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


R-E-V-E-N-U-E C-U-T-T-E-R Long Island Aug 1910
#1211 p 70 Landing Force Exercise Gardiners Bay Long Island New York August 1910 Revenue Cutter Service. The 1910 cruise was in British waters at the time of the Johnson Jeffries heavyweight boxing championship match, which interested many cadets as news came. An unauthorized rowing match book place between Revenue CutterSchool cadets and British counterparts -although it was not Jack Barrett's idea, he wound up writing a note, "Can any of your men row?" which was sent across. At this period the British Navy was polarized between adherents of Admirals Fisher and Bereford, as Revenue Cutter School engineering cadet Milton Daniels recalled in 1970 letters. The Revenue Cutter School cadets were in Paris on Bastille Day, July 14, 1910, and returned to US for landing force exercises at Gardiners Bay August 1910 shown in this photo.Then they received the surprsing news that their school was moving from Arundel Cove, South Baltimore to an old Civil War Army post, Fort Trumbull on Connecticut coast south of NEW LONDON. The school was renamed the Coast Guard Academy 1915; enlarged; and moved 1932 to present site north of New London, where Jack and John Barrett visited the Academy June 1968 while attending Harvard-Yale crew races there. In letter Admiral Wilfred N. Derby tells of clearing yachts out of the way of the race while he was Superintendant of Coast guard Academy l947-1950. He used to grow Jack Barrett's tomato seedlings at his home on Viles St. Weston. His wife's family had roots inHawaii and New Zealand.
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Year: 1910landingforce