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Wreck of the Ten Sails


Wreck of the Ten Sails

According to research, in 1794, a great maritime tragedy took place on Grand Cayman. "The Wreck of the Ten Sails" is legendary, recalling the tragedy of the Cordelia, part of a convoy of merchant ships headed to Britain from Jamaica.

Cordelia ran aground on the reef at the East End and frantically sent a signal to the other ships to warn them off the dangerous coral. Sadly, the signal was misunderstood and, one by one, the tall ships sailed into the reef. Residents of East End were credited for their quick actions that left no life unsaved, an act that King George III later recognized.

Various stories explain that King George III granted the islands freedom from conscription and other versions say that the king gave the islands freedom from taxation.


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