Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos

 

104-#1495 Forks seniors 2001
CLAXTON p 63 #1152 Year: 1936text p 63-1152 C-L-A-X-T-O-N p. 206 Ch. xix Command of the Destroyer CLAXTON: Late in l935 while Executive Officer of the HANNIBAL Jack received orders to command the destroyer USS CLAXTON, based in Norfolk Virginia. The CLAXTON had four four-inch fifty caliber guns, one three inch 23 caliber AA four twenty-one inch type torpedo tubes. Authorized November 4, l9l7, Commissioned September 13, l9l9. Went out of commission June 1922. It was 314 feet 4 1/2 inches long.thirty feet 11 1/4 width draft nine feet. Displacement 1154 tons. Built Navy Yard Mare Island. Speed 35.45 knots two masts. She had eight wardroom officer space ten petty officers and one hundred four enlisted men. It was named for midshipman Claxton, l8l2. She was transferred to the British in l940 as part of the Lend Lease program. Lt. Cdr. J. B. Barrett relieved Commander F. E. Fitch of command of USS CLAXTON on 8 November l935. Admiral Hayne Ellis was the Squadron Commander. In December l935 he wrote: "My dear Barrett This is just a note to wish you and yours,your officers and men a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have had a busy year and I want you to know how greatly pleased I am with the fine results you have gotten.It is a great pleasure to me to command such a smart efficient squadron.I hope all hands have a delightful Christmas and that the New Year brings much joy And happiness to each and every one." + On November 27,l935 Jack's father -referred to as "Pa" Barrett- wrote to Jack on the CLAXTON from his home at 640 East Seventh Street in South Boston:"Dear Jack,I received your welcome letter& I was glad to learn that you are in command of the CLAXTON. Ma had been in bed for three months.-at present she seems to be comfortable & a little better than she has been (diabetes).By the way, Christmas is coming,& I hope both of you will visit us.Will try to make it pleasant as possible if it isn't too cold for you Southerners. I will tell the weatherman to keep the weather mild & warm.I had tomatoes growing in the garden until November 23, & next day was the coldest in fifty-four years at this date.Now it is warm & clear.Bill called up the other night.I have only two hens,but I will get five more next week.Jimmie Snow came the other day,& his old friend Jack Frost came tagging after him.I hadn't seen him since March l6,and he left town that day,& I would not care if he never came back.We will expect that you both will see your way clear to come home for Christmas if possible,& I will give Bill the same hint-but I believe he will be here if possible-Pa Barrett" (John Robert Barrett was born in Boston November 29,l854). The next month from "Pa" Barrett: "640 E 7 St. Dec. 21st l935 Well Folks i am at it again and as usual i Have Nothing to say Other than Wish You both a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year We Would Like to have You With us, but as the Weather will be cold and stormy at this time, it would take the pleasure out of the trip. But i will keep a pack of cards ready so you can beat me. Bill said he would be here for Christmas. i was at the beach yesterday with the Pup. i bought 4 chickens and i would be Better without Them as They Don't Lay and i don't think they will very soon. But if they have any in their Jeenes (genes) i will get them. i have ordered a nice fresh turkey so i will be ready. The two calendars from the Tow Boat Company came yesterday.If you come up, i will give you one.Joe Buckley called up asking for you both.i hope you have a good trip in your new boat and that you will like it.Ma is comfortable as can possibly be expected. My- Old Jack Frost is here now and i Expect his chum Jimmie Snow will Call to see Him - Pa" -- C-L-A-X-T-O-N beginning p. 206 of main memoir] Ch. xix COMMAND OF THE DESTROYER CLAXTON: Late in l935 while Executive Officer of the HANNIBAL Jack received orders to command the destroyer USS CLAXTON,USS 140 based in Norfolk Virginia.[Major events of this year included Carribean landing force exercises in winter months and training of Annapolis midshipmen in summer centered at Gardiners Bay, Long Island. In April 1936, John Barrett junior was born. Sophie recounts:] "On the ninth of April,l936 when John junior was born,the CLAXTON was at the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk.Early that morning I told Jack I had telephoned the obstetrician who advised me to enter Norfolk Protestant Hospital at once.But Jack said he absolutely had to go to the ship that Thursday,& off he went with the promise to return as soon as possible to take me to the hospital.I must have misunderstood the amount & importance of what he had to do, as I was all packed, dressed, & ready to leave the third floor apartment at ten in the morning. When he p. 217 failed to return by lunch time I was concerned, but I fixed lunch for myself & then sat at the window to await his arrival.Tense & nervous lest the baby arrive while I was alone,I was not too cordial when he arrived at four o'clock or later, explaining that he couldn't get away as he was in command of the five destroyers which were to cruise midshipmen that summer - he had a great deal of work to do & papers to sign relating to those cruises.He got me to the hospital at 5:30 in the afternoon, & John was born at eight in the evening. Some months later I went back for a checkup, and a doctor absentmindedly asked me, "And when are we expecting?" In the early part of 1936 the CLAXTON traveled from Norfolk to the Virgina Islands and Puerto Rico, and Guillermo Medina many years a Naval Hydrographic Engineer wrote his recollections in 1970:[Sophie Barrett text:] "From Guillermo Medina for many years in the Washington Hydrographic Office ,John received a letter 27 February 1970 from which I give several excerpts:"Yes, I had the pleasure of knowing your father and at his invitation going to St. Thomas on board the destroyer CLAXTON in January 1936. The ship was first scheduled to stop at San Juan, but on the second day out from Norfolk was directed to proceed directly to St. Thomas, where Secretary Ickes had already arrived for an inspection. I managed to catch a ride to San Juan on a Marine fighter plane after arriving in St. Thomas. Blanton Winship served as Governor of Puerto Rico during the period 1934-1939. I also served on the HANNIBAL as a hydrographic engineer from January 1923 to December 1924 after which I was transferred to USS NIAGARA- another survey ship-serving aboard that vessel until April 1930 when I was transferred to the home office in Washington, D.C. The shallow pinnacle mentioned in your letter was previously unknown.Mr. Vincent Miscoski, U.S. Naval Hydrographer's Office, Suitland, Maryland might be able to give you information on the Hydrographic Office, as he has done considerable research about the Hydrographic Office, as the Naval Oceanographic Office was formerly known. Hope I have been of some help.P.S. As I remember your dad, I believe his hair was red and wavy." (Guillermo Medina). RADIO MESSAGES - In 1969 Sophie and John Barrett found much valuable information in copies of CLAXTON radio messages. In these they noticed the name of future CBS TV newsman Richard C. Hottelet, then an apprentice seaman- and the birth of a baby to Lt. and Mrs. Orlin Livdahl- Livdahl became Rear Admiral and Gunnery Officer of carrier ENTERPRISE in Solomon Islands fall 1942 - authorized September 1942 by Admiral Chester Nimitz to re-design placement of new Swedish Bofors guns so that their firing angle was increased, and space for four additional airplanes was made available on the ENTRPRISE flight deck.