50 years ago: District pride in two young seamen

Northside-50-years-finalIn the May 11, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Those arriving recently were Mr. Patrick Frederick, who went to Miami on a short business trip, and Mr. Clinton Whittaker, employee of National Bulk Carriers, who has come to spend his vacation with family and friends.

“Mr. McTavish Miller also arrived on Thursday 9th from National Bulk Carriers to spend his vacation.

“Leaving by B.W.I.A. on Thursday 5 were Mr. Winson Miller, who has his 3rd Mate licence. He has gone to join the S.S. Petro Emperor.

“Leaving on Sunday 8 by LACSA were Messrs. Arlen McCoy and Bernard Chisholm. Bernard, who has his chief engineers licence, has gone to join the S.S. Ore Transport as 1st Assistant. Arlen has his master’s licence and has gone to take up work with the West Indian Shipping Co. This will be his first trip to sea as master of a ship. He has been offered a relief job as Capt. of Inagua Tem, with the prospect of a permanent job.

“These two young men, both aged 27 years, have progressed well since setting out to sea some nine years ago, and their hometown of North Side feels quite proud of its seamen. We wish for all our seamen continued success and blessings.”

In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. Leslie Forbes, who returned to the island on April 30 on sick leave, left for Jamaica on May 5 to undergo an operation. He is employed by National Bulk Carriers.

“Arriving on April 30 to spend his vacation was Mr. Churchill Bodden of Gun Bay.

“Mr. Horace McLaughlin left for Jamaica to seek medical aid on May 5.

“After visiting the island eight years ago, Mrs. Edlin Conolly returned on April 29 to spend a vacation with her sister Merle and daughter Gwenivere. She now resides in Colon, Panama.

“Heavy showers of rain throughout Friday have broken the dry spell being experienced in this district for the past eight weeks.”