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

 

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82-1307 Edward P.Williams drawing for cover of Roxbury Latin TRIPOD magazine June 1952.

 

The school building was completed 1926, designed by same architects as colonial Williamsburg.The elm tree probably dated from before 1820 and lived until 1960s.Edward P. Williams grew up in Needham and graduated from Roxbury Latin 1952 and Harvard 1956, was a sailing and trips counselor at Camp Kabeyun, Alton Bay, New Hampshire, later attended Business School and served in Air Force. This was the most recent of a number of covers he drew for TRIPOD magagine during editorship of Ross Holloway and John Barrett.He also made drawings of school sports and personalities. His father Frederick B. Williams had a wholesale food business in Roslindale and was active in alumni of Boston Public Latin School. In 1969 he put the Barrett family in touch with Boston Latin alumni Secretary Thomas Craven, who furnished lists of members of classes of 1906 and 1912. Of Jack Barrett's forty-seven 1906 classmates, during 1969-1971 Sophie and John were in touch with Gardner Murphy junior in Cambridge, who identified many classmates in a group photo, Samuel Finkel and Irving W. Jacobs, who thanked Mrs. Barrett for helping them locate each other for a reunion in Southern California, George Carl Adams, who enjoyed writing Sophie many notes from Connecticut, and Emilio Goggio,who answered once from California.The Barretts also were in touch with Drs/ Dan Lyne and her son Eugene,Lucile Poland in Camden,Maine, and Mrs. Sam Krensky in Brookline. Of Bill Barrett's class 1912 there was a very enjoyable contact with Dr. Fred Gillis, of West Roxbury whose family participated in 1985 Boston Latin 350 observance, and the Barretts remained in touch with Mrs. John Vaccaro and her three daughters Rose, Mary, Claire after John Vaccaro passed away Waban (Newton) February 1969.The asistance of Mrs. Frederick B. Williams was greatly appreciated.


 

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Washington State Hidden Word Square made September 21, 1996 at the home of Ethel Burkhart in Tenino - press to enlarge photo to read details. John met her grandson Kelly October 1970 on Greyhound trip when he saw Delbert Wiens at University of Utah in Lactoris fernandeziana conservation effort.Kelly Burkhart took an interest in the effort to grow the tiny seeds of Chilean Lactoris, and John got to know his grandmother and her large family.Many Native American words occur in Washington cities and places.In the Olympic peninsula, the Quinault and Queets peoples speak a dialect of the Salishan group related to the Chehalis,Satsop,Tillamook and other south and east. On the north coast The Makah at Neah Bay and the Clallam people have language and culture connections northward toward Alaska and British Columbia - the Nootka, Kwakiutl with fishing and totem-building traditions.In Quillayuete Prairie and LaPush and the Hoh Reservation a very ancient language is spoken of people who were probably the earliest settlers in the region. Solduc is said to mean "sparkling water" and Bogachiel "muddy when it rains." The Chinook was a trading dialect that incorporated words of many native languages and also French and English. Chinook was became the name of a salmon species.Several rivers and creeks are known as "Tumwata" with varying spelling, meaning "falling water" in Chinook.The summer of 1947 the Barretts visited Portland Oregon and the Columbia River, Olympia-Tacoma-Seattle, Mount Rainier, and spent one hot July evening at Ritzville on the way to Spoakne and Glacier Park Montana.Hollyhocks were in bloom, and Jack Barrett was interested in the apples and grain of the "Inland Empire" area.


 

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Botanical Latin 82-1309 - WILLOW Arboretum essay (**)

 

