Moore-McCormack

Mormactide

 

 

SHIP NAME:  Mormactide(1)

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SHIP DESIGN:  Hog Island Class

BUILDER:  American International Ship Building Corp. Hull #497

                    

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LAUNCH  DATE:  03/14/1919

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PRIOR HISTORY: Launched as the Sagaporack. Purchased by American Scantic Line in 1928.  Named Mormactide in 1939.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  1939 sold to Lloyd Brasileiro as Midosi.  Scrapped in 1960.

   

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SHIP NAME:  Mormactide(2)

OFFICIAL NO: 240348

SHIP DESIGN:  C3

BUILDER:  Ingalls Ship Yard, Pascagoula, Ms.  Hull #255.

                    

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CHRISTENED BY:  Gloria McGehee

LAUNCH  DATE:  10/12/1940

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PRIOR HISTORY: Laid down as the Excelsior.

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  Operated by MML until purchased by USN on 08/20/42; 09/13/42 converted to troop transport at Atlantic Basin Iron Works [Brooklyn NY] renamed USS "Lyon" AP 71; 05/03/46 redelivered to MML as "Mormactide"; 1966 sold to Grace Line as "Santa Regina"; Jan 1972 scrapped at Kaohsiung Taiwan.

   

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SHIP NAME:  Mormactide(3)

OFFICIAL NO: 287875

SHIP DESIGN:  C4-S-1u (California Class)

BUILDER:  New Port News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia.  Hull #95

                    

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LAUNCH  DATE:  09/16/1961

COMPLETION DATE: 04/19/1962

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PRIOR HISTORY: Launched as Oregon for States Steamship Company.  02/15/77 acquired from States Steamship in a 4 [California Class] for 6 [1624 Class] ship "swap"

SUBSEQUENT HISTORY:  1983 to sold United States Line and laid-up in Brooklyn until 1986 USL bankruptcy; 1986 to MARAD, USNS "Cape Junction" TAK 507?; 1988 converted to C5-S-MA1, TAP 1001 (New York State School ship) "Empire State VI", Ft Schuyler NY

   

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Mormactide

Mormactide rudder being repaired.

The first Mormactide on sea trials. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Tom Ellsworth Copyright 2003-2004 - All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. If anyone wants copies, please email Tom at tbells@cox.net.)

Mormactide rudder damage proved no problem in Buenos Aires recently with combined efforts of Mooremack and Argentine Navy finishing repairs with "No loss of time."  The complete story can be read in the Spring 1957 Mooremack News.  (Courtesy of Bruce Muller, nephew of Captain Carl Finstrom, Port Captain and Operations Manager in Buenos Aires.)

Buenos Aires Operations Staff

Mormactide

Moore-McCormack Operations Staff in Buenos Aires.  Port Captain and Operations Manager, Captain Carl Finstrom, is in the middle of the photo in a double-breasted light suit.  (Courtesy of Bruce Muller.)

May 14, 1983 - The laid up cargo liners of Mormactide and Mormacwave at 39th Street, Brooklyn, New York.  (Courtesy of World Ship Society and Steamship Historical Society.)

 

 

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The above two photos where provided by Cadet Michael Arnold, VP of Suny Maritime SS United States Club, New York Maritime College.  They are of the Mormactide as she is today, Training Ship Empire State VI. 

Due to Hurricane Katrina's devastation in August 2005, the Empire State VI (Mormactide) is providing housing for 700 ConocoPhillips refinery workers, security and medical personnel as they rebuild the infrastructure of the third largest oil refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

January 2006 - The Empire State VI (Mormactide) is now in the Port of New Orleans housing employees from Antoine's Restaurant.   "Home for Chuck Wonycott these days is a cramped metal bunk with a thin foam mattress deep in the bowels of a merchant-marine ship docked at the Port of New Orleans.  His closet is a narrow locker.  His dining room is the ship's mess.  His bathroom resembles a bus station's."  Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, January 29, 2006.

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