50 years ago: Accomplishments praised and incidents at sea

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“We offer congratulations to Mrs. Warren Conolly on her appointment as Acting Director of Education. Islay is the eldest daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Harris Bodden of the Creek and we are humbly proud of this promotion awarded our ‘daughter of the soil.’

“Yet another glow of pride fills us with the advancement of Capt. Harold Banks of the Rock, West End to Chief Officer on the Danginn on Aug. 28. The Danginn is the palatial yacht of Mr. Ludwig, owner of National Bulk Carriers, Inc. Harold is from Little Cayman.

“Mr. Samson McCoy of Spot Bay brought home the first kingfish of the season. It weighed 20 pounds, but the catch was followed by an accident …

“Towing off the turn of the bluff, Mr. McCoy hooked the fish and threw him in the boat. He hit the fish. It jumped. He saw blood running from his leg. He cannot tell whether it was the fish’s teeth or the hook that gave him two slashes to the bone on the right leg, one 3 1/2 inches the other 8 inches. He was taken immediately on landing to the clinic… He is recovering satisfactorily.

“On Saturday … Mr. Amalek Scott of Spot Bay and his nine year old son Eddie had gone towing off the bluff and had not returned. Boats put out in search of them. Around 7 p.m. Messrs. Aaron Tatum and Silis Bodden came upon them some 50 fathoms offshore at Booby Point. They had paddled their way in with their hands for approximately three miles in as many hours.”

“In a simple, quiet marriage ceremony Veneta Martin (popularly called Annie) Nickelson Christian became the bride of Glendell Collins Dilbert on Sept. 24 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the Creek, Mr. Taylor Foster presiding.

“We welcome these little strangers born at Nurse Petrona Bodden’s home: Aug. 3, a 10 pound girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest (Stubby) Bodden of Watering Place; Sept. 12 a 6 pound girl to Mr. and Mrs. Lodsely Christian of Spot Bay; and Sept. 13 their first boy weighing 9 1/2 pounds to Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield Connolly of Watering Place.”