Visit and support Harvard Botany Libraries - ----------WILLOWS - Lovely, diverse, of evolutionary interest -with literary-historical associations John Barrett June 23, 1994 The Linnaean name for willow "SALIX" is said to have a Celtic root 'sal" = near "Lough" = water. The older name was "sallow", Latin Salix. Austrian Camillo Schneider recognized one hundred sixteen Norh American species in a series of papers published 1919-1921 in volume 1-3 of Arnold Arboretum Journal. Gerhard Rehder of West Roxbury Historical Society remembered Schneider, who continued his work for the Arboretum under difficult conditions as an Austrian national living in Boston 1918. Gerhard's father Alfred Rehder, the famous woody plant systematist had to make a hurried emergency trip from Jamaica Plain to Boston to vouch to federal officials that Schneider was a working botanist and not a spy or saboteur. Schneider's systematic work is still of great importance to taxonomists, though new molecular data are clarifying relationships of species groups. The nearest relatives of willors are the poplars, aspens, and cottonwoods of genus Populus in the willow family Salicaceae. Species Chosenia in Asia is treated by some taxonomists as a separate genus, because of morphological peculiarities related to wind pollination, but a majority of specialists currently treat it as a willow species. Willows range from fairly large trees through medium-sized shrubs to very small forms in Arctic and alpine environments. Some of the variation is genetic and some ecological.In the Alpine Gardens above 6288-ft. Mount Washington's timber line dwarf willow trees a few inches tall may be decades old, but genetically they are identical with fair-sized shrubs and small trees in lower, less windy locations. Many willows have only one or two stamens in each pollen-producing male flower.This reduction has probably occurred in parallel in several evolutionary lines. Poplars have more stamens, and the black willow Salix nigra and its relatives such as the peach-leaf willow S. amygdaloides and the widespread Central American S. humboldtiana are considered conservative in retaining three or more stamens. These species are largely Americam + known as 'Polyandrae' many-stamened. S. Humboldtiana is the only species whose natural range originally reached South America, probably after the Isthmus of Panama formed four million years ago. The "Sylvics of North America" US Department of Agriculture Forest Service 1990 considers S. nigra the only native willow commercially important as a timber tree. George Argus treats the willow flora of the southeastern United States and discusses hybridization of black willow with closely related S. caroliniana, which he considers a valid species.Salix floridana has sometimes been confused with these, but Argus suspects it may be nearer the Asian S. tetrasperma. Ice age history has affected distributions. Nearly all willows have separate, dioecious male- and female-flowering trees. = Newsholme 1986 provides many excellent illustrations of willows worldwide, with horticultural data on their temperature and space requirements. The most popular ornamental tree willows are cultivars and hybrids of three closely related Eurasian species of the white willow group. During the Babylonian Captivity around 600 B.C. the ancient Hebrews are recorded in the Old Testament to have wept about their nation's fate by the Rivers of Babylon - the willow specialist Richard Schulhof [at Arnold Arboretum 1994 later director of a garden in Los Angeles area] has seen papers that suggest the trees by the Euphrates River were actually poplars. The species name Salix babylonica has been given to a Chinese population that varies betwen upright and weeping growth genetics, as does the closely related Salix alba centered perhaps in Iran oe west Asia. Female clones of Salix alba were widely cultivated in most of Europe by the 1500s, and the yellow-greenish light bark of female cultivars of Salix alba variety 'vitellina' have been a great favorite. They can be seen in many locations around Boston on the Charles River, ih the Fens, and probably the prominent Public Garden collection. A hybrid of 'alba' and 'fragilis' species called 'x-Sepulcralis' was very popular for planting in cemeteries. These willows became the subject of tombstone art, beginning in England but with great artistic diversity in New England, because the willow became a symbol for belief in the transcendent importance of the soul. Locally willow tombstone art appears in the Walter Street burying ground in the Arnold Arboretum, the Westerly Cemetery West Roxbury, and many sites 1800-1825. The white willows and the majority of Eurasian willows have two stamens. Pussy willows Salix repens are an ornamental favorite grown for early spring silky male catkins that show bright silver or yellow before the leaves appear. Linnaeus recognized two species, now merged - as the typical pussy willow grows in Western Europe - Britain Ireland France Scandinavia while the longer, narrow leaf of variety Rosmarinifolia dominates Eastern Europe. Newsholme believes new willow species are evolving in Alaska, and species and taxonomic problems abound in the Rockies, Califonria, Oregon, and Canada.In dry areas willows often have a gray underside to leaves,a defense against ultra-violet, overheating, and dehydration. Willows can be seen along the Platte,Snake, Columbia, Deschutes, and other western rivers, along with the introduced Eurasian "Russian olive". In Peck's 1960 "Flora of Oregon" of forty willow species seven are listed with leaves green on both sides -including caudata, monochroma, pseudomyrsinites, commutata, and orestera, but the remaining thirty-four have gray or whitish undersides.Leaves show great variety of shape and hair and create many vistas. Willow bark was an early source of salycilic acid or aspirin, an extremely important remedy for fever, pain, and inflammation with anti-coagulant properties believed to reduce risk of stroke and heart attack. Prostrate, dwarf, and occasional herbaceous willows have great ornamental potential for rock gardens, bonsai, and small spaces. Some of the arctic types may be disease-prone in warm climates.Schneider's 'Reticulatae' include S. reticulata, vestita, leiolepis,nivalis,polaris,uva-ursi, herbacea, rotundifolia, dodgana,cascadensis - these all are small. Most cricket bats are made from a single female clone of Salix alba caerulea discovered north of London in eastern England in early 1800s - this tree has been widely cultivated for light, reliable uniform wood.OAKS Oaks are the most abundant deciduous trees in the 265-acre Arnold Arboretum,with at least 56 species and numerous hybrids represented.Most oaks fall into two groups "white" and "red" the subgenus Erythrobalanus contains the North American "red" oaks usually easy to recognize because of "drip tips" or bristles on usually pointed leaf lobes;and their acorns typically take two seasons to ripen.Most of the species hybridize freely but have distinguishing ecology and morphology.Native in the Boston area and eastern Massachusetts are the great Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra L. named by Linnaeus founder of scientific binomial nomenclature] whose range extends north to the Saint Lawrence Valley and Nova soctia and south to Arkansas and Alabama; Puercus velutina less northerly but reaching east Texas and north Florida known as "blaCK OAK" from its bark and appearance or "yellow" oak in the timber trade; and Q. coccinea "scarlet oak" an early succession species shade iintolerant but sprouting vigorously after fires ,with bright autumn foliage.Especially favored for street trees and for urban use are the stately,long-lived northern Red oak and the fast-growing "pin oak" Quercus palustris (probably not native near Boston] wi9th small acorns and a distinctive pyramidal shape when young.On Arbor Day l995 Landscape and horticulture specialist Gary Koller took a walking tour that examined the hundred-year-old Northern Red oaks in the Arborway just outside the Jamaica Plain entrance of the Arboretum.The firest three years are a critical time for street trees,which help curb air pollution and noise and increase property values.Street trees are a substantial investment and may need water during the first few years - others succumb to vandals.The pin oak is characteristic of the Ohio river Valley,often in wetland sites.The "willow oak" Q. phellos is another eastern red oak. in the south USA red oaks are represented by the important lowland timber Shumard oak Q. shumardii Indiana-Texas-Florida and the upland Q. falcata "southern red" oak and its variety "pagodifolia" the "cherrybark" oak.California has about twenty oak species, and the "California black" oak Q. belongs to subgenus Erthyrobalanus.The white oaks are more widely distributed,also occuring in Europe and Asia.The Arboretum has both typical and horticultural varieties of the famous English oak Quercus robur,which can live a thousand years and has many historical and literary associations- Sherwood Forest - writing of Arthur Conan Doyle.Old trees often show signs of pollarding and grazing.Specimens occur on the hillside descending west of the Arboretum's Chinese path.Not hardy in Boston, oaks of Portugal and the Mediterranean are the source of cork, and France is the preferred source of oak wood used in agin cabernet sauvignon and other wines,where the oak tannin has complex effects on scent, flavor, and acidity.Acorns, generally boiled to reduce tannin levels have been a major foiod source both for native Americans and many Chinese and other Asian peoples. Slow-digesting acorn starch is a healthy food for diabetics, including certain native Americans vulnerable to this disease on western diets.Acorns have been important in oak taxonomy, especially as hybrids and introgression are widespread; so anyone seriously interested in identifying a specimen should collect acorns and other reproductive material such as the generally wind-pollinated flowers. Both "red" and "white" oaks are valuable timber trees,but the white oak group is superior for ship-building,which was of great importance through the nineteenth century.probably native around Boston are the widespread "white oak" Quercus alba, the Ohio-River-centered "swamp white oak" Q. bicolor;the chestnut oak Q. prinusof the Appalachians; and perhaps the "chinkapin oak" .muhlenbergii, more abundant toward the Great Plains.Other eastern white oaks often with distinctive acorns are the "bur" oak Q.macrocarpa; Q lyrata the "overcup" oak;Q. laevis "turkey" oak; Q. stellata drought-resistant "post" or "iron" oak; and 4 southern species: Q. virginiana the evergreen "live" oak with water-resistant wood useful for ships found on coast Virginia-Florida-Texas - with 500-700 year-old specimens in South Carolina; Q. michauxii the "swamp chestnut" "cow" or "basket oak"; Q. nigra the "water oak" deep South; and Q. nuttallii of lower Mississippi.The historic -"Charter Oak" near Hartford Connecticut was a "white" oak.California prior to settlement was richly endowed with oaks, and some of the lowland types are becoming scarce and perhaps vulnerable to extinction with intensive agriculture,grazing and land use.Members of the white oak group in California have adapted specialized ecologies.Among the more economically important the Forest Service USDA lists the "blue" oak Q. douglasii and the "canyon live" oak Q. chrysolepis [fire-prone].In the Pacific northwest, dominated by conifers.,oaks are generally conspicuus by their absence except for Quercus garryana, the oregon white oak, important in forests of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Columbia river Valley,and Washington's Puget Sound and some parts of Vancouver Island,British Columbia. These areas are in the rain shadow of the ocast ranges and have some dry periods in the summer, unlike the immediate coast and higher elevations.The scientific name "for the oak genus "Quercus" is said to come from a Celtic source meaning "beautiful tree."The fossil record begins in the Eocene epooch 40-45 million years before present. Mark Moffatt of Harvard MCZ published a National Geographic article on animal-acorn interactions with an excellent shot of the long-snouted acorn weevil,which has specialized sawing equipment and an explanation of the helpful role of mice and squirrels, as an acorn has an improved chance of growing into a tree when it is buried away from high oxygen,rot and herbivores.Pollen data make possible detailed chronology of the return of oaks,.beeches and other trees after the ice ages in the Northeast.All of new England and eastern Canada were covered by ice twelve thousand years ago, researchers are fairly certain though plant life prbably existed in offshore refugia under the Atlantic Ocean.Cap Cod and Long Island, New York were terminal moraines of two of the later glacial advances.Ice covewred nearly all of New York and Michigan and much of Ohio,Indianaa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Miinnesota.The return of oaks was quite rapid after the glacial retreatand it is suggested blue jays and other birds helped spread acorns north rapidly.Around 8000 years BP migrants from Pennsylvaniaare believed to have visited Massachusetts in late summer and quarried rock in the Blue Hills and hunted along rivers.Later permanent populations formed where clams and shellfish were available in winter-Nantucket, Plum Island, and areas now under water.Anong the nearest relatives of the eight hundred species of true oaks genus Quercus is the large Asian genus Lithocarpus - the inflorescene is different, but the fruit superficially resembles an acorn, though its developmental homologies are puzzling. Kevin Nixon o Cornell has worked on the problem. Oaks and related beeches and birches gain nutrition from ectomycorrhizal fungi including many edible mushroom. - Typing will be continued from Oc. l9, l995 original. Essays on Arnold Arboretum #4 May 25, l996 John Barrett European Trees and Forests: Euyropean trees came to New England with the earliest Massachusetts settlers and are popular acroess cool regions of USA. For native species the USDA Forest Service "Trees of north America" two volumes l990 have extensive data on natural distribution, genetics, timber qualities, ecology, life cycles, insects, diseases,and management,but I am unaware of a comparable source on the natural history and ecology of European taxa.The Scots pine and Norway spruce dominated northern forests across Scandinavia and russia with diverse associated fungi, mosses, and lichens. The European larch Larix decidua is an alpine species of Alps and Carpathians but three lowland Siberian-Canadian larch species dominate large areas of swamp, peat, and permafrost across Russian Arctic especially east of Lena River and also Alaska-Canada.Spruces Picea abies, obovata and glauca with their square needles since retreat of Pleistocene glaciers have dominated very large cold dry interior continental areas where July temperature is below l0 degrees C. average.In central European forests beeches Fagus sylvatica dominate a larger area than the single American species.The principal species is naturally variable and weeping, cut-leaf and copper-leaf-color cultivars are popular in the US. Cortinarius mushrooms are diverse and important components of ecosystems with beech,pine, spruce,oak fir (alder?)Pleistocene glaciation was less extensive in Europe than North Americathough Scandinavia, the Alps and British Isles had ice caps.France, Spain, and other regions such as Balkans had Neanderthal and early modern humans who hunted mammoths, rhinoceros and ungulates - the role of forests for these early Europeans needs documentation.The Atlantic ocean and gulf Stream give coastal Europe a mild wet climate, with a gradient eastward.Red oaks, hemlocks Tsuga, and Douglas fir Pseudotsuga are not native in Europe but the White Oak group is represented by English Quercus robur and the Mediterranean cork oak.Macaronesia (isles of the blessed) Canary and other Atlantic Islands are an important refuge areaa museum of older European forms including pines.The Mediterranean region is dry with rainfall predominantly in winter and fragmented by natural barriers.Crete has sixty orchid species mostly endemic, rare and endangered -see Alibertis's book at Ames Orchid Library 22 Divinity Avenue.Cambvrdige.From the Mediterranean just outside Europe come the true cedars Cedrus libani with a hardy form from the Turkish mountains discovered by Arnold Arboretum research - and the African Atlas mountain cedar with a popular blue color type.Human activities have impacted these areas much longer than in North America.Agriculture, wheat, and Indoeuropean languages are believed to have spread from Asia Minor about ten thousand years BP.Romania-Bulgaria are a native area for European lilacs, brought to New England very early by colonists.Alfred Rehder authored a pamphlet on dates of tree introductions to United StatesThe "sycamore" maple Acer pseudoplatanus is common in England and Ireland and was introduced to US before l800.The Norway maple Acer platanoides became popular in US about l9l0 because of its fast growth- it has a longer growing season in autumn than American sugar maple .and is related to bigleaf maple Acer macrophyllum of US northwest and Asian species according to Delendick, Ackerley, and others.A horticulturally popular variety or (?subspecies?) of European gray-silver birch seems to originate in a range centered in Sweden.The olive and grape have long intense histories of cultivation going back to classic Greece, with spread westward.New American root stocks are preferred for their resistance to an introduced scale insect, so quality grapes are grafted on the American rootstocks.Genetic stocks for fine grapes have long histories of adaptation to local soils, climates, and taste preferences.Red and white roses were symbols of the English royal houses of Lancaster and York (l400's) but it is possible to trace their introduction from the south as with the "English" walnut from Persia. The "London" sycamore or plane tree is a very successful hybrid between trees brought back from Virginia early l600's and Asia-Persian species. Europe has diverse willows including small Arctic and alpine types, but popular vitelline-yellow-barked lines of white willow Salix alba are old introductions from the east.A clone of bluish Salix alba caerulea from the Norfolk area England makes the best cricket bats. They are low in density.The date of introduction of citrus to europe is problematical.Were the GGolden Apples of the Hesperides actually oranges, lemons, or citrons? A new book at Gray Herbarium library shows details from Sandro Botticelli's A.D.1478 mural "Primavera" ("Spring") that appear to be orange blossoms and fruits.European forms of linden Tilia "lime tree" horse-chestnut Scots broom and inflammable Irish gorse legumes Cytisus and Ulex English Elms Ulmus, Russian olive Eleagnus, and many heaths Ericaceae, and cherries, apples, plums, spiraeas and hawthornes Crataeugus of Rosaceae are grown in the United States including important collections at the Arnold Arboretum.At the present time Harvard-Arboretum botanists have special responsibilities in Asia on taxonomy and conservation of huge, little-known floras and contacts with the Neo-tropics are extensive also.But Europe played a central role in the emergence of the linnaean system of scientific nomenclature l753 and Kew and other centers in Europe were vital. Asa Gray had close contacts with European leaders including Darwin and Hookerand Europeans at Harvard-Arnold have included Nuttall, Aggasiz, Alfred Rehder, Ernest Wilson, Camillo Schneider,and currently Peter Ashton and Peter Stevens. the forest resources of Europe at the present time are less than those of the united States, Canada, Malesia, Amazonia, Siberia, and the total number of tree species is not comparable to the tropics. But conservation and regrowth are important, and palynology and herbarium material need work and attention.Goethe had a great interest in botany, and one of the palms he studied is still at Parma, now over four centuries old.Europeans have made great contributions to pollen study, which can reconstruct paleoenvironments in remarkable detail. Lichens are an indicator of acidification by pollution - much work in Scandinavia.Europeans are doing more than US to conserve rare fungi and cryptogamic plants.-John Barrettt


