Founded Upon the Seas

Holding down the fort: Women left behind in Cayman’s seafaring years

Caymanian men’s entrenched reputation as excellent seafarers, and the resulting exodus of men to work on ships overseas in the ‘50s and ‘60s, left...

Miss Gwen: Matriarch of Cayman seafarers

Behind every great man is a great woman. The phrase was never so true as in the case of Miss Gwendolyn Lily Bush, who in...

From consumption to conservation: Turtles still crucial to Cayman’s economy

Sea turtles continue to play a key role in the Cayman Islands economy. But the iconic sea creatures have become more valuable alive than dead. While past generations of Caymanians relied on turtling for food and as a source of income, modern-day islanders are seeking to preserve and restore turtle populations.

The old men and the sea turtles

The men were rangers, part of a large fleet of Caymanian turtlers scattered across a vast network of mangrove islands and sandbars off the coast of Nicaragua.

Samuel Powery: ‘We always pray for the people at sea’

Samuel Abel Powery, 81, of West Bay was among the first generation of Caymanians recruited by National Bulk Carriers, joining the global shipping operation...

Wrecks of the Cayman Islands

Beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Cayman Islands lies the wreckage of almost 200 ships. Spanning the centuries from sail-powered British naval frigates to...

Modern wrecks serve growing dive industry

The concept would likely have been baffling to the old-school mariners of generations past. But spending significant sums to deliberately sink ships has become the new ‘wrecking’ industry in the Cayman Islands.

Founded it upon the seas

The story of the Cayman Islands is one born of the sea. It is a tale of shipwrecks and siren songs, tragedy and triumph. It is the hardscrabble history of castaways and seamen, the stomping ground of empires, the promise of paradise in the New World.

Tales from beneath the waves

To kick off a new 'Issues' series, the Cayman Compass explores some of the Cayman's spectacular wrecks.
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