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Bahama Bank is located in Isle of Man
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54°22′00″N 4°15′00″W / 54.36667°N 4.25°W / 54.36667; -4.25

The Bahama Bank is a sand bank across Ramsey Bay, about 3 miles (2.6 nmi; 4.8 km) off the east coast of the Isle of Man 4 miles (3.5 nmi; 6.4 km) northeast of Maughold Head.


The bank extends from Northwest to Southeast, is 10 miles long and 1 mile broad. In the late 1840s the Bahama Bank Lightship was stationed on its Southeast end, in 11 fathoms, its light visible at the distance of 10 miles. Following the construction of the Maughold Head Lighthouse the Bahama Bank Lightship was decommissioned in 1914 and replaced by a buoy. The Bahama Bank was formerly a popular area for fishing within region of the Isle of Man.

During the course of the day a strong current setting in from the south, probably from the Atlantic Ocean, flows across the bank into the North Channel and thence back into the Atlantic. A water sample taken on the bank by Captain Temple of the Bahama Bank Lightship in January 1870 found its specific gravity when compared to distilled water, free from air and displaying the same temperature to be:

  • At 0 degrees Celsius = 1.02721
  • At 15 degrees Celsius = 1.02484

Radio Caroline

Following the merger between Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline in July 1964, it was decided that the new venture would broadcast from the two ships which previously served the respective companies. In consequence the former Radio Atlanta ship, the MV Mi Amigo, remained off Frinton-on-Sea whilst the Fredericia, by now renamed MV Caroline, sailed to take up a new position off the Isle of Man. The MV Caroline arrived at her new anchorage on the southern tip of the Bahama Bank on 6 July 1964. The station then began to broadcast as Radio Caroline North, remaining at the anchorage until 3 March 1968, when Caroline was boarded and seized before the day's broadcasting began. It was then towed to Amsterdam by a salvage company to secure unpaid bills for servicing by the Dutch tender company Wijsmuller Transport

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