 

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82-1310 Hidden Word Square

 

News Bulletin NTS Newport Rhode Island June 19, 1933 WEEKEND CRUISES, EAGLE 19 For the past month the EAGLE 19 has been engaged in performing weekend cruise duty at ther Southern end of the District as follows: MAY 13-14 took the NINTH Division of Newport out with three oficers and twenty-eight men to Whitestone Landing, New York. MAY 27-28 took the EIGHTH Division of Providence, Rhode Island, out with two officers and twenty men to Vineyard Haven. JUNE 3-4 took the SEVENTH Division of New Bedford, Massachusetts out with one officer and twenty-one men to Vineyard Haven. During the period in which the EAGLE 19 laid in the various ports above, the respective divisions reported on board and were instructed in thwe various subjects pertinent to the Navy. i- 249 THE VIRGINIA PILOT Feb 8, 1972 Captain Mal S. RICHARDSON 81 Retired Commander Mal S. Richardson of 1130 Manchester Avenue formerly with Merchant Marine Inspection Division died Monday evening in a hospital.Captain Richardson retired in 1952 after more than four decades as a deep water chief mate and relief master. A native of Matthias county, he lived here thirty years. He was a member of ?Batelot? Masonic Lodge 7, Gloucester, Known by associates as 'Captain' Richardson, he began his sailing career with the Old Bay Line in 1909 as a Quartermaster. In 1910 he joined the Merchant and Miners Transportation Company as a second mate, later became chief mate running between Baltimore and Norfolk and betwen New York City and Jacksonville, Florida.In 1913 on trips between New York City, Boston, and South America he was chief mate and chief relief master. He entered the Navy on April 18, 1917 and was appointed a Lieutenant Commander and Commander of the troop transport WESTERNER and made trips around the world. He also was manager of the James River Reserve Fleet in 1923. He left this job to join the Bureau of Merchant Marine Inspection in Norfolk in 1936 with rank of Lieutenant Commander. He remained in Norfolk after his retirement.He is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins [+ sister-in-law Dorothy Kane]. TANGKU CHINA to KOBE JAPAN The CHOWAN MARU was a small, compact, spotlessly clean ship on which Jack and I were the only non-Oriental passengers. Even tho there were only two of us, the menu was printed every day we were aboard and was done in both English and Japanese. Everything about the ship was satisfactory even tho it was a rough trip during which I stayed on deck most of the time to keep from getting seasick.We left the ship at Kobe and registered at an American hotel. We saw much in Kobe and also in nearby commercial Osaka and spent an interesting day at Nara with its Japanese shrines and works of art. Because the Japanese soldiers frightened me so badly, I bought no curios in Japan and spent as little time and money there as possible. 46 My sharpest memory of Kobe was the unisex public toilets then generally used by men and women without privacy. At that time the Japanese had nothing that I wanted except the PRESIDENT PIERCE, which I boarded as soon as she landed at Kobe. It was winter in Japan and in North China, and all the clothes I had were winter clothes. We were seated at the doctor's table on the PIERCE, and after bring in China where we worried about cholera, I feasted happily on oranges, apples, lettuce, celery and any other fresh produce the shhip offered. We wore evening clothes at dinner and had music. I often danced with the elderly doctor, but Jack would not dance as he disapproved of dancing aboard ship, especially as it interfered with the orderly serving of dinner. He thought it uncivilized to get up to dance just as a waiter brought a plate of good hot food which deteriorated while people danced. To Jack, running a ship was erious business- too serious for dancing. Sometimes when Jack Barrett didn't want to be disturbed, he would say "Wild animals are dangerous when they are eating." One morning when we were on the PRESIDENT PIERCE, while Jack and I were sitting on deck, he jumped up saying he was going below to get his camera to take a picture of a ship passing us in the opposite direction. He hurried off and came back with his camera and carefully took pictures of the rapidly passing ship some distance away -- then he told me he had bumped his head on the steel top of the entrance to our cabin. At this point I saw blood on his head and insisted he report the incident to the ship's doctor, who was amazed he was able to walk so much after his injury, which required six stitches under the hair at the top of his head. He rested a few hours, then resumed usual activities. I am making a lot of progress getting many chapters of memoir "RED HEADED STEPCHILD" (Navy family memoir by Sophie and John Barrett) in near-final form - you caN LOOK THEM UP ON website http://www.ccilink.com/photobook or http://www.ccilik.com/barrett - I can E mail or regular-mail individual chapters. Look at this list and tell me any you don't have and want me to send:-- - John Barrett There will be a newly added DEDICATION to English master Albert Kelsey, who stressed techniques of biography, World War II Pacific Fleet Chaplain William A. Maguire, who thought "there ought to be a book" about Pearl Harbor and the Overseas Transportation Office, and to Sophie Barrett's sister and brother-in-law Rebekah and Dr. Isadore Geetter. Then there will be an INTRODUCION explaining why "RED HEADED STEPCHILD@ was written and why it is important and why many people shouod read it. Then the main text: VOLUME ONE . Chapter One Sophie and the Meranski Family - Hartford - Mount Holyoke Chapter Two Social Work,Personnel,+Statistics1923-1930 Chapter Three Greenwich Village Romance 1928-9 Ch. Four 925 THESIS THE YOUNG OFFENDER + THE CRIMINAL LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS CH. FIVE MERANSKI FAMILY LETTERS. Ch. SIX musical interests of Sophie + Jack Barrett VOLUME TWO [chapters not numbered yet] REVENUE CUTTER SCHOOL 1909-11 + ITASCA cruises --INTERVAL 1911-1921 DC, World War, Naval Reserve, Commercial ship officer -- REGULAR NAVY, DESTROYER TOUCEY 1921 -- BIG GUNS - BATTLESHIP WYOMING 1922-3 -- NAVAL WAR COLLEGE + TACTICS THESIS 1923-4 -- LIGHT CRUISER MARBLEHEAD 1924-7 Australia China Hawaii war games -- NEW YORK 1927-9 sub S-4 and Fordham Law--XANTHOS letter TRUXTUN Philippines-Yangtze 1929-30 -- "SLOW BOAT TO CHINA" -= Sophie TRAVELS TO TIENTSIN --GUNBOAT TULSA - Sophie tells Navy of Japanese attack on Mukden September 1931 -- Return via Europe Jan-March 1932 "TILL THE SANDS OF THE DESERT GROW COLD" -- COMMAND of EAGLE 19 Boston 1932-3 -- EXECUTIVE OFFICER Survey Ship HANNIBAL PANAMA-COSTA RICA 1934-5 -- Command of Destroyer CLAXTON Landing Force Puerto Rico, summer training Annapolis Midshipmen -- 1937 PHILADELPHIA -- 1938-9 Tanker TRINITY, Rickover, Dutch Indies -- COMMAND BRANCH HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE NEW YORK 1939-41 and FAMILY LIFE BROOKLYN -- "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR" WAIKIKI, PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, OVERSEAS TRANSPORTATION OFFICE PEARL HARBOR 1941-7 {to be subdivided]-- OVER THE MOUNTAIN western national parks summer 1947 -- VOLUME THREE - BARRETT family, mostly Boston (+Ireland) Now ready BOSTON LATIN SCHOOLS -- WILLIAM JOSEPH BARRETT 1895 -1967 and 1930s girl friend Anita Dourdoure - funny letters-- 1953 Master's tax thesis Northeastern Law School proposing abolition of Sixty-Five Day Rule in Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates-- still in preparation chapters on Jack's father John Robert Barrett of South Boston 1854-1942, Jack's half-sister Mollie Barrett 1898-1967, early BARRETT FAMILY HISTORY,-- Jack's Childhood and Schools South Boston - Melrose -- HOME IS THE SAILOR 1947-1969 BOSTON (partly complete, much on West Roxbury) BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL 1949-1951 - classmates have 2001 reunion -- WEST ROXBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY -- ADDITIONAL LETTERS - - LANE, HARTIGAN, BUCKLEY cousins - SOPHIE 1970s-1980s -- RELATION in IRELAND + 1970s visits -- I can E mail or snail mail these on request. "From Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase" Biology Hidden Word Square (theme from Shakespeare's first sonnet, first line.) Shakespeare 1692 and Jonathan Swift 1729 stated the theory of evolution by natural selection long before Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin in 1859. --------------


 

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Father Robert Drinan was Dean of Boston College Law School 1955-1970 then United States Congressman and human rights authority at Georgetown University Law School. He wrote Neclear Arms text 1983 and employed John Barrett junior in reference and research 1961-2 at Boston College Law School library then in Brighton. He frequently sends John Barrett his writing on human rights, efforts to stop smoking and break up tobacco companies, and poverty and justice in the United States.


