50 years ago: Turtlers return from Mosquito Cays

In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEB“After completing a successful three months on the Mosquito Cays, the turtle trappers returned to their wives and loved ones on May 17. As a result, meat has been plentiful but at various prices. Some butchers have been selling green turtle meat at 3 shillings per pound, other butchers have been selling at 2 shillings 6 pence per pound to try and keep the price down.

“We all hope this effort will be successful as everyone feels 3 shillings is asking too much.

“Mr. Denby Rankin left the island on the May 21 to visit some friends.

“Mr. Berkley McLean left the island on May 14 to resume work with National Bulk Carriers.

“Mr. Carlton Pearson left for Jamaica on May 15 to resume work with National Bulk Carriers.”

In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“On Sunday 22nd, Mr. Clem Ryan and his mother left for Jamaica. They were accompanied by Mrs. Berkeley Bodden and her little grandson. Clem has taken his mother for medical aid.

“Mrs. David Ebanks left on the 21st for a short vacation in Miami. While there, she will have the pleasure of meeting with her husband whose ship runs in to Miami.

“Arriving home on Thursday May 25 was Miss Jennilee Ebanks, who was sent to Jamaica for medical aid. She reports that she is feeling much improved.

“Home on a month’s vacation is Miss Vivia Connolly, looking very fresh after spending several months in the U.S. where she is working.

“On Thursday, May 25, a shower was held at the home of Mrs. Linton Whittaker in honour of Miss Quinsey Gay Whittaker. The bride-to-be received many lovely and useful gifts.

“It is very disappointing to be told that the work on the road will again be stopped before coming into the district.

“Since the recent rains there are some terrible potholes, that could well do with a little of the surplus marl that is being heaped on places not so badly in need of it as where the residents of the districts have to trudge day after day.”