Storms: 1800 - 1899
1812 October: A hurricane struck Grand Cayman.
1835 August: No details are available on the storm.
1837-1838 September: The year is uncertain since conflicting reports exist. October John Drayton, Custos, reported on two violent hurricanes in Grand Cayman on 28 September and 25 October (both either in 1837 or 1838). He said they blew down one church and seriously damaged the other. Upwards of 100 dwellings were totally destroyed and not a single home entirely escaped damage. "Out of 18 vessels belonging to the island and by which the inhabitants draw their principal means of support, 13 have been wrecked; every plantation and provision ground utterly destroyed; and unless Christian sympathy be awakened and Christian benevolence extended, many of the inhabitants will be involved in the deepest and bitterest distress."
1846 October: Mr. R. Tulloch Coe of Spotts wrote an eyewitness account, noting that the hurricane of 10 October was preceded by very stormy weather "before its actual fury burst forth; it submerged all the lower land of the island; the sea going right across through Newlands, destroying all vegetation and herbage for man and beast wherever it ran... The sea in its mad progress filled with salt water all the wells in the middle of the island with the exception of the first well in Boddentown and for over a year afterwards people had to journey to that well to get water for drinking purposes, many of them travelling for miles and miles... The number of fish washed up by the sea and the dead animals in the pastures was a source of great danger, as interment was next to impossible. But fortunately no disease arose from this source... Foodstuffs were always scanty but after the storm there was nothing left save the root of the poison cassava which of necessity became the principal article of diet. People were all panic stricken at their loss and the terrible condition of their island homes. But the advent of one or two valuable wrecks soon afterwards revived their spirits and taking courage not much time was lost in re-establishing themselves."
1876 October: Mr. Edmund Parsons wrote an eyewitness account of the hurricane that started on 12 October and ended the morning of the 17th. No lives were lost, but property damage was considerable. All the churches and most of the houses were totally destroyed while those that remained standing were so badly damaged they were scarcely habitable. All of the vessels in the different harbours were either driven ashore or broken up. Mr. Parsons observed that, after the hurricane, "a terrible scene presented itself to the eye, the whole foreshore was covered with debris and wreckage, trees uptorn by roots, houses smashed into kindling wood. All the provision grounds were utterly destroyed and a famine was only averted by the generosity of Jamaica and other places, who came to our assistance."