 


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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:] "#59 CLAXTON l936 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?" The CLAXTON had four four-inch fifty caliber guns, one three inch 23 caliber AA four twenty-one inch type torpedo tubes.Authorized Ñov 4 l9l7 Commissioned September 13, l9l9. Went out of commission June 1922.[then recommissioned] 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. 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 Livdalh- 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. ## WYOMIUNG 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 asnd 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 shallask each ship to furnish me with the names of their midshipmen thatwill attend and will send an officer ashore as soon as we arrive tocommunicate with you to complete arrangements in whatever manner ismost 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 9Surine 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 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).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. 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." 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 tonthe 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 reliefved 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 firingf 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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}{Sophie Barrett on escorted Pagsanjan Canyon canoe tour,southeast Luzon #790 p 25 Year: 1932Pagsanjan Jack Barrett photo. One of the most enjoyable days of the Dollar Lines tour Sophie and Jack took around the world from Kobe Japan to Naples Italy was a canoe tour of Pagsanjan Canyon in southeastern Luzon, Philippines. The trip was suggested by the Dollar Lines tour guide book and was extremely delightful according to both Jack and Sophie. Information will be appreciated as to whether this remarkable natural area has been preserved in the intervening sixty-six years and whether it is still accessible to travelers and photographers. This trip was a delayed honeymoon for Jack and Sophie after their New York City Hall wedding between two and three PM Friday June 21, l929, less than an hour before Jack departed for sixty months duty in the Asiatic Fleet.Pagsanjan is still recommended for honeymooners.It was described and recommended in the 1930 Dollar Lines tour guide. 1932_ 83-1318 -1932_ CHAPTER "RETURN via EUROPE" - HONEYMOON on PRESIDENT PIERCE Tangku Kobe Shanghai Hong Kong Manila Pagsanjan canyon Malaya Ceylon India Egpyt l932 FAREWELL TO GERTRUDE + PAUL RICE Our day of departure from Tientsin was Christmas Day l93l - we stood on a platform of the railroad waiting for a train to take us to Taku bar about thirty-five miles east,where the TULSA was docked because there was not enough water in the Hai Ho river at Tientsin for the ship at that time in an unusually dry year. In spite of my good fur coat & Jack's heavy blue uniform coat,we were very cold, as the train was late & there was no closed railroad station in which to wait comfortably.As the wind howled about me, Captain & Mrs. Rice appeared to see us off & waited with us for some time- wonderful of the Captain and his wife to appear to say farewell to us,who were junior in rank to them as Paul was the senior Naval officer in north China.I finally prevailed upon them to leave when the train as usual in Tientsin was very late, & it was bitter cold. CHRISTMAS DINNER ABOARD TULSA But soon after they left the train arrived in time to get us to the TULSA for Christmas dinner- in lonesome state, as the only officer aboard was Benny Crosser,who had the duty.All the rest had been invited to homes in Tientsin for holiday season dinner.. "TWO JAP BAYONETS CROSSED IN FRONT OF HER CHEST" Then we loaded our bags onto several rickshaws & went to Tangku a mile or so away to board the Japanese ship Chowan Maru which was to take us to Kobe where we were to sail on the SS President Pierce about January 3, l932 for our trip to Europe.Several Chinese boys from the ship went with us to handle our baggage,but when we arrived at Tangku it was so cold with the wind coming in off the water that I didn't wait for the baggage or for Jack & the boys - I walked along briskly & started to enter a gate where I saw a Japanese ship in the distance.To my horror two Japanese soldiers crossed their bayonets across my chest & spoke angrily in Japanese,which I could not understand.I was frozen with fear.Finally Jack came up with the Chinese boys & the baggage & with English & gestures tried to get them to remove their bayonets,but the soldiers p31-persisted. During the commotion a Japanese officer appeared who could speak English & told us I was trying to enter the gate leading to a Japanese warship that was unloading soldiers for duty in China & that his men had orders to kill anyone trying to spy on the operation. Was I scared! But he ordered me released & pointed out the gate I should enter to board the CHOWAN MARU not far away.Our Chinese boys were pleased to see the Japanese soldiers lose face. The 1971 text "Japan's Imperial Conspiracy" documents the assassinations and fanatical measures the Japanese Army and imperial family used at this time to intimidate the democratic majority in Japan and force through Manchurian conquest in defiance of the League of Nations. HONEYMOON via EUROPE January - March 1932 Jack took about three months leave and received partial reimbursement for travel from Tientsin to his next duty in Boston. The records clarify some chronology: "Awaiting first available steamer Tientsin Kobe 1931 - Dec. 22 Court Hotel lodging $2.16 Meals $2.40 total $4.36 Tips, room boy $.48, Table boy $.36 total $ .84 Dec. 23 Lodging $2.16 three meals $2.88 total $5.04 Tips room boy $.48 table boy $.36 total $.84 Dec 24 Lodging $2.16 three meals $2.88 total $5.04 tips Room boy $.48 table boy $.36 total $.84 December 25 Court Hotel One Meal $.48 Tip table boy $.12 December 25 Transfer to Railroad Station in Hotel Bus $.18 'Note' Lodging, meals included in Court Hotel Receipt of 25 December 1931 attached. Receipt in YUEN local currency. Rate 4.16 YUEN = $1.00 US - December 25-Railroad fare to TANGKU Steamship Wharf $.30 December 25 Transfer of baggage - three trunks, four bags- from railroad station to SS CHOWAN MARU (including coolie hire for stowage below decks) receipt attached $1.68 December 25 Fare Tientsin (TANGKU) to Kobe per SS CHOWAN MARU -(70 yen at rate .435) $30.45 December 25-30 Steamer fees Table boy two yen per day Room boy one yen per day $1.74 (Arrived Kobe 8:00 A.M 30 December 1931) December 30 Transfer to hotel via customs with four bags $.43 December 30 Oriental Hotel Kobe, awaiting first available steamer sailing January 1, l932,-open for embarkation at 9:00 A.M January 1, l932- -- December 30 Lodging $4.35 two meals $5.66 total $10.01 - December 31 Lodging $4.35 three meals $6.31 total $10.66 December 30 Tips table boy $.44 room boy $.22 total $.66 December 31 Tips table boy $.44 room boy $.22 total $.66 January 1, 1932 Tip table boy $.22 - January 1 Transfer of three trunks ex SS CHOWAN MARU via custom house in Bond to SS PRESIDENT PIERCE - 7.70 yen at rate .425 $3.35 -FARE via Dollar Steamship Company, Kobe, Japan to Boston Massachusetts $449.23 - Deck Chair $2.00 Steamer Fees (Kobe-New York) table boy fifty-seven days thirty cents per day $17.00 Room boy fifty-seven days fifteen cents per day $8.50 - Bath boy fifty-seven days four cents per day $2.25 Shoe boy fifty-seven days one cent per day $.50 'Note' At New York SS PRESIDENT VAN BUREN issued exchange transportation New York to Boston by rail via New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad because of ship remaining at New York beyond scheduled time. Transfer baggage Jersey City to railroad station New York four trunks, one sea bag - Cosmopolitan Company, $2.00 - Transfer baggage Railroad Station, Boston, to Hotel four trunks, one sea bag - Armstrong Transfer Company $3.75 TOTAL $567.46 TANGKU CHINA to KOBE JAPAN The CHOWAN MARU was a small, compact, spotlessly clean ship on which Jack and I were the only non-Oriental passengers. Even tho there were only two of us, the menu was printed every day we were aboard and was done in both English and Japanese. Everything about the ship was satisfactory even tho it was a rough trip during which I stayed on deck most of the time to keep from getting seasick.We left the ship at Kobe and registered at an American hotel. We saw much in Kobe and also in nearby commercial Osaka and spent an interesting day at Nara with its Japanese shrines and works of art. Because the Japanese soldiers frightened me so badly, I bought no curios in Japan and spent as little time and money there as possible. 