("The Mooremack News," October 1948)
(Courtesy of Vincent
Mooremack has made headlines once again,
this time with the arrival of the Mormacdawn in the Finnish port of
Helsinki. The Helsinki newspaper Suomen Sosialidemokraatti carried a
feature story of a reporterís impression of the ship and a photograph of her
as appeared at her pier. We are happy to reprint the story in part below.
"Helsinki harbor this summer has seen many
big ships which have come from far, stayed a couple of days and departed for
distant lands. The other day to Katajanokalle came the new and large
Mormacdawn, an American ship of the Moore-McCormack Lines. This vessel,
finished in September 1946, today leaves again to pick up additional cargo
"A Finnish newspaper reporter visited this
ship that has been on its way since July third. The shipís captain, Jesse
Hodges, was on shore at the time. However, the other shipís officers took
the reporter on a tour from the upper deck down to the engine room.
"Even though this ship is not yet two years
old, she has sailed upon many seas and seen many lands. This trip she has
visited Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki. But the
previous trip took them to Rio, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Trinidad.
Dark-haired Sidney Rubin showed this reporter the radio room with many
complicated instruments. Mr. Rubin also said that the Finnish people looked
very healthy. He then told of his visit into town the night before and
asked the reporter whether Finns are allowed to be gay and sociable. The
girls are very pretty but should be more frivolous.
"The shipís crew numbers fifty-five and
consists of many nationalities. The Chief Steward, Anders Christensen, is a
Dane, the cook a Negro, waiter a Chinese, and a Portuguese and a Brazilian
also are included. There will be sixteen passengers on the return trip. . .
. These Americans explained that the staterooms were the equivalent of any
"Chief Engineer James C. Johnson then took
the reporter on a tour of the engine room and explained that it takes
twenty-one men to keep all the engines in order. Also below deck were the
refrigerators for meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. This
reporter enjoyed a delicious American meal, even though much of which had
never been tasted before, including a Coca-Cola with floating ice."