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Wreck of the Ten Sail Tour Celebrates Historic Twin Anniversary

Local News 22 Feb, 2022 Follow News

The Cayman Islands National Museum’s Director, Dr. Peggy Leshikar-Denton (5th left), gave a guided tour of the Wreck of the Ten Sail Park in East End, Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Cayman Islands National Museum’s Director, Dr. Peggy Leshikar-Denton gave a guided tour of the Wreck of the Ten Sail Park in East End, Wednesday, 16 February 2022.

Permanent Secretary for Culture & Heritage Mr. Isaac Rankine, MP; The Cayman Islands National Museum’s (CINM) Director, Dr. Peggy Leshikar-Denton, CINM’s Graphic Designer Mr. Brian Watler and Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage Ms Teresa Echeniq

Cayman Islands National Museum’s Graphic Designer Mr. Brian Watler live streams the guided tour given by CINM Director Dr. Peggy Leshikar-Denton while Permanent Secretary for Culture & Heritage Mr. Isaac Rankine, MP and CINM Board member Ms Sharon Hinds v

Dr. Leshikar-Denton’s book about the Wreck of the Ten Sail.

The Cayman Islands National Museum (CINM) continued its contribution to Platinum Jubilee celebrations by hosting a tour of the newly-upgraded Wreck of the Ten Sail Park in East End Wednesday, 16 February.

The event, live streamed on CINM’s Facebook page, coincided with both the 28th anniversary of the opening of the Wreck of the Ten Sail Park by Queen Elizabeth II (27 February 1994), and the 228th anniversary of the actual wreck, which happened 8 February 1794.

Led by CINM’s Director Dr. Peggy Leshikar-Denton, who did a doctoral dissertation and wrote a book on the wreck, the tour was taken by Parliamentary Secretary for Culture & Heritage, Mr. Isaac Rankine; Ministry for Youth, Sport, Culture & Heritage’s Chief Officer, Ms Teresa Echenique; accompanied by CINM’s Deputy Chairperson of the Museum Board Ms Susan Arch-Parsons and CINM board member Ms Sharon Hinds.

On taking the guided tour East End MP Mr. Rankine said: “The tour was a very informative and educational experience. What I previously knew about the Wreck of the Ten Sail was more folklore than anything else. The site is a wonderful resource for teaching people and especially school children more about Caymanian history.

“As one of the Cayman Islands oldest and most famous attractions, the Wreck of the Ten Sail and its park are important parts of our heritage. The site is a unique part of both our maritime legacy and tourism product, which continues to attract locals and international visitors, he added.

Fitted with an accessible walkway, the naturally landscaped coastal park, now includes new signage, a cabana and at the entrance a gift shop, which will open later in the year where district artwork will be sold. As well as taking in the site’s recent enhancements, the group was given a detailed history of the wreck by the museum Director, which included the assistance given by East End locals to the shipwreck survivors.

Following the guided tour, Dr. Leshikar-Denton said: “The Wreck of the Ten Sail is the foremost of Cayman’s many wrecking tales. HMS Convert and nine merchant ships sailing in a convoy of 58 vessels were bound from Jamaica to Great Britain when they were lost on the jagged East End reefs of Grand Cayman. Caymanians came out in their canoes and heroically saved many lives.”

The Director will discuss the Wreck of the Ten Sail with CINM’s Wray Banker and Sterling Dwayne Ebanks on this Friday’s ‘See Wha ah Saying?!’ segment of Radio Cayman’s Talk Today show from 12:15 p.m.

Copies of Dr. Peggy’s book “Cayman’s 1794 Wreck of the Ten Sail: Peace, War and Peril in the Caribbean” are available at the CINM gift shop.


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