46 My sharpest memory of Kobe was the unisex public toilets then generally used by men and women without privacy. At that time the Japanese had nothing that I wanted except the PRESIDENT PIERCE, which I boarded as soon as she docked at Kobe near New Year's Day 1932. It was winter in Japan and in North China, and all the clothes I had were winter clothes. We were seated at the doctor's table on the PIERCE, and after bring in China where we worried about cholera, I feasted happily on oranges, apples, lettuce, celery and any other fresh produce the ship offered. We wore evening clothes at dinner and had music. I often danced with the elderly doctor, but Jack would not dance as he disapproved of dancing aboard ship, especially as it interfered with the orderly serving of dinner. He thought it uncivilized to get up to dance just as a waiter brought a plate of good hot food which deteriorated while people danced. To Jack, running a ship was serious business- too serious for dancing. Sometimes when Jack Barrett didn't want to be disturbed, he would say "Wild animals are dangerous when they are eating." The Dollar Line made available the 1930 edition of an excellent tour guide that helped us select many interesting places to see the rest of our voyage. SHANGHAI AH SING SHIP'S CHANDLER + COCKEYE THE TAILOR. From Kobe we sailed to Shanghai where we spent one full day. We hired two rick-shaws because Jack wanted to say goodbye to some people he knew there. First we went to see Ah Sing, the ship's chandler who had entertained us at tiffen in his home in July, 1931.Then we set off to Cockeye the Tailor's establishment on Bubbling Well Road When I remonstrated with Jack for calling the man such a name, he opened his wallet and showed me a card reading "Cock Eye- Tailor" and giving addresses in Shanghai and in Chefoo. He had used the trade name many years. When we arrived, one of Cock Eye's sons greeted Jack warmly, told us that Cock Eye was now retired and too old to work, but he took us to his father's house where we were treated as honored guests. Then I knew at once the derivation of his trade name because he was indeed cock-eyed, with his eyes looking wide apart to the sides. He gave me a white terry cloth kimono with a peacock embroidered on the back. They gave Jack a pongee robe and also one for me.About dusk the ship set out for Hong Kong.We spent only a few hours in the colorful markets before leaving for Manila. MANILA, PAGSANJAN, MALAYA SULTAN'S GARDENS When I boarded the PIERCE at Kobe,all the clothes I wore or carried in my suitcase were winter clothes, as it was very cold in Tientsin and in Japan at that season. However, in my trunk, which was stored in the trunkroom of the PIERCE, I had some lovely summer clothes, which I had made for me in Shanghai on my previous visit there in July 1931 - clothes to be worn in hot Manila, at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, in Penang and Ceylon and India and at the Shepherds's Hotel in Cairo. While en route from Hong Kong to Manila, it got very hot, and I went to the trunk room to get some of my warm weather clothes.At first I was not alarmed when I could not find my trunk, but I did become worried when the trunk room man couldn't find it either. After much searching, the disappearance was reported to the purser, and I suffered in my winter clothes. Just as we approached Manila, the purser got word that my trunk- with all my summer clothes and evening dresses- had mistakenly been put ashore in Hong Kong and was on the dock there. I could not have my trunk again until we reached Marseilles,France, in March to sail to New York.. We tried to buy summer clothes in Manila but were unsuccessful except for two identical cheap cotton morning dresses. We had no time to have dresses made there as we were to be in Manila only one more day- when we planned to ride the rapids of Pagsanjan in canoes - a thrilling experience -recommended in the Dollar Line tour guidebook [well out toward the southeast tip of Luzon island in direction of the Mount Majon volcano. Jack Barrett was amused by the pronunciation of the volcano - like "my own"- a photo of the very symmetrical cone hung in the Barrett dining room in West Roxbury from 1947 on. We had signed up to ride the rapids in canoes at Pagsanjan canyon in southeast Luzon,(Philippines),& we were not willing to give up that unique experience just to hunt for summer clothes.So I lived day & night in two identical cheap cotton frocks that we found in a shop in Manila just before sailing for Singapore.While other women sparkled in lovely gowns,I appeared constantly in a cheap cotton creation.I refused to let my predicament spoil our trip. Pagsanjan was one of the top moments. Much of the time in the Orient we were accompanied by a Swedish American from Minnesota,who generously allowed me to wear one of his sun helmets during the heat of the day.We have a good picture of me wearing that helmet in the garden of the Sultan of Johore.Jack got honorable mention for the picture later at a photo competition in Boston.We ate at the well-known Raffles Hotel in Singapore. One morning when we were on the PRESIDENT PIERCE, while Jack and I were sitting on deck, he jumped up saying he was going below to get his camera to take a picture of a ship passing us in the opposite direction. He hurried off and came back with his camera and carefully took pictures of the rapidly passing ship some distance away -- then he told me he had bumped his head on the steel top of the entrance to our cabin. At this point I saw blood on his head and insisted he report the incident to the ship's doctor, who was amazed he was able to walk so much after his injury, which required six stitches under the hair at the top of his head. He rested a few hours, then resumed usual activities. CEYLON + BOMBAY . In Ceylon we traveled by train from the port of Colombo to the inland capital Kandy, and saw elephants at Peradniya Gardens and tropical forests and bought postcard souvenirs. My passport was stamped at Ceylon January 25, 1932 and then not stamped again until Cairo, Egypt, but my recollection is that for some reason the PRESIDENT PIERCE needed to make an unscheduled stop on Bombay for a few hours. At that time the independence leader Mohandas Gandhi was in jail. As we sat in a large park, we watched a great many men in white Gandhi caps peacefully demonstrating for their Mahatma. EGYPT JANUARY 1932 "TILL THE SANDS OF THE DESERT GROW COLD!" As recommended in President Lines travel guides, we and most of the passengers went touring by rail while our ship slowly transited the Suez Canal. Jack had already been through Suez on the commercial ship WESTERNER the spring of 1920. In Cairo Egypt we stayed at Sheppheard's Hotel and hired a car and a guide called a dragoman to drive across the desert to the Sphinx and Pyramids. Two women passengers from the PIERCE whom we had not previously known Mrs. Conover and Mrs. Vosbury asked to join us to share expense.Unfortunately the car was an open one with no windows, and the ride across the desert was most unconfortably cold and sandy.Although we were wearing winter coats, we shivered and shook all the way across the desert, and our eyes smarted from small particles of sand. But after we reached the Sphinx, the weather seemed to grow warmer, and we were comfortable as we viewed it and walked around, while Jack took pictures. We make the strenuous long climb to the top of the great Pyramid, though many tourists skipped that. Sixty-six year old Mrs. Conover climbed with us.we managed to crawl all over the inside of the Great Pyramid. The inside of a pyramid is dank and dark and requires a gret deal of climbing. Jack took some good pictures of me riding a camel.Jack always use to mention the song "Till the sands of the desert grow cold" - "And it was cold," he would remark.My Mount Holyoke l923 class had the Sphinx as its class symbol, and our class song by archaeologist Marion Nosser with music my Ruth King Dunne was entitled "The Sphinx" with the Sphinx's motto "NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS" -" not for oneself but for everyone." On the trip back to Cairo in the late afternoon there was a biting wind with blowing sand against which the car curtains offered very little protection. We went back to the Shepperd Hotel,where guests were already entering the dining room for dinner. We went to our room for dinner, but Jack decided to go to bed, though our meals were paid for under the "American plan". I was starved and dressed for dinner and got to the dining room just as it was closing. I sat with Mrs. Conover. As the meal progressed, a man at our table pointed out the violinist Jascha Heifetz & his wife movie actress Florence Vidor. We watched them leave the dining room and I understood he was giving a concert the next night. Our visit reminded me that my father had learned tailoring in Cairo in the l880's before coming to Hartford.p. 36 Touring Europe NAPLES-"COFFEE, MADAME?" As we approached Naples on the President Pierce, my clothes were mopre appropriate as it was February, & even sunny Italy was cold at that time of year.At the hotel I inquired about the cost of a double room & two meals daily on a weekly basis & when the man quoted the rate I thought it was expensive but accepted. We did go to Pompeii although it was too cold for Capri. We enjoyed looking at Vesuvius.After dinner the waiter questioned me,"Coffee, madame?" Although the coffee was too thick & too sweet I accepted it each evening but left most of it untouched.When we were ready to leave we asked for our bill and were stunned to find it seven times what we expected to pay.He quoted a daily rate instead of a wekkly rate I had carefully inquired azbout.And the coffee was an extra charge- more than a bottle of red wine.The manager just shrugged it off as a misunderstanding on our part.We learned an expensive lesson. ROME In Rome we found a fine pension with good food & reasonable lodging.Everything about our stay in rome was pleasant- the Colisum, the Vatican,the art galleries 7 all the usual tourist attractions.One noon we met a couple we had known on the PRESIDENT PIERCE- Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pardee of Saticoy,California.who were going around the world on a Cook's tour.They invited us to attend the opera with them that evening & to be their dinner guests at a nearby hotel.They said they we getting the best possible ticket & asked us to wear evening clothes. We set off for the opera dress in high style. The usher waved us upstairs. Mr. Pardee gave the tickets to the usher in the first balcony,but he waved us upstairs. This was repeated until we had reched the highest gallery & we were shown seats among people in street clothes.We had no opera glasses. The actors looked like pygmies.Mr. Pardee thought he had paid for orchestra seats & was incredulous (p37 FLORENCE "CAN WE PLEASE GO HOME?"When we arrived in Florence, we went to a pension near the Uffizi Gallery.The Uffizi was really an old palace- drafty & uncomfortable in an unusually cold February..Very few people were there.Jack took a great interest in the great works, but the marble floors were so cold that my feet actually hurt- Jack says I began asking, "Can we please go home?"In the Florence dining room one man always gave the Mussolini salute when he entered & left. VENICE Eventually we got to Venice, where we would not take a room until we felt the radiator- we were traveling by gondola, and our gondola waited while we inspected the room.As it turned out we were very comfortable in Venice, with a warm room, good food & excellent cheap white wine. Jack knew Venice well from his l909 visit with the Revenue Cutter School ship ITASCA, & we enjoyed all our sightseeing.One afternoon we were feeding