[See Guadalcanal: The Carrier Wars" by Eric Hammel.] There were other personal items of interest concerning Captain Frank Delahanty and hydrographer Guillermo Medina in Puerto Rico and the training of Annapolis midshipmen at Gardiners Bay, Long Island (winter and smmer 1936).(Sophie Barrett text resumes after radio messages). CLAXTON RADIO MESSAGES 1935-6 [Delahanty, Hottelet] From the radio messages of the C-L-A-X-T-O-N we learn much about her while Jack was in command. November 11, l935 from Bureau of Engineering to the CLAXTON:NYD Norfolk letter 8 November CLAXTON starboard turbines. In view of satisfactory condition, Turbines, lifting casings not authorized. ## December 28 CLAXTON assigned berth option north side pier 3 Norfolk.## Jan 2 l936 TAYLOR anchored Naval anchorage Hampton Roads. Request tug in morning if fog lifts. (The TAYLOR, commanded by Walter Calhoun worked with the CLAXTON in the Marine Exercises. Calhoun was senior to Jack.)##January 2, l936 ARKANSAS, WYOMING (in group with TAYLOR and CLAXTON) Be prepared to get under way 0730 Tuesday 7 January.Standard speed twelve knots.TAYLOR, CLAXTON under way at discretion after departure of battleships.## January 7, l936. ARKANSAS, WYOMING sailing delayed by fog until 1600 today Tuesday. TAYLOR, CLAXTON proceed at discretion 0800. Norfolk radio 1 pm weather dense fog, wind northwest 7, visibility five hundred feet.TAYLOR to CLAXTON: dense fog Thimble Shoal. Channel visibility one hundred yards.Fog conditions improving to west. Expect better visibility late afternoon. No fog off Hatteras. (Jack used to quote an old nautical saying-"Never talk north of Hatteras about anything that happened south of Hatteras."##January 9 Latitude 28 degrees 14' N Longitude 71 degrees 24' Barometer 30.06 wind south force 2 weather clear.Visibility thirty miles Sea smooth. ARKANSAS,WYOMING expect arrive Culebra 1600 12 January. ARKANSAS has one Marine warrant officer.WYOMING forty-four enlisted for 09M at Saint Thomas.##Provided no interference with plane guard duties CLAXTON meet ARKANSAS,WYOMING on arrival at Culebra.Embark passengers and proceed immediately to Saint Thomas to disembark passengers.## Message from UNALGA to CLAXTON January 11 Message for Commander Barrett. Had heard of your transfer to CLAXTON. Hoping to see you before UNALGA departs for Baltimor in two weeks.## 10 January Flying to san Juan this morning. My appreciation to all of you (Guillermo) Medina, (Naval Hydrographic Office) ## To CLAXTON from radio St. Thomas January 11. Governor Cramer in St. Croix. Will be back about six pm. Suggest you call to pay official respects at 6:00 pm. ## 11 January To CLAXTON from radio St. Thomas.Make preparations for receiving governor returning in boat with Captain (Barrett) at 18:50 today .## OOD send boat for Captain immediately (18:10) ## 12 January ARKANSAS and WYOMING arrive Culebra. CLAXTON: liberty, fishing parties may be granted at discretion of C.O. today Sunday - to expire at 1800. ARKANSAS will send boat for Army officer observers to attend conference. Army officer observers in CLAXTON will be prepared to shift to ANTARES upon completion of conference. ## 12 January CLAXTON arrived Culebra. Requirements of fresh bread should be placed direct with ARKANSAS. ## 13 January Army officers now aboard ANTARES and WYOMING will remain aboard during exercises. ANTARES be prepared to receive three additional Army officers (212) now in TAYLOR and CLAXTON. Thirteen planes passed middle Mona passage 1530. ## January 14 ARKANSAS has one bag mail for CLAXTON. Mail for TAYLOR, CLAXTON and WOODCOCK at Culebra Post Office.RDO plane five miles east of Point Caleta. ## No can do, if convenient request TAYLOR arrange with dealers at Mayaguey for ice. ## OLP arrive San Juan 1600. ## 15 January In view of necessity for clear sides for landing exercises from WYOMING on Friday morning recommend TAYLOR and CLAXTON start fuelling tonight Wednesday immediately upon WYOMING return to anchorage about 1500. Have sufficient hose to take both vessels on port side. Ref. fuel requirements prior departure CLAXTON TAYLOR. TAYLOR will require 65,000 CLAXTON 50,000 gallons fuel prior to departure weekend liberty ports. WYOMING designated to fuel destroyers and arrange fueling as convenient any time after completion landing exercises Thursday 16 January. ## TAYLOR on station Mona passage. CLAXTON will participate landing exercise only if plane guard duty completed. FMF will fire 75 mm. guns on Point Salado between 1400 and 1700 Friday 17 January. Safety observers will be stationed to halt firing in order to permit necessary boat traffic. CLAXTON OOD 16 January Please send boat to Dewey dock at 13:45. ## To CLAXTON from ARKANSAS: Send for potatoes at 1600 today. ## January 17 Weekend at Mayaguez.Return Monday Culebra.## January 19 Expect to get under way about 2030.Standard speed fifteen knots. Will anchor Culebra about 0700 tomorrow. ##21 January CLAXTON will have ready duty aircraft -flight operations twenty-second January 1700. ## 21 January From WYOMING to CLAXTON, Captain- trousers found. Please send laundry Thursday. (213). Notify all hands including Army observers, Navy Department orders prohibit taking photographs of smoke screens used in connection with landing operations. ## 23 January Overnight liberty will be granted at San Juan. Liberty will expire at 1400 Sunday. TAYLOR to CLAXTON: Dinner and dance at Union Club, San Juan 2000 Saturday. Commanding officer and two officers will attend. Forward names of officers attending as soon as possible.- 1900 ## 23 January TAYLOR and CLAXTON will depart Culebra for San Juan about 0700 Saturday. Request all officers and men passengers be aboard at that time.Uniform for dinner and dance Union Club, San Juan service dress white. ## San Juan From University Athletic Corps to Comdrillon: Our baseball, basketball, and tennis teams are ready to play squadron teams either at Culebra if transportation is possible or at our grounds any Saturday or Sunday. Radio reply requested 24 January. ## 24 January TAYLOR to DCC Request working party to handle TAYLOR and CLAXTON lines on arrival about 1100 25 January. ## 24 January TAYLOR to CLAXTON: Under way about 0700 Saturday. Speed fifteen knots.Notify when passengers aboard and you are ready to get under way. ## From WYOMING to CLAXTON 23rd January. Commander Barrett's letter received. Will gladly get his shoes at St. Thomas and deliver them to you on Monday.