Moore-McCormack

Mormacargo

 

SHIP NAME: Mormacargo

OFFICIAL NO:  296216

SHIP DESIGN:  C4-S-60a (MARAD Hull # 139)

BUILDER:  Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Ms. (Hull # 482)

                    

KEEL LAID:   

CHRISTENED BY:  Mrs. Lawrence C. Marshall

LAUNCH  DATE: 

COMPLETION DATE: Delivered August 14, 1964.

OVERALL LENGTH:  550'

SPEED:  24

PASSENGERS: 12

OUTSTANDING POINTS:    She was Mid-bodied to C6-S-60c, Tampa Ship Yard, August-December 1982.

PRIOR HISTORY: Built new.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  In August 1983 she became the American Argo for United States Lines.  Stella Lykes for Lykes Lines in 1986 and Magallanes in 1989. In 1992 she went to MARAD Beaumont Reserve Fleet.  January 6, 2006 she moved to All Star Metals Inc.  in Brownsville, Texas for scrapping on September 30, 2006.  MARAD received $25,286 to scrap her.

 

Mormaclynx

Mormaclynx

Mormacargo second from the left is under construction.  (Courtesy of Harold Vanderploeg.)

Mormacargo second from the left is under construction.  (Courtesy of Harold Vanderploeg.)

Mormaclynx

 

Mormacargo in the middle is under construction.  (Courtesy of Harold Vanderploeg.)

 

The Mormacargo was the first of a series of six cargo ships built at Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for Moore-McCormack Lines.  These ships, the first U.S. built merchant ships to be fully automated, allowed control of the ships' engines from the bridge.  The Mormacargo was launched on January 25, 1964, Ingalls Hull number 482, Constellation Class C4-S-60a.  She was turned over on August 14, 1964, and made her first "port of call" at the Commonwealth Pier in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 31, 1964. 

Chief Engineer Peter Castano became Superintendent of Engineers for Moore-McCormack Steamship Lines and Bulk Transport.

(Robert Castano, son of Peter Castano, provided this article.)

 

 

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