Until now, I hadn't really thought about it but I have today counted six generations of cruise passengers in the family!
Firstly, John Walker and Sarah Walker, who together with their children Alexander (my Great Great Grandfather), John and Elizabeth sailed (cruised?) aboard the American ship James Brown from Liverpool, England in September 1852 to arrive at Port Henry, Geelong, Australia in January 1853.
I haven't been able to locate a picture of the ship but it was not a happy journey as poor little John Walker died from diarrhea only 6 weeks into the journey. The ship was placed in quarantine when it arrived in Australia as there was whooping cough on board.
I am uncertain if Alexander's son, Ambrose Walker, went on a cruise but his son, my grandfather Gordon Walker, definitely went on a cruise with my grandmother. My Uncle provided me with the following photos from their cruise. I am uncertain of the date but it was prior to September 1973, when my grandmother died.
|My Grandmother, Rita Walker, is pictured fourth in in the queue. She hasn't put much on her plate!|
|Nanna and Granddad relaxing. My Grandfather has the raised glass and is wearing glasses.|
|My grandparents, Rita and Gordon Walker.|
Nanna didn't drink much but I remember her having a small shandy, as I remember trying it.
|My grandmother, Rita Walker.|
I would love to know what is happening as no one else appears to be dressed up . Nanna looks very happy.
Mum and Dad's first cruise was in 1984. I was in Year 12 and asked a few friends over while they were away, which turned into most the teenagers in town. I sure was in trouble when they came home!
|Mum and Dad in 1984|
Cruised to the Pacific Islands
|Mum and Dad|
In 1997 my husband, kids and I went on the Fair Princess to the Pacific Islands
|The kids and I about to leave Sydney. They hated the horn!|
In 2013, my cousin and I went on a Genealogy Cruise, which was terrific. The first of many I hope!
In less than a week, my husband and I leave to go on another cruise. The first holiday without kids in 22 years! So you wont see any posts from me for a few weeks!
|This post was prompted by Sepia Saturday|
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