returned home in 1874 when he rejoined the Richmond as First Mate.
He held this position until 1892 when the schooner was condemned.
In the same year Dillet travelled to England returning home at the
helm of the new Tender the S. S. Richmond.
service on this vessel lasted until 1906 when that schooner was
discarded. At age sixty-one he joined the new Tender S. S. Carnavon
serving with that vessel until 1910 when he was pensioned because
of his age.
his nautical profession Captain Dillet was also interested in writing.
Being a keen writer he was contributor and correspondent to the
Nassau Guardian, the Nassau
Times and The Freeman. He
edited the latter for a short while. He also contributed literary
works to the Watchman and was the Associate
Editor of the Strombus during its existence.
He was a correspondent for The Tribune
from its inception and in fact edited that newspaper for a short
time while its editor vacationed in Canada.
age sixty-nine Stephen Albert Dillet became active in war work when
he was appointed to the membership of the Executive body of the
War Relief Committee during World War One 1914-1918.
was also a member of the Recruiting Committee which was responsible
for obtaining local volunteers for active war service. He accompanied
several of The Bahamas 'Contingents to Jamaica where they were attached
to the British West India Regiment. On one occasion he commanded
the vessel transporting the volunteers to Jamaica.
many months during the First World War, Dillet was "Admiral"
of the fleet which searched Bahamian waters for suspected submarine
bases and men-o-war. He was on duty on board the Flagship Coraline
when that vessel was blown up off Grand Bahama. As a result of this
calamity he lost one of his eyes.
a man of extraordinary character Dillet was not only involved in
navigation, literature and newspaper work but was also involved
in the social and cultural aspects of the society.
1882 he founded the Bahamas Branch of the Rechabites, a Friendly
Society organized along English lines and registered in England.
This society was likened to insurance companies and it had a rigid
code of honour and conduct. Dillet was also a leader in many other
Societies and Orders.
1868 Dillet was married to Elizabeth Rae and from this union came
three children namely Elizabeth Stuart, Lillian Clarke and Stephen
Argo Dillet. Being a man of high moral character Dillet was scandalized
in 1892 when he became aware of the liaison between his eldest daughter
and James Carmichael Smith, the Post Master of The Bahamas. As a
result of this illicit affair Dillet's daughter became pregnant.
Aided and abetted by Smith she ran away to America where she was
discovered by her father. Too ashamed to return to Nassau she was
taken to England to live. Smith when confronted with his dastardly
deeds denied having fathered the child, and ruined Dillet's daughter's
name by calling her a prostitute. The succeeding inquiry into the
affair led to a scandal which caused Dillet much pain and Smith
his job as Post Master.
August man known to many people as "Captain Dillet, Brother
Dillet, Admiral and Our Grand Old Man" departed this life on
19 November 1930. He was buried at sea with all the pomp and ceremony
due to the man who had been "a familiar figure in the life
of the colony for many years ... a character in the history of these
islands... well known to several generations of Bahamians."