Ship salutes Sister Islands in honor of Mary McCoy

Raymond Scott speaks via radio with the captain of the Hoegh Trooper as the ship passes by the Brac. - PHOTO: Heidi Kiss

The Hoegh Trooper, a 656-foot-long cargo ship, rerouted to pass close to Cayman Brac last week and blew its whistle 10 times to honor Little Cayman’s Mary McCoy, a pioneer in tourism on Little Cayman who passed away last month.

Raymond Scott organizes ships to pass by the islands whenever a seaman or his wife dies, and blow the whistle in their honor.

The Hoegh Trooper was traveling from Ghana, its last port of call, to Mexico, loaded with 4,791 cars and pickup trucks and one excavator, according to Mr. Scott, who spoke with the captain of the vessel. The captain and his crew were from the Philippines.

Mr. Scott said he asked the ship to pass by the Sister Islands and blow its whistle “as a salute and remembrance of the great lady Ms. Mary McCoy.”

He said he was unable to get a ship to come by when Ms. McCoy passed away on Sept. 13.

Mr. Scott said the Hoegh Trooper was one of the biggest vehicle carriers in the world, with a capacity for 6,500 cars. He said an even bigger sister ship, also owned by Hoegh, is scheduled to pass by Grand Cayman this week.