- Delahanty. Plan to get under way 26 January. ## January 25 TAYLOR and CLAXTON arrived San Juan. (214) *anuary 26 TAYLOR to CLAXTON Liberty party will be landed in Division boats. Request CLAXTON motor launch soon after landing as practicable. ## From TAYLOR to First Battalion of Tenth Marines- Information CLAXTON: Request transportation be arranged for TAYLOR passengers forty-five Marines eight officers from Dewey to Camp Ellis sixteen hundred today.104 CLAXTON radio messages continued from 103 - ## 27 January WYOMING to CLAXTON: Commander Barrett's shoes were mailed from St. Thomas prior our arrival. I will come over tomorrow Tuesday and return money - Delahanty. #From CLAXTON to Comdrillon - Request permission get under way 1300 today.Tuesday for practice rehearsals vicinity Northwest Point. ## TAYLOR plans to get under way tomorrow morning 29 January ## 30 January Firing range eleven thousand yards southeast from Great Harbor. Friday 31 January Danger 0830-1030. Hundred pound bombs and thousand pound bombs will be dropped on Point Salado. Danger 1230-1400 all craft must keep at least two thousand yards from Point Salado during bombing.Proper observation point for bombing Point Voca 1820. ## 30 January TAYLOR to Comdrillon: Information CLAXTON: Desire to depart for San Juan not later than 0700 Saturday. Return Monday morning. ## 30 January The target for WYOMING practice two is changed from Yerba Cay to Cross Cay. ## Weekend of February 1 CLAXTON designated transport six Army officers observers Sixty-Fifth Infantry Culebra to San Juan Saturday. ## 1 February Commanding Officer First Battalion Dewey Landing. Seine Bay. There will be sightseeing ride for two hundred men enlisted in San Juan Sunday 2 February leaving from Centumo Ferry at 0900. (p.215) The Military Order of the World War Gonzales and Hostess invite fifty officers to a picnic luncheon at Baranquitos. Uniform for officers attending dinner and dance on the WYOMING at 2200 Saturday 1 February in honor of Governor of Puerto Rico and dance at Casino of Puero Rico at 2130 Sunday 2 February will be evening full dress Baker with wing collar. Marine and Army officers will wear appropriate white uniforms if available. If not available may wear khaki.All officers invited to attend both dances. ## Feb --- TAYLOR to CLAXTON: I am going to put motor sailer in water to send men ashore to handle lines. ## WYOMING to CLAXTON: Lieutenan Commander Barrett: Will be glad to let you have any quantity.Ship's store is well stocked. - Delahanty (our close friend in the Supply Corps.) ## 12 February TAYLOR and CLAXTON will fuel prior leaving Culebra. It is my intention to fuel after firing practice.CLAXTON will fuel immediately afterwards.## 12 February Governor Winship of Puerto Rico will arrive at Great Harbor by plane today at 1600. He will be received oficially at Camp Ellis.From there he will proceed to aviation field and onto ARKANSAS where he will be given full honors.Commanding officers may pay their respects any time after 1715. ## 12 February All passenger transportation by airplane will cease night of 13 February and no air transportation will be furnished after that.Reason: time required to check planes prior to departure for United States. (Commanding officer of TAYLOR is Walter Calhoun). (p. 216) #12 TAYLOR to Captain Barrett on CLAXTON. I am not wearing belt and sword. signed Calhoun.USS TAYLOR. ## 13 February ANTARES to CLAXTON Please have boat at Seine Bay dock at 1600 today Thursday for Captain White U.S. Army and personal baggage. ## 13 February Comdrillon to CLAXTON and TAYLOR: You are authorized to proceed today to Guantanamo to secure necessary fuel and provisions. ## 14 February From Comdrillon to ARKANSAS, WYOMING, TAYLOR, CLAXTON,WOODCOCK,Comaircraft: With completion of scheduled exercises Comdrillon desires to express to the officers and men who participated his great admiration for the splendid efficiency shown by all. ## 16 February Finished with air, Windward passage.## 17 February Under way to Hampton Roads from Windward Passage ## 17 February TAYLOR to CLAXTON: Latitude thirty-two degrees 19' Longitude seventy-four degrees fifteen ' sea smooth barometer thirty zero two (30.02) Visibility excellent.Temperature sixty-eight. ## 18 February CLAXTON granted berth option pier 3 alongside TAYLOR. ## 19 February CLAXTON from Commandant Fifth Naval District: Please consider official calls made and returned. ## 25 February Comdesron to CLAXTON: Examinations questions Ensign J.P. Costello forwarded via registered mail. Exam scheduled 2 March. (Insert material here about John's birth April 9, l936) After their return from the U. S. Fleet Exercise Number Two at Culebra Admiral Hayne Ellis Commander of the Training Squadron sent a messsage to the Commander of Destroyer Squadron Ten: Subject: Duty Performed by USS TAYLOR and CLAXTON during U.S. Fleet Landing Force Exercise Number Two: The TAYLOR and CLAXTON were under the direct command and observation of Commander Training Squadron from about 4 January until about 20 February l936.. During this time these vessels met every requirement smartly and efficiently. Their commanding officers and officers were always on the job whether plane guarding, transporting landing forces, or taking active part in the various exercises. The ships shot so well, showing consistent and proper preparation, training, and organization. They had on board officers of the United States Army who were loud in their praises of the courtesies extended and remarked upon this efficient handling.If the Commander Training Squadron were marking the commanding officers he would assign a rank of 3.9 for their performance of duties." (Walter B. calhoun was in command of TAYLOR and John B. Barrett was in command of CLAXTON).