Bellamy Cay , British Virgin Islands
Tony and Jackie Snell are names synonymous with Bellamy Cay located in Trellis Bay, BVI. Since the 1970's, this tiny islet has been home to "The Last Resort" restaurant and cabaret which possesses a most intriguing history.
From 1716 to 1718, at the height of lawlessness in the British Virgin Islands, Black Sam Bellamy (a pirate of note) took a keen interest in Bellamy Cay. Black Sam used this tiny Cay, then known as "Blanco" for his base of operations while crew members used the protection of Trellis Bay to maintain their fleet of ships including; Postillion, Mary Anne and finally, Whidah ... amongst others.
Sam discovered that from Blanco, as well as from nearby Sprat Point, ships could be seen sailing through the Sir Francis Drake Channel. His favourite prey were Spanish Galleons laden with treasure intended for the exclusive use of the King & Queen of Spain. However, this pirate wasn't particularly selective. He would plunder any ship he fancied and had a particularly good eye for fast ships!
Unlike many of his contemporaries such as Blackbeard (a deviant and notorious scoundrel), Black Sam had a reasonably kind soul. He did not find it necessary to murder all those aboard ships he captured. He would often set men free and in one instance even returned a ship to her captain as he wasn't particularly pleased with her sailing characteristics. For this kindness, Sam earned the title, "Prince of Pirates".
Today, the Last Resort at Bellamy Cay is somewhat more tame, but raucous laughter may still be heard ashore in Trellis Bay! Though Jackie is no longer with us, Tony still delights dinner guests with his comic routines on occasion. Tony has passed the reigns of management to his capable daughter, Jessica. The Last Resort dinner theater & cabaret offers a fun diversion from your typical BVI beach bar & restaurant scene. For a lighthearted BVI dining experience, call The Last Resort (284) 495-2520 for reservations.
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