Sailed from New York on December 3, 1964 for Buenos Aires, Montevideo,
Paranagua, Santos Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.
She had a conversion to Cargo/Container. This was accomplished by
the insertion of a 115' parallel midbody, addition of three electro
hydraulic cranes and certain other modifications. No US company
built shipboard cranes for deep sea.
The conversion was awarded to Steinbrenner and was to
be done in Tampa;
but the yard would have taken another 6 or more months to complete if
all were done there. Also, the US
wanted most of the equipment to be made in the US because of the conversion
subsidy. Problem, No
company built shipboard cranes for deep sea. So, they waived the
requirement so that foreign cranes could be built in time. So far, so
good, only Lakeshore industry in the midwest promised cranes to be
designed and built in time for at least one ship. They would subsidize
the delivery to the Great Lakes, nearer their plant and the Mormaclynx
happened to be in that rotation. She sailed to Toledo in the spring of
1982, did the conversion over the summer, and returned to the US East
Coast in the fall. Since she was on the Lakes, Mooremack decided to
show her off to some of Moore-McCormack Lines Midwestern clients.
Therefore, a Detroit River
visit after conversion (see photo.) Fortunately, this was the only US built cranes,
as they were problems from day one. The salt air and seagoing swells
were just too much for the delicate Great Lakes
designed circuit boards. They constantly had to have service and
finally carried 100% spare circuit boards and electronic parts. It
sealed the fate of using 100% Hagglund Cranes from Europe on all future
and present cranes on all subsidized and
government owned ships for decades. (Thanks to Captain Vanderploeg for
A five-foot model of the Mormaclynx
was presented to the Congress House Committee on Merchant Marine and
Fisheries in 1966.
A painting of her by Kinley Shogren was featured on
the cover of Summer 1967 "The Mooremack News."
She was the last ship to sail from
23rd Street Terminal on March 22, 1983.
Built new for Moore-McCormack.
In August 1983 she became the American Reservist for United States Line.
This name lasted till July 1992 when she became Corpus Christi.
She was cut up for scrap at Alang, India at the end of 1997.