SHIP NAME:  Mormacowl

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SHIP DESIGN:   C2-S-B1

BUILDER: Moore Drydock, Oakland, Calf. Hull 245

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OVERALL LENGHT:  520 feet.

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PRIOR HISTORY: Launched as the White Swallow.  Purchased by Moore-McCormack Lines in 1947.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  Scrapped in 1969.

   
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  (Photo courtesy of Ginger Gerken Laplante)

Have you ever wondered what it was like to travel along the the coast of South American on a freighter in the 1950s?  Two ladies did just that in 1953.  Katharine Gerken and her sister, Dr. Helen Woodbridge spent two months on the freighter Mormacowl stopping at various port down the west coast of North and South America.  Katharine's daughter, Ginger Gerken Laplante compiled the story  based on letters, trip photographs and postcards from her mother.  You can take the trip with them in the photos below and Katharine's letters.  (The photos and Katherine's letters are copyrighted by her daughter, Ginger Gerken Laplante, who retains all rights to them.)

Katharine and Helen on gangway

Captain Collins

Katharine Gerken on the left and Dr. Helen Woodbridge on the right. Captain Collins

Life boat drill

Santos

Fire and boat drill. Santos from above.

Swiming pool.

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Swimming pool. (L-R Katherine Gerken, Lee Fields, Dr. Helen Woodbridge)  A note of interest:  These pools did not stay on the ships very long.  It was found out that they tended to cause the deck beneath them to rest very fast.

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To read about the entire trip click on the self appointed guide on the right. Guide