Some 300 years ago, Nassau and Freeport were pirate strongholds. Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Samuel (Black Sam) Bellamy and Calico Jack Rackham (the alleged creator of the skull and crossbones flag) picked off Spanish galleons laden with South American gold and silver. Then in 1958, Gil Drake and avid angler and editor of Field and Stream, A.J. McClane, set out to explore the Islands of the Bahamas for prime bonefishing flats. Deep Water Cay soon became a top luxury vacation destination for people who shared the founders’ quest for sport and leisure activities in a private Caribbean setting.