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 & 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's Dollar Lines tour guide

Delayed Honeymoon
}C{Sophie Barrett on escorted Pagsanjan Canyon canoe tour,
southeast Luzon #790 p 25
Pagsanjan Canyon, Southeastern Luzon Phillipines p 3 # 24
Map of Dollar Line routes and Travel of Jack and Sophie Barrett l929-1932 {5} {7}

After marriage at New York City Hall 2 pm Friday June 21, l929, Jack traveled by train to Chicago and San Francisco, where he bought Voightlander camera that was used in many photos on the website. He traveled to Manila on ammunition ship NITRO, was briefly aboard destroyers POPE and EDSALL and served on destroyer TRUXTUN until transferred May 1930. When TRUXTUN skipper Charles B. C. Carey developed tuberculosis, Jack Barrett was in acting command during October 1929 cruise to Zamboanga, Jolo and other out-of the way ponts in southwest Philippines.In Feb-March l930 TRUXTUN proceeded up Yangzte River to Nanking, then capital of China, where Jack and other officers met American consular official Paul Meyer and his fiance Harriet Cogswell, whom Sophie knew at Mount Holyoke. When Jack was transferred May 1930 to gunboat TULSA based in North China near Tientsin,Sophie left her job at Macy's New York, traveled by train to Portsmouth Virginia and boarded large Navy transport HENDERSON, August 1930, visiting Port-au-Prince Haiti, Panama Canal, Corinto Nicaragua, San Diego, Los Angeles,San Frnacisco, Yosemite, Honolulu, Guam, Manila,Hong Kong, Shanghai, and taking local transport to Chingwantao.

Baguio Northern Phillipines
Sophie on camel near Sphinx and Pyramids
p 1397
Sophie Barrett on camel with Jack along
p 27 # 802
  January l932, Egypt - "Till the sands of the desert grow cold"- Jack says they were unusually cold in January l932 when the Barretts and Pardees and Mrs. Conover visted from Dollar lines PRESIDENT PIERCE - Dale Collins was the Captain, who visited the Barretts in Waikiki l940's  
Sophie Barrett in Sultan's Gardens, Johore, Malaya
l932 p 35-917 (7
Sophie Barrett in Sultan's Gardens, Johore,
Malaya January
Sophie and Jack Barrett at Sultan's Gardens, Johore,
Malaya l932 p 35-#915 (7){J}{S}

In January-February l932 Jack and Sophie took leave and traveled on Dollar Line PRESIDENT PIERCE Kobe Japan to Naples Italy via Philippines, Singapore, Ceylon,Egypt. After an eighteen day tour of Italy, Austria, southern Germany and France, they returned to New York on PRESIDENT VAN BUREN March l932.

Jack Barrett purchased wooden bookends made in the cool upland tourist area of Northern Luzon, which he visited probably Dec. 1929 and some time in 1939 when aboard destroyer TRUXTUN and tanker TRINITY.

Jack and Sophie Barrett aboard PRESIDENT PIERCE January 1932. #983 {7}

Ship officer at left may be Dale Collins, captain of the Dollar Liner PRESIDENT PIERCE, who visited the Barretts in Waikiki in l940s at 2415 Ala Wai Boulevard.When Jack completed service on gunboat TULSA based at Tientsin, around New Year's Day 1932, he and Sophie boarded a Japanese passenger ship from Tankgu, North China to Kobe, after a terrifying encounter in which two Japanese sentries crossed their bayonets in front of Sophie, as a Japanese troopship was at the next pier.

From Kobe the Barretts traveled Shanghai,Hong Kong, Manila - side trip to beautiful Pagsanjan Canyon in southeast LUZON,Singapore, Johore, where they visited Sulktan's Gardens, Kandy, Ceylon; (Sophie says they say Ghandhi-hatted Gandhi demonstrators in an unscheduled stop at Bombay) to Suez - side trip to Sphinx, Pyramiods, Shepperds Hoptel Cairo through Straits of Messina Scylla-Chyarybdis to Naples Feb. l932 very cold weather,.They took eighteen day tour Nasples, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna Munich OPberammagau (Salzburg?), Paris (Louvre) Marseilles Nice Monaco Riviera, then returned to New York on VAN BUREN late March 1932

Elephants near Kandy, Celyon - today Sri Lanka
From Dollar line l930 tour guide which Jack and Sophie used planning their world tour January March l932 aboard Dollar Line PRESIDENT PIERCE Kobe Japan to Naples Italy and PRESIDENT VAN BUREN Marseilles
Paradniya Gardens Sri Lanka {Ceylon} 1932 - p 48 #1013

Unexpected Detour - Honeymoon with Jack and Sophie Barrett


Jack and Sophie traveled more than sixty miles by train to Kandy the capital of Ceylon from the port of Columbo where the PRESIDENT PIERCE docked late January l932.

Jack collected may souvenirs. Unfortunately Sophie's trunk with light-weight tropical clothing had been misdirected at Hong Kong, so she had mainly winter clothing crossing the hot tropical region from Philippines to Egypt during an otherwise thrilling and enjoyable "honeymoon" with Jack Barrett.

Sophie and Jack Barrett and skipper Dale Collins aboard PRESIDENT PIERCE 1932 - p 64 #1162
Skipper Dale Collins of Dollar liner PRESIDENT PIERCE visited Jack and Sophie Barrett in Waikiki toward end of World War II. He is at left of this photo, and Sophie and Jack Barrett are at right. 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.  
Letter from Dale Collins
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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