“Our family is being torn apart.
Leaving for two years
Imagine you or your loved one is leaving for two years. How do you feel? What will you miss the most?
“Papa's leaving to join the Navy.
I tried to be brave when he told us the news. My sister Fanny is little so she cried. Papa says we’ll always be his little angels and will miss us. But who is going to kiss us good night when Mama’s working?”
Sailors went to sea to earn a living, but their absence meant a loss of steady income for family back home. Pay allotments were a way for sailors to ease that burden and send a portion of their wages directly to their family.
“Space on board ship is extremely limited.
All my belongings have to fit in just one bag. After packing all the clothes required there’s little space left for reminders of home.
What would you bring to entertain and comfort you while separated from your family and friends for so long?”