Same here and I even met the old reprobate on several occasions. First time I saw one of the amphibs struggling ashore on the ramp at Cat Cay during a fishing trip in the early 60’s I was hooked and that’s what I was going to fly when I grew up.
Flew them many, many times over the years afterwards, here’s the old terminal on Bimini:
Likewise…growing up in Miami, they were a great sight to see to an impressionable kid. My dad would always make it a point to park over by thier base on Watson Island, by the Port of Miami coming back from the beach, and watch them do thier water t/o s. But I didnt know they had Albatrosses? I only remember the Mallards in thier fleet?
Edit: And looking back at the pic…thats definitely NOT a Mallard…but an HU-16. I know this becuase I lived near OPF, and the CG based thier HU-16s thier in the 60s and 70s. What a shame not too many of these babys left.