Ragged Island

Ragged Island

Ragged Island is a mere 9 square miles, a tiny island in the Southern Bahamas with a population of approximately 72 people (2000 census).

Its salt pond was developed in the 19th century by the late Mr. Duncan Taylor, after whom the town is named. Until recently, it had an active salt industry. Most of the immigrants of the island have made a gradual emigration to more prosperous islands such as New Providence.

Fishermen say that the best bone fishing can be found on Ragged Island, which boasts unparalleled flats. As well as fishing, a popular past time for residents is beach combing for shells, picknicking off the cays and creating authentic Bahamian handcrafts.

Ragged Island is part of the Jumentos Cays and Ragged Island Chain. The croissant-shaped chain measures over 110 miles in length and includes cays known as Raccoon Cay, Hog Cay and Double-Breasted Cay.

Duncan Town is the only settlement in the entire chain and is situated within a bay of shallow water. The island relies on the “mail boat” for transportation to and from the major islands, as well as for freight and commerce. The island contains a small air strip, a harbour, and a lighthouse. A tower on the south end of the island is easily visible from ships transiting the Old Bahama Channel.