Moore-McCormack

Mormacaltair

 

SHIP NAME:  Mormacaltair

OFFICIAL NO:  298129

SHIP DESIGN:  C4-S-60a (MARAD Hull # 143)

BUILDER:  Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Ms. (Hull # 486)

                    

KEEL LAID:   

CHRISTENED BY:  Mrs. William E. Stockhausen

LAUNCH  DATE: 

COMPLETION DATE: Delivered March 26, 1965

OVERALL LENGTH:  550'

SPEED:  24

PASSENGERS: 12

OUTSTANDING POINTS:    She was Mid-bodied to C6-S-60b, Todd Ship Yard, Galveston, Texas, June 1975.

She was fitted with an anti-rolling tank stabilizer system (Flume Stabilization System.) The first to be equipped in the Mooremack fleet.

February 11, 1966, she inaugurated  the first, fast weekly container service between the United States and Europe.  At this time she held the blue ribbon trans-Atlantic speed record.

In 1966, she brought a Sky Tower which was set up in Atlantic City.  The tower consisted of several tubular parts, each quite long, plus crates of parts.  The ship also brought a load of Christmas ornaments.  Some of the hollow tubes were used for the Christmas ornaments.  Captain Harold Vanderploeg was the Chief Mate on this voyage.

PRIOR HISTORY: Built new.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  In August 1983 she became the American Altair for United States Lines.  In 1987 she went to MARAD for modification to C6-S-MA-60d, TACS-9 (Crane Ship) Green Mountain State. March 15, 1992 went to Ready Reserve Force, short crewed in Bremerton, Washington.  July 28, 2006 went to National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif.

   

Mormacaltair

Mormacaltair

On the ways. (Photo courtesy of Captain Harold Vanderploeg)

Starting down the ways. (Photo courtesy of Captain Harold Vanderploeg)

Mormacaltair

Mormacaltair

She hits the river. (Photo courtesy of Captain Harold Vanderploeg)

The tugs take control. (Photo courtesy of Captain Harold Vanderploeg)

Mormacaltair

Mormacaltair

(Photo courtesy of Captain Harold Vanderploeg)

(Photo courtesy of Capt. Tom Ellsworth Copyright 2003-2004 - All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. If anyone wants copies, please email Tom at tbells@cox.net.)

Mormacaltair in the Panama Canal 1970

 

In  the Panama Canal, 1970. (Courtesy of site dedicated to Radio Operator Erdem Yurtseven.)

 

   
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