Wreck of Ten Sails featured on Swiss watch

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has released a limited edition diver’s watch commemorating the Cayman Islands and the historic wreck of the Ten Sails.

The watchmaker said in a press release that it produced only 50 of the watches, which pay tribute to the 1794 event when 10 ships in a convoy wrecked on a Grand Cayman reef.

“Fortunately for the ships’ crews and passengers, some very brave Caymanians living in Bodden Town and the East End of Grand Cayman Island came to the aid of those ten ships and rescued the majority of passengers and crew, with very little loss of life,” the company said in a press release.

According to the watchmaker’s press release, “Local legend is that the Wreck of the Ten Sails resulted in the abolition of taxation in the Cayman Islands. According to the legend, a member of the passenger list for the 10 vessels included a royal prince, one of the sons of Britain’s King George III.

“The legend further states that when the King was apprised of the bravery on the part of the Caymanians in saving the crews and passengers of the foundering ships, he decided to repay their bravery. The reward became a decree that the people of the Cayman Islands would thereafter be free from war conscription and taxes.”

 

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