50 years ago: Retired Navy Cmdr. Roy Stoor visits family

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“A few weeks ago Cayman Brac had the privilege of welcoming for the first time a gentleman of distinction in his service to his country and the Commonwealth in the days of growing Empire. I refer to Lieutenant Commander Roy A. Stoor R.N. (ret’d) who spent 3 weeks with his daughter and son-in-law Capt. and Mrs. Sedley Ritch. From the vantage point of the Ritch’s home on the Bluff at Cotton Tree Bay, he enjoyed the full beauty and warmth of our island; he just could not stop commenting on the blueness of the Caribbean water and the glory of the starry skies at night.

“With the beauty of nature, was combined the friendliness on all sides and many thrilled as he re-lived his experiences in the Battle of Jutland and other assignments in both World Wars. Of particular interest to him is the Cable & Wireless installation, as he participated in some of the birth pangs of the tropospheric scatter system of which our installation is a prototype.

“Lieutenant Commander Stoor as a young man was Commanding Officer for the wireless station of the Royal Navy, Coleyville, Manchester, Jamaica which was set up during World War I. While serving there he married Miss Violet Webb of Coleyville, and two children were born to the marriage, Jane (Mrs. Ritch) and Billy, who is a frequent visitor here.

“Proposed harbour development scheme on Cayman Brac: What would be called an embryonic phase of a new development was carried out at the proposed site during the last three weeks when borings were made to obtain samples of subsoil for analysis and study as an investigation of the feasibility of the proposed harbour. Five borings were drilled in the pond and one on the ironshore at the West End tip of the island.

“Carrying out the survey were Mr. Neville Levy, field supervisor of Soil Testing and Engineering Ltd., of Kingston, Jamaica, an engineering consulting firm who contract drilling and soil investigation, and Mr. James E. White of Standard Dredging Corp., New York, USA, whose business is dredging and soil reclamation. Mr. White took notes of the land condition of the proposed harbour and entrance channel which, with the analysis of subsoil samples, will be a basis of the feasibility of the scheme … ”

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