102        N332D          Current - in Florida
                                    VP-BAL   Grumman G-21A Goose              1084     NC28635        N86639         In Florida in 1976 (see below)
                                    VP-BAH   Grumman JRF-6B Goose            1162     NC1057M       N5521A        Antilles Air Boats in 1972
                                    VP-BAR   Grumman JRF-6B Goose            1126     VQ-FAH         N68377         Unknown
                                    VP-BAB   Canadian Vickers PBV-1A           422      N95494           CF-HGE       Unknown

                                 Here's a shot of VP-BAL as N86639 at Opa Locka, Florida in June of 1976.  Image courtesy the
                                 Ellis M. Chernoff collection.  Note retractable floats.