Bellamy Cay

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Bellamy Cay is an island in the British Virgin Islands, located entirely within Trellis Bay on Beef Island. Formerly called Blanco Islet, this island is named after its most famous resident, "Black Sam" Bellamy, the "prince of pirates".

For much of his very short but wildly successful campaign of piracy in 1716 and 1717, Bellamy used this islet (which was named Blanco Islet at the time) as his base of operations, while crew members used the protection of Trellis Bay to maintain their fleet of ships. Bellamy soon learned 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.

Since the 1970s, the cay has been the home of the restaurant and bar called "The Last Resort" – which for many years was owned and operated by Tony Snell, a British war hero.[1] Bellamy Cay is in the direct flight path of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, and is otherwise uninhabited.

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  1. ^ "F/L Tony Snell". Retrieved 2009-11-12. 

Coordinates: 18°26′54″N 64°31′58″W / 18.44833°N 64.53278°W / 18.44833; -64.53278