50 years ago: Seamen come ashore for a visit

Northside-50-years-finalIn the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“On Monday, April 11th the MV ‘Chemical Trader’ called in at George Town for two days, giving the Cayman crew an opportunity to see their families. Mr. Niven Miller, who had been on her for a few months, remained at home and his son Byron sailed in his place. Mr. Quinston Connolly also sailed on her. Mr. Franklin Ebanks also had an opportunity of visiting his family, and sailed again on the 13th for Houston, Texas.

“Mr. and Mrs. Barton Whittaker of Old Man Bay were the happy parents of their first child, a daughter born on April 9th at the hospital in George Town.

“Arriving home on the 17th was Mr. Owen Rivers. Having had an operation for appendicitis in Canada, he is home on sick leave.

“The annual harvest festival of the United Church was held on Thursday, 14 April at the church. The service of thanksgiving commenced at 4:30 p.m. The Minister, Rev. L. Williams, conducted the service and preached a very appropriate sermon, taking as his text Haggai 1.6 (a).

“The sale of provisions, cakes, ice cream etc. took place after the service. An amount of 45 pounds 15 shillings was raised.”

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