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Life at sea best for healthy children

Seventy-five years ago from the files of the Bridgewater Bulletin, dated June 12, 1935.

 Mrs. G.M. Wilkie, wife of Captain Wilkie, master and owner of the Edwing G. Farrar and their three children Junior, five, Shirley, four and Mary, two have been going to sea since they were six months old.

 The big three-masted schooner proves an ideal nursery, according to Mrs. Wilkie, attractive young mother of the little brood. None of them have ever been sick. Each one takes a long nap in the afternoon, and the rest of the day they are playing about the decks, or below.

 Up until the time her children are about 18 months old, Mrs. Wilkie carries special foods and formulas for them. But after a year and a half old they take potluck with the forecastle hands. Captain Wilkie takes the family with him only during the summer when he can depend on fairly good weather. They usually make two or three trips each summer with the vessel.

 The Farrar, 20 years old, is a Maine-built vessel, registered in Bridgetown, British West Indies. She is one of the biggest three-masters on the coast, being 585 tons register and 165 feet in length. The Farrar's crew besides Captain Wilkie and his family, consists of Robert LeGay, first mate; Moore Richard, steward; Fred Jollymore, Percy Mosher, Maurice Hartman and Melvin Rafuse, able seamen.



posted on 06/01/10
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