- Culebra, Puerto Rico 15 February l936 Hayne Ellis commander. (p. 217B) Admiral Sellers, Superintendant of the Naval Academy wrote to Commander Destroyer Squadron Ten: Subject: Destroyer cruises for Midshipmen summer l936 It gives me much pleasure to inform you that the cruises made by midshipmen on the CLAXTON, BARNEY, BIDDLE, TAYLOR,and BABBITT were successful from every point of view.I take this opportunity of voicing officially our appreciation of the fine cooperation and spirit of the commanding officers on these vessels that enabled the cruises to be such an outstanding success. Jack Barrett was Senior Officer Present Afloat on these five destroyers until relieved by Lieutenant Commander Duncan Curry, junior, who took command of the CLAXTON (#140) on 30 September l936. On the eleventh August Jack received orders from the Chief of Naval Operations as to his Change of Duty:When relieved in September l936, proceed and report for duty to Commandant, Fourth Naval District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ## On the third of August from Dahlgren Virginia Jack wrote to Mrs. Warner of Long Island,New York: I received your message extending invitation to dinner dance for seventy-five midshipmen at the Maidstone Club Saturday evening 8 August and will arrange for fifteen midshipmen from each of the five destroyers to attend. I shall ask each ship to furnish me with the names of their midshipmen that will attend and will send an officer ashore as soon as we arrive to communicate with you to complete arrangements in whatever manner is most convenient for you. I intend to send the same officer as before,Lieutenant Costello. Barring unforeseen circumstances we shall arrive off Three Mile Harbor early Friday forenoon 7 August. (2l8A follows) 105 (p. 218A) Early in June l936 the five destroyers under Jack's overall command - the CLAXTON, BIDDLE, BARNEY, TAYLOR BABBITT went to Annapolis to start cruising the members of the Class of l938 each cruise to last for four weeks.When the five ships were anchored out off West Point, New York, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Corporation asked permission to film the ships for inclusion in one of their movies.On June 26, l936 the United States Coast Guard's Lieutenant G. H. Miller wrote to Mr. O.O. Dell, Production Manager of MGM Pictures Corporation in New York City: "As requested in your verbal application of 24 June l936 to the United States Engineer Office First District, U. S. Army permission is hereby granted to anchor five naval vessels (destroyers) in the Hudson River between West Thirty-Fifth and Fortieth Streets from about four to six hundred feet channelward of the U.S. Pier Line on the Manhattan side for the purpose of taking certain scenes of a motion picture being made by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Corporation with the cooperation of the Navy Department; the vessels to be anchored from 2:30 to 4:30 pm Daylight Savings time June 27, l936 and from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (DST) June 29, l936.The permission is granted subject to the following conditions which it is understood you agree to and accept: -a- That there shall be no unreasonable interference with navigation. -b- That the applicant will conform strictly with the Navigation Law of the United States relative to ships at anchor. -c- That the MGM Pictures Corporation shall notify navigation interests of the proposed anchoring and that a list of those notified shall be furnished to the District Engineer and the Captain of the Port. -d- That the government assumes no responsibility for any damage sustained or caused from operations herein authorized, and that this permit shall not act as a waiver of liability that may result from applicant's operations. On July 2, l936 Jack's five destroyers cruising midshipmen of the class of l938 for their summer training were approaching the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Three destroyers were to moor northwest side Santee dock, two to anchor in the stream. ## July 4 at Annapolis. ##July 6 TAYLOR operating independently at the mouth of the Potomac.Dahlgren granted permission to enter Potomac near Dahlgren, Virginia.v ## July 8 Check all midshipmen on board; July 9 Submarine base New London Connecticut. Recharging extinguisher via tug. July 10 East Hampton mail truck will deliver mail at Maidstone dock 1000 and 1500. - 1500 tug will take laundry ## July 14 New London sending provision tug to Gardiners Bay on Thursday July 16 ## July 15 New London warns Fort Wright ferry near Little Gull Island. ## July 16 Gardiners Island. Message: Intend getting under way 0700 Friday 17 July at standard speed fifteen knots to Newport via Plumgut and the Race. Reference to Gardiners Island Trip: apply for berth assignment at Naval Training Station, Newport. - July 17 Rhode Island. Dinner dance for midshipmen by Navy juniors of station. Expect to arrive Newport before noon.BARNEY man lost over side coming in. BABBITT says one day at East Hampton. - Naval War College welcome. Laundry received on shore- ready July 21. Two days use of Stadium baseball field. Richard C. Hottelet aboard. BABBITT anchored seven miles west of Block Island Light.- requests operate with midshipmen in the morning and join formation off Montauk Point. BARNEY prefers to anchor off Sandy Hook 1800. BABBITT must transfer men.## July 23 New York. Anchor North River July 24, 25, 26 New York. Vessels to be at Annapolis July 31 to August 3. ## July 30 at United States Naval Academy early forenoon.Sent soiled matress covers ashore to be laundered before sailing next. Direct returning midshipmen to report to Commandant immediately on arrival.Midshipmen will have evening mail on ship prior to disembarkation. ## August 3 leave Annapolis. Message from East Hampton, Mrs. Eltinge Warner for August 8. ##CLAXTON mail since July 24 at Newport ## August 7 Expect arrive forenoon Gardiners Bay westward of Gardiners Island.Request tug for midshipmen laundry and mail. US Naval Academy message for CLAXTON: Expect three midshipmen via train East Hampton.## August 8 Maidstone Country Club seventy-five midshipmen ## August 11 William J. Barrett authorized CLAXTON passage New York to Annapolis - also his friend Erb of Detroit,Michigan. ## August 12 Captain of BABBITT invites Captain of CLAXTON to party for midshipmen 1500-1700. Message BABBITT to CLAXTON: Will Miss Warner and Miss Gardiner come on board? ## BABBITT August 14 Intend arrive Newport about 1100.Midshipment listed to attend Commander Barrett's tea dance 1630 to 1830. ## August 16 (Lieutenant Orlin) Livhdahl's wife has baby girl. One hundred fifty midshipmen to visit torpedo station forenoon. About this date eight hundred barrels of fuel for each ship. August 18 four to eight miles from Montauk Point - leaving. Landing floats will be at 129 and 135 Streets New York. Erb authorized for August 24 New York City to Annapolis. In New York August 21, 22, 23, 24. ## August 24 expect arrive NOB Norfolk about 1500 tomorrow. ## August 31 assigned berth Hypo South side Pier 3 Annapolis. END CLAXTON RADIO messages. When Jack was assigned to command the CLAXTON in September,l935,we were living in Portsmouth,Virginia in the Hanger home,but we moved to an apartment at 7l00 Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk not far from the Naval Operating Base where the ship was based.Jack was very happy to have a command of his own,& his father, brother Bill, & sister Mollie were very pleased too.Most of December, January & February he was at sea in Puerto Rico in Marine Landing Force Maneuvers,but he was in Norfolk in April when John junior was born & in May l936 when "Pa" (grandpa) Barrett came to see his first grandchild,born April 9,l936.Since Jack was to be at sea cruising midshipmen most of the summer.we employed a practical nurse, Blanche Caffey,who carried John home in the car driven by Jack when I was released from the Norfolk Protestant Hospital.She worked until about seven each evening,& I took over from there. 