In his time Solomon “Sollie” Ebanks was known as the King of North Sound.
He knew the waters of the sound better than the huge frigate birds that hovered over his small wooden boat. He was one of the first local fishing and snorkeling guides.
With the grace of a manta ray, he could easily free-dive past 50 feet and come back up with a spear full of lobster. Later in the day, he would cook his catch on the beach at Rum Point, always sipping on a Miller beer and charming his guests, especially the ladies.
His navigational skills were remarkable. Exhausted and half asleep after a long day, he could still circumvent any coral head or channel marker in his path, always delivering his vacationers to shore safely.
On Christmas Eve 1985, “Sollie” passed away while preparing for yet another North Sound venture.
This image is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.