50 years ago: Rankine Whittaker wedding, barges shelter

Northside-50-years-finalIn the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Arriving on the 9th was Mr. Leslie O. Chisholm to spend his annual vacation with his mother and other relatives.

“On the 5th, there was a lovely wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Rankine of Old Man Bay. Their oldest daughter Donna was united in marriage to Mr. McAllister Whittaker.

“The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lewin Williams.

“Miss Cynthia Whittaker was Maid of Honour and Miss Jewel Whittaker was bridesmaid. Mr. Linsey Ebanks was best man and Mr. W. Connolly was groomsman.

“Mrs. Leroy Powell sang ‘O Perfect Love.’ There was a large crowd of family and friends present.

“It seems as if North Side will soon be linked up with the other districts of Cayman, as well as the outside world by Cable & Wireless. The aerial has been put up on Mr. W. Ebanks’ shop, and we look forward to all the necessary equipment being installed in a short time.

“We hope that the roads will soon be given the necessary attention, thus making travelling into this part of the island more comfortable not only for our visiting friends, but making walking more pleasant for those who are not so fortunate as to have a car.

“The new United Church is well on the way now, the roof is being put on and at a glance one can see what a lovely building it will be when completed. The members of the Church would like through this medium to thank all those who have been sending contributions to aid us in this work of faith.

“The family of the late William Chisholm, as well as the Church, would like to acknowledge the receipt of a generous cheque from Mr. Martin Hirsch of the U.S. in memory of Mr. Chisholm.

“At anchor off Old Man Bay were two American barges for a couple of days, sheltering to avoid sailing into the storm. Several of the young men from this district went out and boarded the barges for a chat with the crews.”


  1. I think that the Mr. Martin Hirsch in this article must have been one of the longest visitors to Cayman . When I first took mr. Hirsch out on my north sound lunch trip in the mid 70s , he usually went out with Captain Ertis Ebanks , and he would go one day with me and one day with Captain Ertis , then after I got a much bigger boat he would go out with me about 3 or 4 times per vist until 1994 . I think that Mr Martin and his wife Ingrid Hirsch was the nicest people I’ve known.

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