("The Mooremack News," October
(Courtesy of Vincent
We at Mooremack have good reason to be
proud of the Mormacoak and her crew. According to a report from the U. S.
Embassy in Athens, Greece, the Mormacoak saved the lives of four Greek
seamen, survivors of the coastal vessel, Costasa, which sank in a storm off
the Peloponnese peninsula on September 25. Of the 19 persons aboard,
including three women and two children passengers, the four seamen were
believed to be the only survivors.
Captain Philip M. Slavin, master of the
Mormacoak, related that he had delivered five thousand tons of AMAG wheat at
Corfu and was en route to Salonika to discharge four thousand tons more when
his ship encountered the four surviving sailors almost four miles off Cape
Malea. At six o’clock Sunday morning (September 26) the deck officer on the
Mormacoak sighted a man in the water. A line was thrown and the man pulled
aboard. Circling about, they found two others clinging to wreckage.
Meanwhile, the British ship Llancollen
picked up a fourth man. Since the Llancollen was bound for England, it
transferred the man to the Mormacoak. The survivors were taken to Salonika
where they were hospitalized, suffering from exposure and extreme
Captain Slavin told the United States
Information Service that the survivors described the Costasa as a motor ship
carrying a heavy cargo. In a heavy sea it was lifted by a surge wave, then
slid into the trough of the wave and "just kept going down." That was at
8:30 Saturday night. It was ten hours later when the first of the four
survivors was picked up by the Mormacoak. The second and third were rescued
an hour later and then the fourth was transferred from the Llancollen. The
Mormacoak spent over five hours circling the area and searching for other
survivors, but nothing was seen but wreckage.
At Salonika, the Mormacoak’s crew purchased
clothes from ship’s stores for the four survivors before they were
transported by ambulance to the hospital.
We are sure that everyone joins us in congratulating Captain Slavin and his
men on a job well done.