A change of pace!

by The Boatswain | January 11th, 2006

After we left Farragut, Ellen went home to wait for the birth of our son. I went to Treasure Island, in San Francisco, and from there was sent, BY AIR, to Hickam Field in Hawaii. I didn’t get to stay there long, as I was ordered to fly south to Canton Island, in the Phoenix group of islands, to be the skipper of a 63′ crash boat stationed there.

This island was used as a refueling stop for flights to Australia, New Zealand, and all other South Seas destinations. The island was a joint possession of the United States and Great Britain, and we had a British Lieutenant as HIS countries Rep. and I was ours.

Pan American Airways was the real ruler of the island, as it had a hotel and maintained the air strip and the refueling facilities. The hotel they maintained was an overnight rest for passengers on the long flight North or South. Even Bob Hope and his USO troupe spent an overnight there.

Me and my crew: The dog I'm holding was named "Stinker"!

Me and my crew: The dog I'm holding was named "Stinker"!

This shows a view of the hotel.                       (Our Quonset hut was across the lagoon near a fueling dock)

This shows a view of the hotel. (Our Quonset hut was across the lagoon near a fueling dock)

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