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What is this bird with a long white tail?

The Question: A seabird showed up every day to circle our sailboat 200-300 miles northeast of the Bahamas. One day there were 3 of them, but most days there was just one. It looked ‘gull-like’ and was very white with striking black trim around the trailing edge of his wing feathers. The tail is long and string-like in appearance (versus a fan of feathers). What bird is this?

Submitted by: Ed, NC

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