1932 -  Honolulu Visit

 

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4th JUne, 1932 : Meher Baba on board the SS Monterey docked in Los Angeles harbour.
4th JUne, 1932 : Meher Baba on board the SS Monterey docked in Los Angeles harbour.

Meher Baba departed from Los Angeles Harbour on the ship "S.S. Monterey" for Honolulu on 4th June at 11pm  arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii on 9th June at 8 am.- less than 5 days journey.

 

 

The postcard below was sent to Delia De Leon in London, England

 

This chapter of Meher Baba's epic to the USA in 1932 is in 2 parts. The first is the visit to Honolulu, Hawaii and the second is the visit to the South Pacific - New Zealand & Australia by Rustom Irani, which is in the later part of this chapter.

 

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S.S. Monterey
S.S. Monterey

Captain A.G.Townsend U.S.N.R. was in command of the ship on it's full maiden voyage.

 Captain A.G.Townsend
Captain A.G.Townsend

 

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SS Monterey leaving port
SS Monterey leaving port

 

 

In the evening of June 4th, Marc Jones drove Baba and three of the mandali to the ship harbor, while Tod and Adi Jr. followed in Celeste W. Domola's car. Celeste was a cousin of the Joneses and had become very close and helpful to Baba during his stay. Marc's sister, Helen, was also of great help in keeping up with Baba's busy schedule. A large group followed to see Baba off. Baba boarded the Monterey, which was on its maiden voyage, and set out for Honolulu at eleven o'clock that night.

 

Baba shared his cabin with Carl Phillips. Tod had a cabin alone across from Baba's, and Chanji, Kaka, Adi Jr. and Beheram had another one nearby. The voyage, however, was not pleasant. Carl Phillips immediately got seasick and proved a veritable nuisance. The boy was disobedient and self-indulgent. Tod had to chase him from one end of the ship to the other, from the gym to the swimming pool, to get him to come to Baba when called. Carl's one thought seemed to be to enjoy himself as much as he could on this free holiday away from his parents. Baba was getting fed up with the boy's mischievousness and decided to send him back home at the first opportunity – as soon as they landed in Hawaii. Although Carl Phillips had been brought for Baba's work, Quentin Tod had to serve him night and day! It was always the case with whatever "ideal boy" was cared for by the mandali.

 

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4th June, 1932 : Meher Baba on board the SS Monterey docked in Los Angeles harbour.
4th June, 1932 : Meher Baba on board the SS Monterey docked in Los Angeles harbour.

Many on the ship came to see Baba and he surprisingly met them all. After four days at sea, they arrived in Honolulu on June 9th at eight in the morning and stayed at the Moana Hotel for two days. Rustom, ( Rustom K. Irani ) whom Baba had called from China, met them at the dock.

After a private meeting with Rustom, Baba decided to send him on to Australia and New Zealand that same day ( SS Monterey ).

This was to forge further links with the West, the result of which was made evident after a number of years when so many Australians came into Meher Baba's fold. Rustom, however, was not allowed to land in Sydney ***due to the strict immigration laws - "White Australia Policy "

 

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** Webmaster :  Rustom Irani and 5 other men mandali had arrived in China by the ship 

S.S. Chenonceaux from India on the 29th April staying with Herbert Davy. He obviously received a message from Baba to meet him in Honolulu on the 9th June.

 

*** Webmaster : The ship SS Monterey also sailed to Melbourne, Australia, it's last port of call. Rustom presumably was also not allowed to land, so he would have had sail all the way back to Honolulu and then sail for India via Asia.

 

S.S. Monterey Interior

Honolulu, Hawaii

Mid-1930s map of the Hawaiian Islands ( the Eastern tiny islands of the archipelago are not shown )
Mid-1930s map of the Hawaiian Islands ( the Eastern tiny islands of the archipelago are not shown )

Honolulu Harbour & Docks 1930s

SS Monterey arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii.
SS Monterey arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rustom K. Irani
Rustom K. Irani

Moana Hotel, Honolulu

June 1932 - Meher Baba in China.  Image has been edited and cropped by Anthony Zois.
June 1932 - Meher Baba in China. Image has been edited and cropped by Anthony Zois.
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Courtesy of Lord Meher : Vol.5 p 1668 - 1st Edition
Quentin Tod
Quentin Tod

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

Honolulu Pineapple Farms

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Courtesy of Lord Meher : Vol.5 p 1669 - 1st Edition

Liberty Theatre, Honolulu

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1918
Gladys George, actress
Gladys George, actress

 

On Friday, 10 June 1932, a friend of Elizabeth's named Mrs. Hutchins came with her sister to see Baba. (They had come to meet the ship, also.) Baba went for another drive in the afternoon through Honolulu, to the Niumalu Hotel and later to the Honolulu (Waikiki) Aquarium. In the evening Baba went to the Liberty Theater and saw Gladys George in the play, A Church Mouse.

