Captain J. D. Buffett Meets Former Ship Mate At Boston

According to a Boston newspaper two old-time ship masters who once served on square riggers working the sealing waters off Cape Horn met again for the first time in nearly 50 years when the U. S. Army transport “General Howze” arrived at the Massachusetts city.

They are Captain J. D. Buffett of Pascagoula, of the Army Transport Command and Master of the “General Howze” and Captain Stanley Balcom of Watertown, Mass., a Boston harbor pilot for the past 40 years, who brought the “General Howze” into port.

As boys the two sailed aboard the old square riggers that put out from Halifax, N. S., in search of the fur-bearing animals off Cape Horn. They also sailed the waters of the River Platte, the African Coast and the Indian Ocean.

Captain Buffett settled in Mississippi and never made a trip north until about two weeks ago when he brought a shipload of displaced persons from Bremerhaven. Germany.

Captain Buffrtt was joined at Boston by Mrs. Buffett who made the trip north to see him and also to visit with Mr. and Mrs G. E. Smith at Portland, Me. Mr. and Mrs. Smith made their home in Pascagoula about nine years ago. She returned home during the latter part of last week. She also visited New York.

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