Outreach efforts maintain precious ties for seafarers

From left, Seafarers Association representatives Ludivene Dilbert (treasurer), Ola Powery (council member), and Captain Owen Farrington (president) with Seafarer Joseph H. Ebanks of Boatswains Bay, seated. - Photo: Eziethamae Bodden

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association’s community visitations are part of an effort to keep in touch with older seafarers or members who can no longer attend Association meetings.

On Aug. 7, Cayman Islands Seafarers Association members Members Ludivene Dilbert, Ola Powery, and Association president Captain Owen Farrington visited Joseph H. Ebanks of Boatswains Bay, West Bay.

Mr. Ebanks started his sea life at the tender age of 13, traveling to the Miskito Cays where he worked for a number of years before starting his seaman’s career on National Bulk Carriers. As a seaman Mr. Ebanks traveled around the world from the 1940s to the 1960s. Now at the age of 92, after a recent stroke, Mr. Ebanks can no longer attend the CISA meetings which have been an important part of his life.

During the visit Captain Farrington read a scripture from Matthew and conducted a prayer, followed by a prayer by Mrs. Dilbert. Mrs. Powery then handed out a song sheet with the music of “The Lord is my Shepherd” which was sung by all in attendance. Mr. Ebanks then requested “Blessed Assurance (This is my Story this is my Song).”

After chatting with Mr. Ebanks, another prayer wound up the visit.

“While we had come to encourage Mr. Ebanks, it was Mr. Ebanks who had inspired us,” said Mr. Farrington.