Seven New Ships
("The Mooremack News," April 1946)
(Courtesy of Vincent
Mrs. Styles Bridges, wife of the United
States Senator from New Hampshire, crashed a bottle of champagne against the
prow of a new ship in the yard of the Ingalls Shipbuilding Company at
Pascagoula, Mississippi. Thus the cargo-passenger vessel Mormacgulf
was started clown the ways and a $21,000,000 building program was launched.
A few weeks ago, papers were signed which
formalized the transfer to Moore-McCormack of the Mormacsaga, sister
ship of the Mormacgulf. And with that gesture, this building program
was completed. Between the first launching and the final acceptance, seven
ships had been launched, tested at sea, and accepted.
These are not ordinary ships. In fact, their
records individually and collectively thus far have drawn attention from
shipbuilders and operators and from shippers and travelers in both the North
and South Atlantic trades. They were specially designed for Moore-McCormack
The first four of the group – the
Mormacgulf, the Mormacisle, the Mormacdawn, and the
Mormacland—have been assigned to the American Republics service to the
East Coast of South America. The other three—the Mormacmail, the
Mormacpenn, and the Mormacsaga have been assigned to the American
Scantic run to Scandinavian and Baltic ports. From the very start of their
operation, the quality of the performance to be expected of these ships was
indicated clearly. The Mormacgulf on her maiden voyage maintained a
speed of 18.85 knots on the run from Santos to Trinidad. Then the
Mormacmail, first of the group assigned to the American Scantic service,
reached Gothenburg in eight days, eight hours, and eleven minutes.
Several maritime publications, particularly
those interested in the engineering aspects of shipping, have carried
detailed stories of the new ships, with very favorable comment editorially.
They emphasized such features as the spacious holds, the heavy-lift
equipment, the refrigerated Space, the deep tanks, and the Cargocaire
Each of the ships is 492 feet long and has
17,600 displacement tons, moulded beam of 693-1/2 feet and draft of 283
feet. Each ship is equipped with twenty ten-ton booms, which are an
inducement to shippers of heavy and cumbersome freights. Cargo space
includes 70,000 cubic feet of refrigerated space per ship, and Cargocaire
equipment is in each ship.
These ships were designed during that period
when the war’s end was approaching and when enthusiasm for the
potentialities of the “new world” was at its peak. This enthusiasm was
caught by the designers, and by the officials of Moore-McCormack Lines, too,
whose highest ambition has always been to extend to their shippers the best
that can be produced.