208 Our maid, Nora Jackson did the housecleaning & washing,so Miss Caffey really enjoyed taking care of John as she was free of the hard work.Berthe Olivier & her husband the French Consul in Norfolk Virginia lived in the next door apartment. Berthe & I walked together frequently,& she liked to come into watch Miss Caffey bathe John,who had a good disposition in the small rubber bath tub.I'll never forget the evening she stuck her pretty blonde head in the kitchen door & inquired, "Sophie, how do you cook a haddock?" ( this became a standing family joke).After dinner each evening she rinsed the dishes & put them in the oven until after breakfast.Evening callers on the French consul & his lovely wife would never know that the dinner dishes were in the oven. Around the beginning of 1936 the CLAXTON traveled to Puerto Rico for gunnery and landing force exercises, maneuvers, and training. Guillermo Medina, a Puerto Rican native and career employee of Naval Hydrographic office, traveled on the CLAXTON as a passenger. Around 1970 he furnished Sophie Barrett with reollections of the trip and the Hydrographic Office (where he knew Gershom Bradford and other friends of Jack's. He also referred the Barretts to Vincent Miscoski, who was still active in the Naval Oceanographic Office, successor to Hydrographic, located in Suitland, Maryland. Unfortunately, much of the material they furnished was destroyed or stolen in 1993.Mr. Miscoski expressed some regret that the Branch Hydrographic Offices had largely been phased out in interests of economy by 1970. Though an electronic age lessened their role, they provided a listening post for the Navy for a wide variety of information on weather, environments, and navigational conditions. Both in Virginia and Puerto Rico Jack had frequent contact with his friend Captain Frank Delahanty of the Supply Corps. He and his wife Sue were neighbors of the Barretts in Portsmouth in the autumn of 1935, and Sophie learned he was a cousin of her Mount Holyoke classmate Edna Delahanty. In the 1970s Sophie and John visited Frank and Sue at their home at 380 West Elm Street and frequently talked by telephone with their cousins Edna and Sarah Delahanty in Jamaica Plain. Frank wrote extended recollections, and from this period:" Then I think it was l935 while I was on the USS WYOMING we got an apartment on North Street in Portsmouth, Virginia. Your Dad was on the HANNIBAL at that time and had an apartment in the same building. It was there that we first met your mother. She saw the name Delahanty on the doorbell and called to see my wife to see if she was related to Edna Delahanty, who was a classmate of hers at Mount Holyoke (Edna and Frank are first cousins with backgrounds in Fall River, Massachusetts).In l936 I was still on the WYOMING when you mentioned that I got a pair of shoes for your Dad while he was on the CLAXTON (Frank was supposed to pick up a pair of shoes repaired for Jack in Culebra, Puerto Rico, but they had been mailed to Jack at Norfolk.) While in Puerto Rico on the CLAXTON, Jack attended a dinner given by territorial Governor Winship.Before the dinner the Governor kept talking about "the Secretary" - & Jack wondered why "the Secretary" was so important- but it developed that "the Secretary" was the Secretary of the interior Harold Ickes, who sat near Jack at the Governor's dinner & in a speech ribbed some of the Marine officers present,as they were his friends. [About March 1, 1936]After Fleet Landing Exercise Number Two at Culebra east of Puerto Rico,Admiral Hayne Ellis, Commander of the Training Squadron,sent a messge to the Commander of Destroyer Squadron "Ten: Subject: Duty performed by USS TAYLOR & CLAXTON during U.S Fleet Landing Exercise #2 ..These vessels met every requirement smoothly & efficiently.Their commanding officers & officers were always on the job whether plane guarding or transporting landing forces or taking part in the various exercises. The ships shot so well showing consistent & proper preparation, training, & orgtanization. They had on board officers of the United States Army who were loud in their praises of courtesies extended & remarked on this efficient handling.If the Commander Training Squadron were marking the Commanding Officers he would asign a rank of 3.9 for their performance of duties. Hayne Ellis commander." (Walter Calhoun was in command of TAYLOR & J.B. Barrett in command of CLAXTON-Sophie M. Barrett note) -from #72-Letter from William Joseph Barrett Jack's brother:"May 30, l936 Dear Sophie,Thanks for the photos. They are great. We never had such good ones of Pa. I think the one of you & him on the back veranda is a masterpiece- & the baby-it's remarkable how he has come along- as apparently the pictures were taken just a few days after I saw him. He's so wide-open-eyed & so bright. I talked with Pa on the phone,& he was surely thrilled with his trip. He had a smooth boat ride home & was in fine shape.Said he never felt better.It was just what he needed. Mollie met him at the boat with Skippy (wire-haired fox terrier) & Katherine Kinnaly. He was the second one off- reported the porter & waiter treated him very well indeed.Your instruction in the psychology of tipping has gone home to him - so that he is now quite a salesman on the good idea of tipping- said he enjoyed the food & tender steaks, but others complained of their toughness.The only part of the trip he does not remember with pleasure is the Pullman ride down- it was some ride.It is nice & cool here today- almost too cool, but it is an excellent holiday day.Will be looking for the CLAXTON & am planning a weekend trip to Norfolk soon.Regards to all -Bill." LETTTERS FROM NAVAL PERSONNEL - RICHARD C.HOTTELET [later CBS-TV] - REAR ADMIRAL ORLIN LIVDAHL - CAPTAIN WARREN McCLAIN - LIEUTENANT EDWATD WEBB - ADMIRAL WALTER CALHOUN-- #60 Richard C.Hottelet letter CLAXTON l936 On the twenty-fifth of May l970 CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet of the Columbia Broadcasting System (many years their United Nations Correspondent l970's) wrote a letter to John from New York City relating to his short term of duty on the CLAXTON:"Dear Mr. Barrett:Forgive this long delay in replying to your letter of March 30th.I did not return from an extended trip abroad until the middle of April 7 have been digging out ever since.In thinking how I could best contribute to your project,I find myself groping through the thick for of time.I remember your father, Commander Barrett, & very pleasantly.As a naval reservist I chose to spend one college vacation cruising with the Atlantic Fleet & was assigned to he CLAXTON.My status was that of apprentice p.207- Seaman or Seaman Second Class & my duties appropriate to it.But I had been studying navigation,& your father kindly took me up to the bridge as a quartermaster striker.On occasion when we were at sea,he would give me some impromptu instruction.I remember one occasion when I found it hard to concentrate,the ship rolling some thirty degrees. On the whole my recollection of the whole experience is too hazy to be of much use. My position aboard was that of a rather odd guest, -which did not involve me really with the midshipmen,-let alone the officers or the crew. I am not even sure exactly how long I remained with the ship- pssibly until the middle of August, or about six weeks."