William H. White’s new Edward Ballantyne adventure, Gun Bay, was published on 2 July 2013 and is now available in the UK and the US.
In February 1794 ten ships, nine merchants and a Royal Navy frigate, wrecked on the reef at the east end of Grand Cayman Island. They were part of a convoy of fifty-eight ships that had left Jamaica only a few days prior and were bound for North America and England.
Edward Ballantyne, White’s fictitious narrator from When Fortune Frowns, returns to tell the story of this disastrous event, still well-known in Cayman lore and, while the bones of the wrecked ships are no longer visible, several cannon from the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Convert can be found in the front yards of homes along the bluff above Gun Bay. There is naturally a great deal of “folk lore” associated with the event, but the Cayman Archives hold part of the story; the rest can be found in archives in England, Jamaica, and France.