The People Time Forgot: Ronald Martin Ebanks

Ronald Martin Ebanks was known as one of West Bay’s top fishermen. Shown in this photograph taken in the early ‘80s, he carries a huge tuna which he had caught that day along with several wahoo and barracudas. Some people considered the life of a fisherman hard work, but not Ronald. He claimed, “The hardest thing about fishing was getting the boat in the water and pulling the pull cord to start the engine,” and after that it’s all pleasure.

Then again, one time he pulled the start cord and the engine did not start; he drifted for three days. On the fourth day, he was spotted near Honduras by a search plane and later returned to Cayman. He passed away in 2003.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.

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