[Richard C. Hottelet] LIVDAHL...On February first, 1970,Rear Admiral Orlin Livdahl, who was a Lieutenant on the CLAXTON at the time Jack Barrett was in command, wrote John Barrett, junior, from 223 Jekyll Island Georgia: Dear Mr. Barrett : I remember your father well.I no longer live in Washington but reside in Jekyll Island Georgia. There were only four officers aboard the CLAXTON during the Christmas holidays of l935.We received another officer just before sailing for Saint Thomas (Virgin Islands) in January l936.I think it was George Overman.The normal complement was six officers but in those days we were seldom up to complement. (Costello relieved McClain before sailing for San Juan. both McCLain & Costello were aboard at San Juan, so there were five officers- Barrett,Shinn, McCLain, Livdahl & Costello -Sophie M Barrett note).There were no Marines attached to the CLAXTON at that time.We had had Marines aboard when we were attached to the Special Service Squadron but that was before your father took command.We did carry a small number of Marines aboard from Norfolk to Saint Thomas as passengers & also an Army major & an Army Captain but they were not attached to the ship. I do not recall any of the stewards by name.We did not carry any midshipmen until June l936.They were all of the class of l938.We took about thirty midshipmen aboard each of the five destroyers on three cruises of four weeks each during the summer of l936.The cruises were almost identical,embarking the midshipmen at Annapolis & then going to Gardiners Bay (Long Island)(, New London, Newport, New York, and 224 back to Annapolis.On one of the cruises we went up the Hudson River to West Point..This was done in connection with making a movie but I do not remember the name of it or what part we played in its making.We anchored off West Point one night & then sailed back to New York.If I remember correctly no liberty was granted at West Point. Generally speaking there was a great deal of entertainment offered to the midshipmen, but your father,who was Senior Officer Present Afloat (SOPA) thought that our mission was to train the midshipmen in the ways of the sea & declined most of the invitations. During our stay in the Virgin Islands we were entertained extensively. I do not remember the dinner for Secretary Ickes and was not there.I do remember that (Interior) Secretary Ickes was in the area at the same time that we were ,but I did not meet him.The CLAXTON operated out of Norfolk during the spring of l936 in routine training exercises until we were ordered to Annapolis to cruise midshipmen. I regret very much that I cannot give you the names of many of the midshipmen.I lost all my papers, photographs,& records when my room was bombed out on the ENTERPRISE.The only one that I can remember offhand was Bill Ingram whose father was Admiral Jonas Ingram.During the midshipman cruise the Naval Academy provided one officer usually a Lieutenant,who acted as the midshipmen's Executive Officer & Training Officer.It might interest you to know that the following year after your father was detached,the CLAXTON was stationed at Annapolis for the entire year training midshipmen & upon completion of the summer cruises,we were ordered to Europe as part of the Naval Forces stationed there during the Spanish Civil War.The CLAXTON was transferred to the p225 British in l940 as part of the Lend-lease program. I am sorry I cannot give you any information on the Hydrographic Office.My only tour of duty in Washington was in the old Bureau of Ordnance & I never became well acquainted with anyone in the Hydrographic Office.The Bureau of Naval Personnel maintains an Historical Section in which a history of every ship is kept,& I am sure that every officer & man who served on her with your father is listed,& you could probably learn a great deal more about the people who were on her with your father.It was good to hear from you & I regret to learn that your father has passed away. I hope the information I have given you is of some help.Give my very best wishes to your mother.Very truly yours, O.L.Livdahl." -220-On March 8,l970 Captain Warren McClain who was a young watch & gunnery officer on the CLAXTON when Jack took command in November l935,wrote to John junior from El Cerrito California, "Dear John,Sorry for the delay in answering your letter of February twelfth &6 thanks for the copy of Orlin Livdahl's letter.It brought back memories Orlin was a good friend of mine & I've often wondered where he was & how things were going with him and his family.I joined the CLAXTON in December l934 shortly after my marriage on November eighth.The CLAXTON was at Norfolk at the time.From this time until your father assumed command,the CLAXTON served mostly in the Carribean area as a unit of the Special Service Squadron.We carried a complement of Marines on board.When your father became Commanding Officer,we were at the Norfolk Navy Yard preparing for a cruise to the West Indies.I remember our cruise from Norfolk to St. Thomas in January l936.I particularly remember the two Army officers Livdahl spoke about - mainly because of their being seasick the entire trip.One of them refused to leave his bunk & ate very little. We were worried about him,but he survived.Also I recall the Marine passengers we had with us.Our mission on this trip was to provide shore bombardment support for the Marine Landing Exercise on the island of Culebra.A number of target were placed on a hillside,including an Army tank on the crest of a high hill.The CLAXTON came down the range & shot on schedule.Results of our shooting came later, & I recall how pleased you father was of our shooting, particularly the hole we put through the tank.Maybe it was luck,but anyway my gunners & I were pleased by your father's warm praise of us.Your father impressed me as being very interested & concerned about the officers & men who served 221 under him. Not many commanding officers show such a personal interest.I remember him once talking to some sailors before they departed on a liberty ashore.Since some of the sailors never got past the first bar when ashore, this was good advice, especially for the younger men.I also well remember your grandfather when he visited the ship.He was a great deal like your father & seemed very interested in all that was going on.I also remember spending the greater part of an