Crosstree back at Museum

Life will soon be back to total normal at the National Museum, as the crosstree, ripped from its maritime flagpole during Hurricane Ivan, was re-installed on 28 May.

Keeping with the goal of preserving the islands’ national heritage, the museum installed a gaff-rigged pole that was recovered from a retired Caymanian vessel in the 90s, when the buildings were outfitted for their new role.

The crosstree was first introduced during the 18th Century to prevent the expansive array of rigging and sails on most ships from blocking the view of national ensigns, usually displayed at the top of poles.

The extension of the crosstree on either side of the pole offered clearer viewing to approaching ships.

Before Hurricane Ivan, warning flags were flown from the crosstree, signalling the potential approach of severe weather.

On hand for the installation was Acting Director of the National Museum Doss Solomon, who said, ‘I am happy that the National Museum has resumed its role of providing this public service with regard to hurricane awareness and preparation.’

The replica crosstree was fashioned by Mike Farrington, of Compass Marine Ltd, while CUC Senior Linemen Harold Rivers and David Bodden carried out the installation with the aid of a bucket truck.