“Darley Solomon was an Ordinary Seaman on board the ill-fated tanker Texaco Massachusetts when she collided with the Alva Cape in New York harbour last month. Solomon is an National Maritime Union member. He helped the bosun, a non-swimmer to safety. Another Bodden Towner on the same ship was Norman Bodden.
“Hundreds of our seamen now serve on ships around the world. Catastrophes such as the one mentioned above claim the lives of Caymanians every year. Thirty three seamen of mixed nationalities lost their lives in last month’s disastrous collision.
“Founded upon the seas, the Cayman Islands share in all the prosperities or adversities which come from seafaring.
“One should never cease to praise the heroism of the gallant men who go down to the sea in ships, and who do business in deep waters. Despite rumours to the contrary our seamen are still among the best disciplined in the world, and can always be depended on to behave like men in emergencies.
“On the Bodden Town-George Town road one is struck by the misbehaviour and malpractices of the big vehicles being operated thereon. If it were not such a dangerous sport it would indeed be funny to watch the acrobatics the drivers of small vehicles perform when trying to avoid being hit.
“The drivers of this heavy equipment appear to have no knowledge of the section of the law which says that ‘When a vehicle is not in motion it must be parked as far to the left as possible.’ Many of these monsters on wheels are stopped and parked at random without any consideration for pint-sized autos.
“Nearly all of the heavily armoured vehicles seem reluctant to move from the centre of the tarmac when crossing less defensive objects. Motorists in more conventional vehicles cannot win in a hand to hand encounter with these automotive monstrosities, and are, therefore, forced to the very brink of the road, and sometimes barely manage to scrape by in one piece.
“There are a few courteous drivers of the big vehicles but they are far outnumbered by a host of others who hog the road by reason of their superior armament.”