Where does Nassau obtain four million gallons of water each day? There is not sufficient ground water to meet this need so Nassau has an RO plant as well, but this produces far less than four million gallons on a daily basis. The answer is Andros Island, which lies 50 miles to the west of Nassau. Andros is the largest Island in the Bahamas, measuring 100 miles by 40 miles, yet is sparsely populated. Andros may not have many inhabitants, but it has an abundant freshwater supply. This water lies just under the ground on top of the salt water table that permeates the coral substructure. This water is gathered, or as the Bahamians would say, "harvested" by digging long shallow canals and the sucking the freshwater out of these canals. How is this harvested freshwater delivered to Nassau? A pipeline cannot be run the short 50 miles because the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean separates the two Islands.
A side benefit of the work that Titas does is the harbor, which was created for this vessel alone but is shared now with cruising vessels and others. To enable Titas to moor at Andros for loading freshwater, a harbor and channel needed to be constructed. A channel was blasted and dredged through a narrow portion of the coral surrounding Andros and now a secure harbor exists at Morgan's Bluff, found at the NE corner of Andros (25° 10'N/78° 02'W). From Nassau a true course of 278-degree takes you directly into the buoyed channel, which has an official depth of 24 feet and is 300 feet wide. Beware though, the buoys are not lighted and are not painted. They are rusty metal balls, large enough to be seen and picked up on radar, but not exactly on the channel's edge. Close, but not precise. There is a range marking the channel's centerline and on a calm day you can use this range to line up your approach. Once you have made the entrance in daylight you could do it easily at night, but I would not make an entrance at night the first time.
A short walk down the one lane road that passes close to the beach and connects Morgan's Bluff to the rest of Andros takes you past a modern and well-painted sign that says "Henry Morgan's Cave." There is a pirate image on the sign and chest of gold. A small footpath leads off into the brush and I followed it along for about 100 feet where I came to a large cave opening. There was no gold to my disappointment, just mosquitoes and empty beer bottles. But it looks like a good cave to hide gold if you were a pirate. The gold these days on Andros is freshwater, millions of gallons of freshwater. So here I sit on top of three million gallons of the stuff. And a day from now when I am off the Titas and taking a hot shower at the Holiday Inn in Nassau I will know exactly where this water came from!