Fire destroys Bahamas landmark devoted to Hemingway

ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- The Ernest Hemingway Museum and The Compleat Angler bar, a favorite haunt of Hemingway's and a famous landmark on Bimini here, was destroyed by fire Jan. 13.

The museum at The Compleat Angler included hundreds of photographs and memorabilia of Hemingway.

Bimini was one of the American novelist's haunts during the days when he stalked big game fish, and it was said that his "Old Man and The Sea" novel was inspired by his fishing exploits in the Bahamas and Cuba.

Hemingway worked on his "To Have and Have Not" in the 1930s during his visits to Bimini. He drank at The Compleat Angler in between his fishing trips aboard his vessel, the Pilar.

The museum and bar were Bimini's top tourist attractions. According to published reports, the Compleat Anglers caretaker, Julian Brown was presumed to have perished in the fire.

The fire was Bimini's second major disaster within a month. On Dec. 19, 11 residents of Bimini were among the 20 people killed when a Chalk's Ocean Airways seaplane crashed into the sea near Miami.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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