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The Liberty Theatre

1179 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI ( demolished in 1980 )

Niumalu Hotel, Honolulu

 

Letter to Meher Baba from Quentin Tod  - 14th June 1932, using the hotel stationary whilst sailing back to Los Angeles.

Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India

 

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Poor as a Church Mouse (German: Arm wie eine Kirchenmaus) is a 1931 German musical comedy film.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_as_a_Church_Mouse

*** There is no record of the Huimalu Hotel or of Mrs. Hutchins.

 

 

Honolulu ( Waikiki ) Aquarium

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1961
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Courtesy of Lord Meher : Vol.5 p 1669 - 1st Edition
Mrs. Louise Olga Dillingham at La Pietra
Mrs. Louise Olga Dillingham at La Pietra
Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Dillingham
Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Dillingham

La Pietra, Honolulu

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Courtesy of Lord Meher : Vol.5 p 1670 - 1st Edition
SS  EMPRESS OF JAPAN ( later in 1942 SS. SCOTLAND )
SS EMPRESS OF JAPAN ( later in 1942 SS. SCOTLAND )

Nearly all the staff on board ship were Japanese. As the ship steamed out of Honolulu harbor, a jazz band played as native Hawaiian women sang and danced, waving handkerchiefs and throwing flowers.

 

Settled in his cabin, Baba asked for Kimco's letters to be read again and again. Tears came to his eyes as he listened to their heartfelt words of love describe the agony they underwent in their separation from him.

On Sunday, June 19th, the boat landed at 6 A.M. in Yokohama. Baba got off with the mandali, and they refreshed themselves. At ten o'clock they went for a tour of Japan's second largest city. After an hour's taxi drive, they had a snack and walked through the crowded streets. They returned to the ship at noon and set sail at two o'clock.

They landed at 8 A.M. on June 20th in Kobe, Japan, where Baba and the mandali again got off and strolled throughout the city. They returned to their ship at 1 P.M. and sailed two hours later.

 

In Brief :

Baba sailed from Honolulu at noon on the 11th June to Yokohama, Japan. Arriving 19th June at  6AM, sailing the next day to Kobe, Japan arriving at 8AM on the 20th and sailing the same day at 3PM onto Shanghai,China. They arrived on the 22nd June at 2:30 PM.

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 Ship wire message sent from the SS Empress of Japan Herbert Davy
Ship wire message sent from the SS Empress of Japan Herbert Davy

 

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S.S.  EMPRESS OF JAPAN ( later in 1942 S.S. SCOTLAND )

SS  EMPRESS OF JAPAN
SS EMPRESS OF JAPAN

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The following illustrates the voyage the S.S. Monterey made to Australia.

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Courtesy of Lord Meher : Vol.5 p 1668 - 1st Edition

Details of the route as well as the prices, but the itinerary is for 1930–31. The following options are given:

Matson Line: Sydney (Nov 1)–Suva (Nov 6)–Pago Pago (Nov 7)–Honolulu (Nov 14)–San Francisco (Nov 20). Other sailings departed regularly (usually fortnightly) throughout the year, so basically for 20 days at sea, Sydney to San Francisco.

The prices were:

  1. Single ticket:
    First Class - £73
    Second Class - £50/10/-
    Third Class - £31/10/-

Nautical certificate for crossing the Equator
Nautical certificate for crossing the Equator
SS Monterey's Promenade deck
SS Monterey's Promenade deck
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FIJI FLAG

S.S. Monterey in Suva, Fiji

The sailing distance to Suva, Fiji from Honolulu is 5,072 km or 3,152 miles

The sailing distance to Auckland, New Zealand from Honolulu is7,080 kms or 4,400 miles.

 

Auckland, New Zealand

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NEW ZEALAND FLAG
AUCKLAND 1940s
AUCKLAND 1940s
AUSTRALIAN FLAG
AUSTRALIAN FLAG

 

 

S.S. Monterey in Sydney, Australia

SS MONTEREY IN SYDNEY HARBOUR  1930S
SS MONTEREY IN SYDNEY HARBOUR 1930S

The sailing distance to Sydney from Honolulu is 8,150 kms or 5,064 miles.

 

 Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on March 19th 1932
Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on March 19th 1932
1930S ; SS MONTEREY MOORED IN SYDNEY
1930S ; SS MONTEREY MOORED IN SYDNEY

The sailing distance to Melbourne from Honolulu is 8,864 kms or 5,508 miles.

 

Melbourne in the late 1930s
Melbourne in the late 1930s

Station Pier, Port Melbourne

June 1932 : Meher Baba in China. Image cropped & edited by Anthony Zois
June 1932 : Meher Baba in China. Image cropped & edited by Anthony Zois

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