the pigeons in Saint Mark's square when we met our friend Mr. Pardee, who was blue with the cold.This was serious as he was travelling for his health because of a circulatory disorder. He was staying in the expensive Royal Danielli hotel,but there was no heat there.Jack invited him to go with him to a shop where he bought long woolen underwear.Mr. Pardee put on the woolen underwear right in the shop.Then we got Mrs. Pardee,& they came to our pension to enjoy our heat & our white wine. Mr. Pardee sat right on our radiator. VIENNA "OCH- DER DONAU!"From Venice we went to Vienna, Austria. As my mother was born in Austria & I believe had spent some time in Vienna, I wanted to see the city & the Blue Danube river she had told me about.We found an excellent pension where many young Americans studying medicine lived.The food was ample & good & all the people were friendly.One morning we decided to look for the Danube.It was a gray day - we failed to find any river.Finally we stopped a woman who could speak no English & didn't know what I meant when I asked where the Danube was - in my college German- my mother had spoken a Galician Austro-German dialect at home.Finally I told her in German I was looking for the "Fluss Danube" & she suddenly understood & exclaimed, "Och- der DONAU!" She told us where to look, & I was disappointed to see a muddy slow stream that dull day in February.It was no BLUE Danube compared with the wonderfully BLUE Mediterranean we had seen on the Amalfi Drive outside Naples.We went to the opera in Vienna & sat in the first balcony among people in street clothes- people were munching sandwiches while waiting for the performance.We enjoyed Vienna and stayed as long as we could. MUNICH + OBERAMAGAU "HERR DOKTOR" In Munich we lived at the Pension Zenz for a most reasonable rate & were able to hire a car to Oberamagau out of season, where they showed us the costumes worn in the Christmas play.. We were in Munich at the tme of the Stark beer festival. People sat at the long tables eating sausages. They were very friendly & one couple wanted us to stay with them.People called Jack, "Herr doktor."The Museum of Science interested us greatly.A taxi driver who had been in the German Air Force l9l7-l9l8 took us about at greatly reduced cost because we allowed him to take his teen-aged son on our trips daily. PARIS RIVIERA MONACO MARSEIILES We took the train to Paris-where we lived in a good hotel & took most of our meals at the hotel.I tried frogs'legs, but Jack passed them up because he never ate anything with butter.He knew Paris well & showed me points of interest, especially paintings & sculpture in the Louvre Museum.We sat many hours on the banks of the Seine River just absorbing the atmosphere of Paris.We economized avoiding theaters & night clubs,saving for a trip to the Riviera, where we spent happy days in Nice &Mentone.We visited the Maritime Museum at Monaco, where a pursesnatcher grabbed my bag on a high stairway, but I held on firmly, & he gave up & ran away downstairs. We crossed into the Italian Riviera briefly- our passports were stamped going in, but we had to hurry back when the bus was leaving, so we were never properly stamped out again.Reluctantly we went to Marseilles on the day we were scheduled to sail for New York on the President VAN BUREN.Before we left, we enjoyed the famous fish soup boulabaise spelling? which Jack had enjoyed in l9l9 when aboard the USS SEATTLE bring American soldiers home to New York from Brest, Brittany end page 40 We had a very stormy, slow Atlantic crossing March 1932.When we boarded the VAN BUREN at Marseilles March 16, my trunk, with my new clothes for warm tropical weather -that had erroneously been put off the PRESIDENT PIERCE at Hong Kong -was aboard. The trunk itself was badly scarred and dirty but the contents were in perfect condition. It was a very rough trip. Even my husband, who always wanted to be out on deck aboard ship, contented himself with the ship's progress charts and good conversation in the lounge. One evning the smoke and confinement and noisy chatter in the lounge were just too much for me- I decided to go out and walk the deck for some fresh air and exercise.I had a hard time opening a door leading to the deck, but I finally managed. to pull it open, but as I was going out, the door banged shut again, catching my winter coat at the bottom and pinning me against the door out on the dark, windy, rain-swept deck., Although I tugged hard at my coat [14] I could not free it & I was petrified with fear.Finally I unbuttoned the coat, got my arms free of it took the coat off left it stuck in the door which I could not open. I ran as fast as I could to another door,which I couldn't open either.I was freezing on that cold deck when I saw someone with a flashlight coming along- a sailor who couldn't open the door either- but he took me down a ladder to a more sheltered door on the deck below, & I went above inside.My husband recovered my winter coat.Everyone agreed that I could have been blown overboard on that weather side.We lost more than five days on that trip across the Atlantic, arriving March 29 in New York. We were due to dock in New York very early in the morning, but we decided to stay aboard for breakfast,while waiting for the health and customs officials.We were out on deck on our way to the ship dining room for breakfast when a tall,good-looking man in his late thirties spotted my husband and smiled happily as he hailed us and rushed over to Jack- it was the first time I met his brother Bill. NEXT CHAPTER "COMMAND OF EAGLE 19 BOSTON 1932-1933, SOPHIE MEETS BARRETT FAMILY" FOOTNOTE In later contact with friends from PRESIDENT PIERCE 1932 the Barretts stayed in July 1939 at the lemon ranch of Harry Pardee in Saticoy, Ventura county California and visited Mrs. Dora Conover in Ossining New York summer 1940s. The Pardees also met the Barretts at San Pedro harbor of Los Angeles when they were boarding the Matson Line LURLINE to Hawaii July 10, 1941 - there was an elaborate send-off with long colored streamers. Dale Collins Captain of the PRESIDEMT PIERCE was a frequent visit at Barrett home Waikiki 1940s and played the Parker Brothers board game "Fire Chief" with John. The Barretts located him in 1970 and he wrote:. [Notebook 5 pages 285-7] Rear Admiral Dale E. Collins 459 Bever[wil?] Drive, Beverly Hills California, 90212 American President Lines SS PRESIDENT GARFIELD January 26, 1971 Dear Mrs. Barrett, Your letter of December 25 after many detours was finally received at home on January 11. = My wife Bettyna was in the hospital from December 16 1970 to January 18, 1971, and I was home on emergency leave. = = Before going into further detail I had better fill you in briefly on my past personal history since 1932. = Yes, I am the same Dale Collins that was chief officer in the PRESIDENT PIERCE when you and John traveled with us from Kobe to Naples. = As you perhaps know, I used to make training cruises about every year in various Navy vessels. = I was called to active duty in October,1941. I was navigator in the USS SPERRY from May, 1942, to November, 1942. I was commanding officer in the USS [ALUDU?] from December, 1942 to June, 1943, and was torpedoed and sunk off Guadalcanal on June 23, 1943. I next had command of the USS GUNSTUN HALL [?] LSD-5 and participated in all the Pacific operations from Kwajalein to Iwo Jma. = I was injured at Saipan while rehearsing for the Iwo Jima landings in February, 1945. I suffered a crushed pelvis by being caught between a landing boat and our flagship. = I was hospitalized for the rest of the war and was given command of the hospital ship USS CONSOLATION for one year before being restored to active duty on combatant vessels. = I served at the Naval War College 1946-1947,[then] Director Plans Division MSTS in Washington 1947-1949. = I was Commanding Officer USS GENERAL PUTNAM during Korean War 1951 to 1952. = I was Commander MSTS Mid-Pacific at Pearl Harbor 1952-1953 [and] Commander Service Division 31 at Senbo, Japan, 1953-1954. [I was] Chief of Staff to Commander MSTS 1954 to 1955. I was Commanding Officer USS MANCHESTER (light cruiser)1955-1956. = I was Chief of Staff to Commander Western Sea Frontier 1956-1957. = I retired from active duty in June, 1957. = (I transferred to Regular Navy 1946). = Upon retirement from active duty I returned to the American President Lines as skipper of various APL ships in the Round the World Service from 1957 to 1960, at which time I was transferred to shore duty with the American President Lines as manager of Industrial relations (Labor problems). = In ONSELATIONS (lABOR PROBLEMS).= In 1967 I reached the mandatory retirement age of sixty-five and retired as manager of Industrial Relations. = After retirement as Manager Industrial Relations I returned to sea as commanding officer of various American President Line vessels. There is no mandatory retirement age for skippers if you can pass the physical examination. = At present, as you can see, I am skipper of the SS PRESIDENT GARFIELD. Our itinerary includes Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Indochina, Singapore, -back to Japan -, thence to Los Angeles, - and on around to the East Coast to New York, Baltimore, Norfolk etc. = We arrived back in New York on December 25, 1970. On January 4 we arrived here in Baltimore and went into the shipyard for extensive overhaul and repairs. I took emergency leave on January 5th, as I was informed Bettyna was in the hospital. =On arrival at the St. John's Hospital on January fifth I found that Bettyna had TWO broken arms and had suffered a concussion. She had been struck by an auto while walking across Olympia Road near our home in Beverly Hills. She was returned from the hospital on January 18 although both her arms are still in casts, and she cannot even scratch her nose. She was required to vacate her room because she was considered 'ambulatory'- apparently the hospital desperately needs bed space. I was home when your letter arrived. = I returned to the ship last Monday, January 25th but will be relieved when the ship returns to the West Coast on or about February 15. I will have at least three months leave. = We were delighted to hear from you after all these years. We hope to hear from you again. Sincerely, Dale Collins."


