50 years ago: A bus for the Brac

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Rich wrote:

Cayman-brac--50-years-final“Late afternoon Tuesday, 19th, as Captain Keith Tibbetts drove the green and gold [Chevrolet 48 passenger bus unloaded from the Motor Vessel Kirkchief] on to solid ground cheers of joy resounded through the atmosphere. Within seconds the sun slipped below the horizon. The local community had received their reward for their day’s waiting, for the pulse of life quickens with the arrival of the ships and special cargo claims universal attention.

“The vessel arrived midday on the 18th. There was thought of unloading the bus that afternoon. With an East North East wind blowing, nature proposed the next effort for late afternoon Tuesday when the wind would abate. The pontoon of 57 drums lashed to lumber with native thatch rope manned by Messrs. Bentley Brown, Lionell Bodden, LeRoy Tibbetts and Esmond Brown went out for her. Caymanian seamanship performed its task skillfully.

“The bus is a gift of several independent Baptist churches, primarily of McMinville Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee, of which Rev. Douglas Hastons is pastor and of the Fellowship Church of Greenville, Tennessee, with which Rev. Emery Riggs is associated. They visited the churches here in December past. It is to be used for Sunday school and youth work in an effort to build strong a Christian youth organization on the island. The donors have consigned the use of the bus to the deacon of the Bethel and Fellowship Baptist Churches, Pastor Rev. Randall Douglas.

“On Saturday afternoon, April 30, the bus was decorated with flowers and used to bring the membership of the Bethel Church to the Fellowship Church where the bus was dedicated to the service of God and afterwards the fellowship enjoyed refreshments.”