Spirit crew load limestone to trade for salt in TCI as crew re-enact centuries-old exchange

Youngsters set sail to the Turks and Caicos Islands with a cargo of limestone yesterday to re-enact a centuries-old exchange.

The pupils aboard the Spirit of Bermuda will trade the limestone blocks for salt while they learn about the global impact of enslaved Bermudian woman, Mary Prince, who was taken to the TCI in 1806 to rake salt.

The salt will be taken to Bermuda and then transported to Eastern Canada aboard another voyage in August.

It mimics the maritime trade that connected Bermuda to the Western world in the 1800s.

The children, who plan to be on the island for about a week, will learn about Mary Prince‚Äôs time working in the salt flats and other points of her life.

The Spirit was meant to leave on Saturday but the voyage was delayed by bad weather.