Bon Secour History

     Here and there across the world are places whose names are magic; their very sounds convey security and comfort, adventure and romance. Such a place is Bon Secour in Baldwin County, Alabama.

     To the founders of the village, the French, the Spanish, the English and the Baltic German, it meant exactly what it said, "the good security". They settled down to make it truly a safe harbor to lie up snug in. They wanted freedom, and a lee shore, and a little boat and a farm, but they were seafaring men who loved blue water... They built fishing schooners and roamed the great, wide, blue Gulf outside of Mobile Point, careless of its treacherous shoals, its violent winds, and the sharks which, in southern waters, are more dangerous than rocks or winds to seafaring men.

     They had security plus adventure; Bon Secour became the golden charm, which gives men their deepest desires. Greatly loving Bon Secour they preserved its stories of heroism and humor and gentleness, of faith, miracle, privation and gallantry...

     Bon Secour is not a legend, it is a place. From its docks shrimp boats, oyster boats, and fishing smacks still set out every day...

Written by Kate and Susie Tucker, May 31, 1965


  They haven't very much to do
    With open seas and heavy sails
  For they are tired, through and through,
    With gusts and gales.

  They put behind them reefs and wrecks,
    Sea-captains, and their cruelty
  And walk their little quarter-decks
    Supremely free;

  And if the salt, surpassing brine
    Calls to them, why, they come ashore
  And digging round a tree or vine,
    Forget its roar.

  A wife, a child, a farm, and then
    A quiet dock at which to moor-
  These are the gifts God gives to men
    At Bon Secour.

  God made the world and, here and there,
    Left quiet places for the poor
  In answer to a sailor's prayer
    Like Bon Secour.

    Written ca 1940 by Rev. Louis Tucker
    vicar of St. Peter's Episcopal Church by the Sea.

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