50 years ago: Brac news tidbits

In the Nov. 17, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: 

“Welcome home to Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Briggs of Homer, N.Y., come for their winter stay. Mr. Briggs has a poem about it ‘What do you do down there?’ which will be published next week. 

“Kent Green of the Bight away in Barbados on the Cable & Wireless (W.I.) Ltd. training course writes, ‘I am getting along fine and doing well. The School work is very interesting. Here in Barbados the people are very kind and sociable, the atmosphere is cool and balmy. 

“Two Cuban refugees arrived on Mon. the 8th from Santa Cruz del Sur. They made the crossing in one night by sail and motor, they were fishing on the cays. They arrived without a compass, left their nets, and lightened the boat by throwing away 15 turtle (they brought 2 here). 

“The motor boat ‘Sandria’ has been doing some fishing at Little Cayman catching king fish (wahoo), jacks and barracudas. Sportsmen Dr. and Mrs. Leighton Clarke, keen fishermen, enjoyed the trips thoroughly. 

“It was also fun for them to be at the launching of the yacht ‘Cabin’ at White Bay as she came off dry dock. 

“We now learn that the H.M.S. ‘Rothesay’ and not the ‘Relentless’ will be visiting Cayman Brac on the 27th. Mr. Dalton Murray, the British High Commissioner in Jamaica, will be traveling on the warship for just a brief call at the Brac. He will leave for Montego Bay by C.B.A. about 10:30 a.m.”