Show Notes: The Wreck of the Ten Sail

Tracy Wilson

An artist's rendition of crew frantically throwing cargo from a shipwreck. Dorling Kindersley/iStockphoto/ThinkStock

Late this winter, I visited the Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town, Grand Cayman. I'd been there once before, but this time, a video caught my eye that I hadn't seen the last time around. It very briefly told the story of the Wreck of the Ten Sail.

At first, we thought the Ten Sail was particularly large ship that had wrecked, but it turned out that our conclusion was far less dramatic than what really happened. Ten sail wrecked off the coast of Grand Cayman in 1794. Not one ship with ten sails ... ten entire ships. It was the worst shipping disaster in Cayman Islands history.

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For more knowledge: Taken by the Sea: 11 Real-life Shipwrecks and How Pirates Work

Episode download link: Wreck of the Ten Sail

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