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


August l909 postcard from Bari, Italy Revenue Cutter School cadet Jack Barrett to half-sister Katie.#911 p 35
"Adressed to Miss Katie Barrett, 640 East Seventh Street, South Boston, Massachusetts-August 6,l909 Hope You are all ok. Came here August 4 to coal. This is the ll9th anniversary of the USRCS (United States Revenue Cutter Service), you know. Yours fondly, Jack Barrett A lost (stolen) postcard showed Messina Sicily with great damage from the December 1908 earthquake. The Revenue Cutter schoolship ITASCA passed through the straits of Messina seven months later July 1909 as described by Jack Barrett and his friends, Coast Guard Admirals Wilfred Derby and Zeusler.Anyone who can find a replacement of these earthquake photos, please tell me.The cadets visited the ruins. The Straits of Messina were the scene of the twin hazards of Scylla and Charybdis in Homer's Odyssey.Jack and Sophie Barrett passed through the Straits of Messina early l932 on PRESIDENT PIERCE en route from Cairo to Naples.
Subject: postcard from Bari Italy (9)
Year: 1909August6