afternoon going over with your father the charts of a hurricane he had been in l935. I learned a lot listening to him.He knew the sea & apparently loved it.His stories about his recent experiences in the survey ship HANNIBAL were always interesting. During the spring of l936 we had an apartment in Norfolk out near the Naval Station.Your parents were our neighbors. Betty saw a lot of your mother in the days just before your birth.Our duties were rather routine during this period.Upon arriving in Annapolis to begin duty training midshipmen I was detached & sent to the Navy Post Graduate School at Annapolis.The next & last time I saw your father was at Pearl Harbor-I believe in l943. I was commanding officer of the destroyer RUSSELL at the time, & he came aboard to visit me.I enjoyed his visit very much.He seemed proud that I as one of his junior officers was moving up in rank and responsibility.My career following my departure from the 222 CLAXTON went about like this Two years at the Post Graduate School Annapolis, seven months on the MARYLAND as Electrical Officer 3 l/2 months on the destroyer ANDERSON as Chief Engineer & Executive Officer one year l943 commanding Officer of the RUSSELL,-l944 at New York Navy Yard June l945 to January l946 Commanding Officer of the Division l22 in Western Pacific l946-7 Commander Destroyer division 92 selected for engineering duty only l947.When I retired Feb l, l960 I was Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Seattle Washington.My was duty found me in Iceland when Pearl Harbor was hit-min the battle of Coral Sea,Midway, Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz, Tarawa, Kiska & with Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet off Japan in the closing days of the war.I was with our carriers LEXINGTON, YORKTOWN,WASP & HORNET when they were sunk. I was helping to "protect" them.Give our best regards to your mother & best wishes for your writings about your father's fine naval career.He an excellent officer & a good man and a credit to the Navy. You have reason to be proud of him.-Warren McClain." #62 CLAXTON On March l5,l97l Lieutenant Edward Porter Webb who was on the CLAXTON as a petty officer in communications when Jack was in command wrote from Interlacken Florida "My dear Mrs. Barrett:Your letter of March 4 processed by Bupers on March 9 reached me on Saturday l3 March.Well, the name John B. Barrett rang the bell right away.I might add that I had the feeling of being quite flattered to have a letter from my former C.O.'s spouse & couldn't help but wonder to myself what -p227-it could be all about.So after noting the contents (I found) it made itself self-explanatory.I admire your pluck, and wish you all the luck in the world on making a GO out of your-& John junior's undertakings. First off, I was sorry to hear of Commander Barrett's passing along with B.J. Shinn.They were two of my favorite officers. I read also of Robert Craig's death in "Naval Affairs." Your letter was like the proverbial voice of of the past.Those are well-known names & places but it's been such a long time ago & so much water has flown over the dam it's rather difficult to focus the events back in memory lane.If my meory serves me correct,your husband relieved F.E. Fitch as the skipper.It could be that B.J. Shinn was acting C.O at the time.I believe also that Duncan Curry relieved your husband.I do recall that Commander Barrett ran a taut ship & a happy ship.He was never the demanding type- just seemed his wishes were our command.It was my privilege to be his top hand in the communication department.He never was a source of worry to me,& I never gave him a cause to worry.As a matter of fact he had a good bunch of chiefs in his crew.I well recall the Midshipmen Practice training duties but not too much about what actually happened at different ports.I knew several of the "middies" especially those who were inclined to be "Ham" (radio) operators.But names are all gone by the board-228-Yes I have a vivid memory of the shootout at Culebra(Puerto Rico).If my memory serves me correctly, there was some kind of a shack involved,& we blew the works to Kingdom Come.I recall the hurricane all right, but I was on leave.Think our damage was minor-a propellor guard, if I remember correctly.Was glad to hear (from you) of McClain, Livdahl, & Costello.Lieutenant Livdahl & I went to the Mediterranean with the CLAXTON.We had all our wives over-based on Villefranche & Tangier.I joined the CLAXTON in January l935 & was aboard her until November,l940 when we turned her over to Canada at Halifax under lend-lease.As a matter of faact, I was the "Senior Plank Owner" (longest time aboard).My World War Two was in the South Pacific- every island from Guadalcanal to the Philippines.I was Electronics Officer for an Aviation & Repair Ourfit.I was qualified air radioman while working for your husband.Sincerely, Edward P.Webb."As yes I do recall the message ordering your husband to duty as C.O. I asked the yeoman what the " B" was for, & he replied John Barleycorn Barrett - for no reason at all." On the 23rd April l970 Admiral Walter C. Calhoun commanding officer of the USS TAYLOR & senior to Jack, who commanded the CLAXTON at the time wrote from Washington D.C.: Dear Mr. Barrett, Received your letter requesting information on the cruise of the USS CLAXTON & USS TAYLOR about l935-36 around the Carribean Sea. Your father commanding the CLAXTON & I the USS TAYLOR. Both vessels together with the USS TRENTON formed the Special Service Squadron commanded by Admiral G.E. Myers & based at Balboa Canal Zone.I will try & give tyou details of the cruise as best I can.I took command of 229the USS TAYLOR relieving Lietenant Commander George T. howard at Balboa,Canal Zone.Shortly thereafter I left with USS TRENTON on what was to be an eight weeks cruise taking us through the Canal.The USS TAYLOR was relieved by the USS MARYLAND & ordered to Norfolk. Was at the Norfolk Navy Yard three or four months.Early in l936 Both CLAXTON & TAYLOR were at Hampton Roads & were ordered to Culebra area to take part in Marine exercises there.TAYLOR was to patrol area at sea in Mina passage west of Puerto Rico, the CLAXTON to the east.Marine aviators were to fly from the United States to Culebra, & we were to patrol the sea areas on the way down.This finished, we returned to Culebra where I believe we fired short range target practice & umpired the USS TRENTON doing the same.We also fired at an old Marine tank on top of a hill & I believe demolished it. However I never viewed it afterward.TAYLOR was then ordered back tonthe States,Naval Operating Base Norfolk, where I was relieved by Lieutenant Clark L. Green on l5 May l936.TAYLOR & CLAXTON were close companieons during this period.I will now answer your questions:l.As I remember the schedule,we held landing force exercises in the Culebra area.However I believe the TAYLOR held them at Ponce,San Juan-other ships at Culebra. TAYLOR fired short range target practice at Gonaives, Haiti. Admiral Hayne Ellis I believe then took command of the Squadron at Culebra for Marine maneuvers. [#74 CLAXTON p. 230] Two Army officers were on each destroyer. Saw quite a lot of your father as the two ships usually tied up together or nearby. Lieutenant Clark L. Green relieved me as commanding officer (of TAYLOR) l5 May l936. Sincerely, Walter C. Calhoun".