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Plants of Cultural Importance to the Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Native Trees

Compiled by P. Ann van B. Stafford from the sources listed below

Catboat Woods

Cedar Cedrela odorata Catboat frames, ribs, planking, stem, sternpost, gripe, apron, thwarts & sculls (oars) Petitia domingensis Catboat frames, ribs, stem, sternpost, gripe and apron. Swietenia mahagoni Catboat keel, keelson, frames, ribs, stem, sternpost, gripe, apron, rudder and steering yolk.

Fiddlewood

Mahogany

Pepper Cinnamon Canella winterana Catboat sculls (oars) Pompero Hypelate trifoliata Catboat keel, keelson

Popnut, Plopnut Thespesia populnea Easy wood to work, very durable, not too heavy. Catboat frames, ribs, stem, sternpost, gripe and apron. Sea Grape Coccoloba uvifera Catboat frames, ribs, stem, sternpost, gripe and apron. Cordia gerascanthus Catboat mast, boom and gaff

Spanish Elm

Thatch, Silver Thatch Coccothrinax proctorii Strop, rope

References: Love's Dance ­ The Catboat of the Caymanes by H.E. Ross, Part Two: How It Is Made. Chapter Three How to Build a Traditional Caymanian Catboat by Ira Walton, page 21 World Archaeology 1985. Vol. 16. No.3 The Caymanian Catboat: a West Indian maritime legacy by Roger C. Smith

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