Maritime museum discussed for Cayman

Discussions are taking in place to
set up a combined Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Museum and Museum of Maritime History.

Speaking at the recent Cayman
Islands Tourism Association general marketing meeting, Acting Director of
Tourism Shomari Scott noted that there was an online ‘virtual museum’ at the
scuba diving hall of fame website already.

“Until there’s a physical museum,
we made the decision a few years back to have a travelling museum so certain
items were purchased for the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and we have different
display cases so when we go to certain dive shows, we are able to display
different artefacts.

“This of course helps with the
conversation moving forward of why it’s being housed in Cayman Islands and of course [we are] world-renowned for
diving,” said Mr Scott, who showed attendees a selection of the artefacts that
had been accumulated so far.

Attraction

The rare historical items are
currently housed in the United
States to enable easy movement of the travelling
museum to various shows.

The historical artefacts help to
promote the Cayman Islands diving industry, he
added.

“The [idea of a] physical Hall of
Fame has been on the table for a while, of course due to budget constraints et
cetera. Currently there are some discussions going on about having a
private-public type partnership where we would be able to have a Scuba Diving
Hall of Fame and also include our maritime history.

“So it would serve two purposes and
would have international artefacts and inductees as well as our great local
maritime history. That would be a great attraction for us and the sport here,”
explained the acting tourism director.

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