50 years ago: Snorkeler discovers bazooka shell

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the Sept. 21, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from East End included:

“On Sunday, the 11th, whilst snorkeling at East End between the reef and the land abreast Merren’s Branch Store, Mr. Jimmy Bryant found a bazooka shell of British origin laying on the bottom.

“Last Saturday morning it was taken to Prospect and an attempt was made to explode it on the ironshore. Between them, Jimmy with his 22 bolt rifle and Constable [Rudolph] Evans with his 303 regular army rifle, riddled it with bullets but as it failed to explode, the safety catch was removed and it was abandoned in the sea.

“It is thought that this may be a relic from the military exercise held at East End in January 1965.”

More news from East End included:

“Mr. Vernon Dixon left on the 15th to spend some time in Jamaica, also on the same flight was Mrs. Pamela Dixon.

“Returning to the U.S. on Sept. 18 after spending a short vacation was Mrs. Evangeline Rankin and Mrs. Harold Banks.

“Mr. Chesley Conolly left on the Sept. 18 to seek employment in the U.S.

“Mr. Rayburn Conolly left for Jamaica on the Sept. 18.”
In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Arriving home on Sunday were Messrs. Hortor McCoy, Coulidge Connolly and Burton Ebanks. These seamen are all employees of National Bulk Carriers.

“Lovely showers of rain have been falling during the past week for which the residents of this district are grateful, as the dust from the traffic was really a menace to the people living so close to the roadway.

“It is hoped that all friends and well-wishers of the United Church here will be in attendance at the stone laying ceremony to be held on the 22nd at 5:30 p.m. There will also be refreshments of cake, ice cream, etc., on sale.

“Mr. James B. Ebanks came in unexpectedly from Venezuela via Jamaica on the Cayman Brac Airways plane from Montego Bay. He was on the Ore Meteor.”