Jamaican Caving Notes
MAY 11, 2003
HISTORY CAVE, AKA JOHN'S CAVE
Position: WGS84 - 18 10 45.0 N, 77 09 03.1 W, Alt 380 m, +/- 15 m
Field notes: R. S. STEWART
Cavers: R. S. Stewart, I. C. Conolley, M. Taylor
July 19, 2010 - Later determined to be the first section of Swansea Cave, with inaccuracy of the JU position having led us astray.
This cave is located on the west side of Lluidas Vale and was found while we were hunting for Slue's Cave. It is close to, and east of, Swansea and Sand Hole Gully Caves. It is easily found as one first encounters the hills on the west wall of the Vale. It does not appear to be listed in JU, but possibly, it was not noted in consideration of it being almost a part of the approach to the other listed caves.
The people of the district commonly know of the cave, much more so than the other systems found close-by, no doubt due to its simple, accessible nature. It is referred to as History Cave or John's Cave. The name, History Cave, is appropriate, for one finds a number of signatures on the walls of the cave, some dating back to the early 1800's. In one place, a signature was seen from 1820, "John Thom", done with an almost calligraphic quality, and another from 1827.
It consists of a very well-bedded chamber, apx 50 m E-W, 25 m N-S, and has two entrances, to the E and W. The chamber is very dry and this has allowed the pencil-written signature of John Thom to survive for so many years. Much of it is twilight zone but there are some fruitbats in residence. No breccia was seen.
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