It is believed that mermaids, or “River Mummas” as they are called in Jamaica, live in a bottomless hole just below the bridge. Many believe that the mermaids are the reason each attempt to establish railing on the bridge has proven futile.
During construction, each plantation around Bog Walk area was required to provide one slave in every fifty to work on the bridge. Many slaves lost their lives and some Jamaicans believe those bodies were used as foundation for the piers. Truth is, the two piers that support the bridge are constructed with piles and braces interlaced with masonry.
Legend has it that there is a gold table in the water under Flat Bridge that surfaces on the hottest days at noon in the river. Clinton Black’s Tales of Old Jamaica recounts a story where 24 bulls and 6 screaming slaves drowned after they tried to retrieve the table under the instructions of their plantation owner.
What stories have you heard about Jamaica’s Flat Bridge?