50 years ago: ‘Largest ever’ blue marlin caught, towed to shore

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“On Wednesday the 21st Mr. Bertram Conolly and Mr. Hoyt McLaughlin raised and boated a blue marlin believed to be the largest ever caught on this end of the island. The fish was hooked about 2 1/2 miles offshore and after a furious battle was eventually towed into the sound and onto Sand Key Bar where it was killed and brought into shore. This giant of the sea was 9 feet 6 inches long with a tail spread of 3 feet 8 1/2 inches.

“Mrs. Calvin Whittaker and 14 month old son returned on the 22nd to spend some time with her in-laws.

“Mr. and Mrs. Evelyn McLaughlin and daughter Stephanie returned to the U.S. on the 22nd after an enjoyable holiday.

“Mr. Rayburn Conolly left on the 25th to fill a post as Third Engineer for National Bulk Carriers.”

In the same issue, North Side news included:

“A goodly gathering, representative of the whole island, attended the Stone-Laying ceremony at the North Side (United) Church on Thursday last at 5:30 p.m.

“Rev. J. Lord conducted the service which was held in the present Church building and after the opening hymn and prayer a welcome was given by the Rev. Lewin Williams, Minister of the Church, who said they were grateful to those attending for sharing their worship and their wealth with the North Side congregation.

“Mrs. Nettie McCoy gave a progress report … [and] after a further Hymn and receiving of the offering … five members of the Bodden Town choir sang the anthem ‘O how amiable are thy dwellings,’ accompanied by Ms. Theoline McCoy.

“The Rev. R.G. Coke preached the sermon based on the text ‘I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon; but let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon.’”

“After a further hymn the congregation proceeded to the site of the new building where stones were laid by Rev. J. Lord on behalf of the Cayman Council; Miss U.I Bush on behalf of Dr. Roy McTaggart; Mr. Onley Ebanks for Mr. James Arch, builder; Mr. Roy Chisholm on behalf of his mother and in memory of his father, Mr. W.O. Chisholm; Mrs. Ditha Ebanks in memory of her husband Mr. Ernest Ebanks; the McCoy sisters; Mrs. Alverine Ebanks in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Ebanks; Mr. George C. McCoy in memory or Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCoy; Mrs. Ida Chisholm in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Avon Smith; Mrs. Edna Chisholm in memory of her father, Mr. Willbanks Miller; Mr. Logan Bodden on behalf of Webster Memorial Church, Bodden Town; Mrs. Arlen McCoy on behalf of herself, Arlen and their children; Mrs. Harris McCoy on behalf of herself and her husband; Miss Glenda Miller for the Christian Endeavour Society … With the 130 pounds donated for stones the total raised on this occasion amounted to 218 pounds, 17 shillings and 9 pence.”

Other North Side news from district correspondent Nettie McCoy included:

“A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCoy on Sept. 24 at the Hospital, George Town. This is their 6th child and 4th son.

“Mrs. Lewis McField has returned from Jamaica where she took her little boy to St. Christopher’s School.

“Also returning form Jamaica was Mrs. Solomon Ebanks.

“Mr. Hartley Rivers left for Kingston on the 25th to visit his sister Zeta who is there under the doctor’s care.

“On the same plane was Miss Rebie Whittaker.

“Arriving home on Sunday was Mrs. Phemelia Whittaker who has been on a long vacation in New York.”