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You can cruise to unveil the mystery of Isle of Caprice

Isle of Caprice off the coast of Biloxi was a Gulf playground in the 1920s. A cruise on Oct. 9 out to where the island still exists below the surface of the Gulf will take passengers back in time.
Isle of Caprice off the coast of Biloxi was a Gulf playground in the 1920s. A cruise on Oct. 9 out to where the island still exists below the surface of the Gulf will take passengers back in time.

The legend of the Isle of Caprice lingers more than 80 years after the resort island off the coast of Biloxi disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, passengers on an Oct. 9 history cruise will sail out to the site.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is sponsoring the history cruise that will board at 1:30 p.m. at Point Cadet Marina. The Captain Pete passenger ferry, operated by Ship Island Excursions, pushes off at 2 p.m. and will cruise the Gulf for three hours.

Passengers will enjoy food, cocktails and live music as people did when several ferries carried passengers from the mainland to the island resort 12 miles offshore from Biloxi in the 1920s. Presentations during the cruise will bring the island’s history to life.

Built by Walter Henry “Skeet” Hunt, the resort was expanded each year. It eventually had a pavilion, a casino, dance hall, restaurant and bath houses before a fire destroyed the buildings, and the island disappeared in the early 1930s.

Tickets for the cruise are $50 per person and available at the Maritime and Seafood Museum, 115 First St., Biloxi. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased by Oct. 8.

The museum also is hosting an Isle of Caprice exhibit through Nov. 15.

Details: 435-6320

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