Stingray City, Captains Log

RIP CAPTAIN MARVIN

We cannot let the passing of an island legend go by without bidding him farewell.

Captain Marvin, who is credited with being the first Caymanian to commercialise Stingray City in Grand Cayman, passed away late December 2014 aged 98.

Captain Marvin - the pioneer of Stingray City Grand Cayman (photo - The Cayman Islands Business Journal)

Captain Marvin - the pioneer of Stingray City Grand Cayman (photo - The Cayman Islands Business Journal)

Many of the local Cayman fisherman can still relate first hand stories of how it all began - with their day's catch being cleaned at the sandbar before making their way home. Gradually, the stingrays became accustomed to this easy buffet, and friendly to the folk that brought it.

The enterprising and social Captain Marvin would meet visitors to the island asking what attractions should to be visited. And so, on a borrowed sailboat, he took his first tourists to snorkel and visit the stingrays in the North Sound - 1951 was the year.

In those days, all kinds of rays were to be found, including Eagle Rays, Leopard Rays and Manta Rays and more conch than you could ever imagine. His tours would last all day long and include a lunch on a beach near Rum Point - he would prepare whatever he had caught and serve this up with his wife's famous potato salad.

His business flourished from then, and has been kept as a family concern providing employment to his children, grand children and even great grand children!

We wish we had had the honour of listening to some of his stories, of which he must have had many. We are privileged to be a part of this industry and will strive every day to take care of what he started.

So long Cap'n - we salute you and look forward to exchanging stories on the other side!