50 years ago: Ships weather Hurricane Alma; rainy Queen’s birthday

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news out of George Town included:

George-Town-50-years-final“The three ships which gave everyone cause for deep and sincere concern when hurricane Alma menaced the Caribbean last week, are … safe in George Town harbor.

“The ‘Kirkco’ had to be abandoned by her crew for many hours and tossed it out in the harbour.

“To everyone’s amazement, she did not break adrift although one of her anchor chains parted. The imbibers who awaited ashore were no doubt disappointed that she did no smash up on the ironshore as her cargo included beer, spirits etc.

“The ‘Cayman Hope’ and the ‘Temac’ who were on their way to Cayman, battled through heavy seas and dreadful weather. The ‘Cayman Hope’ had steering trouble and a shortage of lube oil to add to her difficulties.

“Practically every radio in the Cayman Islands, it is almost certain, stayed tuned to the wavelength on which the ship-to-shore radio conversations could be picked up and everyone breathed a sigh of relief and thankfulness when the ships came through the storm and made safe harbour.”

In other news:

“On Saturday last, there was a heavy downpour of rain just prior to the time appointed for the ceremony in honour of the birthday of H.M. the Queen. This meant that a shortened and less impressive ceremony had to be held inside the Town Hall … Three hearty cheers were given for Her Majesty after which Her message for Commonwealth Day, also celebrated on this occasion, was read by His Honour [the Administrator] …

“The gathering then dispersed and many took advantage of the kind invitation of His Honour to go to Government House. Here the sun was shining and everyone took the opportunity of congratulating both recipients on the honours conferred on them by Her Majesty.”

George Town correspondent Leila Yates also noted:

“We are happy to have Miss Annie H. Bodden, M.L.A., back home again from Miami after her recent illness. We wish for her continued health to carry on her good work.”