[Walter Calhourn commanded the cruiser that took President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Honolulu and Pearl Harbor in July 1944 for the historic conference in which he authorized the October 1944 invasion and liberation of the Philippine Islands.General Douglas MacArthur and Admirals Leahy and Nimitz met with the President on this occasion.] Here is the "Recommended Itinerary" for the five destroyers of which Jack Barrett was Senior officer Present Afloat June-August 1926. Destroyer cruises midshipmen second class summer l936 Recommended Itinerary of & Information relating to:Itineraries of three cruises, each of four weeks duration & identical as to ports of call are submitted below. After three weeks of operation one week's uninterrupted upkeep period is obtained by conducting the overhaul at Gardiners Bay, New York during the conduct of each cruise.p 23l Depart Annapolis first cruise 8 June Second cruise 6 July Third cruise 4 August- Arrive Dahlgren,Virginia 9 June - 7 July -4 Agusust -Depart Dahlgren l0 June 8 July 5 August - Arrive Gardiners Bay, New York OVERHAUL 12 June l0 July 7 August - Depart Gardiners Bay l9 June l7 July l4 August -Arrive Newport Rhode Island l9 June l7 July l4 August -depart Newport Rhode Island 24 June 22 July l9 August - Arrive New York city - visit Hayden planetarium 25 June 23 July 20 August - Depart New York City 29 June 27 July 24 August - operate at sea until 2 July 30 July 28 August- arrive Annapolis Maryland 3 July 3l July 28 August.The proposed itinerary permits of a visit to the Naval Proving Grounds, Dahlgren Virginia where firing tests may be concucted for the instruction of the midshipmen.The overhaul period in Gardiners Bay will afford the midshipmen an opportunity to combine periods of instruction in various professional subjects with observation of overhaul procedure on board ship.The visit to New York can combine a visit to the Hayden Planetarium & an opportunity for a leave period over the weekend. No time is alloted to gunnery exercises of any form as it is considered that the periods available for cruises are insufficient to permit of the necessary training prior to the firing, without encroaching too much on the time necessary for other instruction & training.There are inadequate facilities on destroyers for the handling of laundry of the midshipmen & space is not available to permit of their scrubbing of their own clothes. This can be met by using the facilities of the Submarine Base, New London.It is understood that the Base can handle laundry of l80 midshipmen.(bottom p 23l) On August ll, l936 Jack's brother Wim J. Barrett head of the Policy Holder's Service Bureau the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of York, was in Milwaukee,Wisconsin & wrote Jack on the CLAXTON c/o Postmaster New York," Dear Jack: I've wired you from here today but wasn't quite sure where you'd be-so this letter: I'm on one of the U.S. Steel cargo boats -500 feet crrying coal Detroit to Milwaukee this trip,I'm guest of Fred Erb of Detroit.It's been a beautiful trip & wonderful vacation.Now to get to the point. It is important if you can arrange it in any way that Mr. Fred Erb get aboard the boat for the trip on the CLAXTON that you are fixing for me.I'd like to have him along,& I know he'd love to go.He is President of the Eaton Erb company of Detroit= an important subsidiary of the Eaton Manufacturing Company of Cleveland.He is a prominent citizen of Detroit & a great friend of mine. In fact he is largely responsible for the success of the foundry survey- my first job with the Metropolitan Life which I think had a lot to do with my getting known in the company.What I'd like to have is that he & I board the CLAXTON at New York Monday August 24,l936 & go vback to Norfolk & Annapols with you, If at all possible- do this favor for me.(Jack did take Bill and Erb from New York city to Annapolis -[note by Sophie Barrett].If you get an answer before Friday, wire me c/o Metropolitan Life Insurance Company,Group Division,General Motors Building,Detroit.I am returning to New York Monday August l7. See you next week.Regards,Bill" Naval policy at this time approved visits and travel of this nature aboard ships for good will and public service.Jack's brother Bill and his friend Fred Erb of Detroit enjoyed their cruise on the CLAXTON from New York City to Norfolk, although Erb died soon afterward . (TRANSFER TO PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER?)209 In August, l936 Jack recived orders to report for shore duty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October..Very late in August he took leave so we could go to my sister Bee Pollack's home in Overbrook outside Philadelphia to stay while we hunted for a place to live.Jack considered the crowded district of South Philadelphia near the Navy Yard unfit for a baby,so we searched mainly in the suburbs.We learned there would be a house vacant in the Bala Cynwyd Estates about October first.We asked the manager to show it to us,but he couldn't,because the occupants had paid their rent until October first & refused to have anyone impair their privacy by going through their house. We looked at the outside of the house at 7l2 Stradone Road & looked at the inside of an identical house next door where the Hellerman family were sympathetic to a Navy couple with an infant who needed a place to live. The childless Hellermans were ideal neighbors as Jack & Mr.Hellerman were interested in growing tomatoes.On the return trip to Norfolk I kept telling Jack that we couldn't possibly make the ferry to Newport News on time & that he should plan to drive all the way to Norfolk by road.But he told me he had heard on the radio in Philadelphia that there was to be a hurricane in Norfolk & vicinity the next day,& that ferry if we could make it,would cut many hours off our trip.Hours after it was scheduled to leave,- that ferry was still at the dock.As we bought our tickets we were told that the ferry had been very late arriving there owing to the choppy waters.But it started immediately on what turned out to be its last trip for two days.When we reached our apartment,our next door neighbor, the French consul was busily putting his car up on blocks to guard against the expected flooding, & Jack 210 left me at the house & drove off to look after the ship.Although we had a hurricane,it was not as severe as anticipated,& the CLAXTON experienced only slight damage from a ship that grazed it. 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