 

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Edwyn Robert "Bob" Owen of Harvard class of 1958 made these two Pi Eta club member photos available for website.John Barrett visited Bob in June 1999 at his home in Topeka, Kansas, where he utilizes his Stanford Business School background as an investor in real estates and stocks.He has one son Bob in graduate study in biochemistry in Wisconsin.Bob keeps in touch with his 1960 Olympic hockey teammates Bill and Bob Cleary and Bob "Rabbit" McVey.He volunteers extensively in Topeka helping veterans and disadvantaged persons.Bob was an English major at Harvard, and John Barrett audited a course with Professor Bullitt, which Bob was taking on eighteenth century English literature, particularly Jonathan Swift.Bob was in Army Reserve in artillery and then worked for some years for Raven Industries, of South Dakota, where his father was President.The company made hot-air (and other) balloons for use in industry, logging, and military-intelligence purposes.Bob is very well informed on activities and whereabouts of Harvard alumni, particularly hockey players, Minnesotans, and members of class of 1958. Some Pi Eta graduates may be interested in obtaining copies of these two photos website ## 1314 bottom page 82 and #1315 top page 83.It may be possible to make good-quality printout from this website,but contact E. Robert Owen at 3630 SW Stratford Road, Topeka Kansas KS 66604 telephone (785)228-2061 and he can probably arrange to have copies made from his originals- ask him the cost - there is a good-quality copying center near his home.In 1956-7 Club officers were President Jim Joslin,Treasurer Sed Weske, Vice President Phil Haughey, Secretary Ed Galvin,Alumni Secretary King F. Lowe and in 1957-8 President King F. Lowe, Treasurer Dan Ullyot, Vice President Robert B. Cleary,Secretary John F. Carr Alumni Secretary William E. Collins.


 

 

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