All the easiest and most logical excuses to explain away a boat disappearance are absent in the case of the eerie mystery of Great Isaac’s Rock. An island cannot sink in storm, hit rocks, get lost, founder, burn away or get stolen. Yet in 1969 Great Isaac’s Rock, an islet whose only inhabitants were the 2 lighthouse keepers, Ivan Major and B. Mollings, was found to be deserted. The two keepers were mysteriously gone without a trace or clue.
On August 4, 1969, a launch was sent from nearby Bimini when calls to the lighthouse repeatedly went unanswered. There the searchers found everything shipshape. Strange voices jolted them only briefly until they realized it was routine chatter over the radio receiver from passing boats.
The Bahamian government tried to suggest a drug smuggling incident, though it seems to be a guess more than an explanation. There was no evidence to suggest that this was the case. Logically, it is hard to understand why drug smugglers would land on a government station and kidnap the employees. The alternative, of course, is that one of the two keepers might have known too much about a smuggling ring and was put out of the way before he could talk— though landing on a government station and killing both keepers seems desperate if not stupid. For most certainly, the lighthouse keepers could radio that an unauthorized boat and some shady characters were landing on the island. Could the drug smugglers take that chance as they boldly approached the island?
What other explanations are there?