Another morning was spent at the graveyard plotting, transcribing and photographing graves. Today, however, we also managed a quick look inside the church. Its roof is badly damaged and letting in water though there are plans afoot to do the necessary repairs: however, as the damage was 2008 this may still take some time. There isn’t much inside but what remains shows this to have been in interesting and important parish church.
There were a few more insights into local life and a few graves with a little bit of useful additional history. Jeremiah Denis Murphy was one of today’s graves; it tells us that he hailed from Courtmasherry in County Cork and came to Grand Turk where he died aged about 63. He is a local character of some repute being an early pioneer of deep-sea diving (with all the hard helmets and pipes that were involved at the time). Much of the tourist economy, other than the cruise ships, is now reliant on the continuation of this early foray underwater.