Log of the Thirteenth Voyage of S.S. Mormacwave
Wednesday, 21 November 1945 --
The first unit to board the ship for her 13th voyage was the 167 AAA Bn., who embarked about 1100 hours. They were the
advanced party for the ship and were charged with preparing for the reception of the other units who were to sail. About 1400 hours, the 3275 MAM Ord. boarded and the remaining units followed soon after. They were: 3456 Ord.,
3615 Ord., 36 Traffic Regulating Gp., 509 Signal, 571 Port Co., and 573 Port Co. At 1635 the gangplank was lifted away and at 1640 we "let everything go aft" and cleared the dock. At about 1806 we left Marseille Harbor and
headed for America. All quiet on ship.
Thursday, 22 November 1945–
Good weather enables ship to clear 417 miles in first 24 hours. Poker and craps reign supreme as money changes hands swiftly and
surely. Volunteers for mess details flood kitchen for soft jobs. Four 1st. Sgts. found below decks frothing at the mouth. Past performances on the sea are told and retold as sea legs are acquired by all hands.
Fire drill and abandon ship drill went off smoothly and in the evening we saw our first picture aboard ship, MR. EMANUEL.
Friday, 23 November 1945 –
Ship still making good time and everybody feeling fine up until about 1800 when a slow rolling motion of the ship slowed us down and
reduced the number of volunteer K.P.s in the kitchen. Rain began to fall and the temperament of the storm increased in violence so that on --------------
Saturday, 24 November 1945 –
The greater percentage of the passengers were ------- well, sicker ‘n hell. The first mate inspected the ship as usual and shook
his head sadly, especially when he inspected lower three. "Lower three," he said, "stinks." There were some faint mutterings about the consistent diet at breakfast but most passengers didn‘t care whether breakfast was there
or not. Another picture was shown that night, Jinx Falkenberg in TAHITI NIGHTS. Craps and poker were not evident.
Sunday, 25 November 1945 –
The storm continued to perform in reckless abandon but we continued to make headway and at noon we were 2589 miles from the U.S.A.
Someone is reported to have seen a dog on board but this was attributed to an hallucination brought about by sea-sickness–and there was no confirmation. The day ended as it began: rough.
Monday, 26 November 1945 –
The green hue continued to plague the ship but a few hearty souls went out on deck to watch the ship disappear into the waves. The
starboard deck was rather wet and the hatches on this side were secured to prevent men from being washed overboard. The Skipper deterred from course in a southerly direction to get out of the heart of the storm.
Tuesday, 27 November 1945 –
The fury of the sea abated somewhat and many new faces were seen outdoors. We picked up our speed considerably and the ship ceased
moving in three directions at once. K.P.s came back to work along with other mess personnel. Here a bouquet to the kitchen staff who worked on through the rough weather in spite of the difficulties and long hours. Games of
chance were evident again and the day ended with a brighter outlook all around.
Wednesday, 28 November 1945 –
Scrambled eggs for breakfast. At noon today we were only 1674 miles from home part and the Skipper reported that we would reach Cape
Henry, Virginia, at 1500 on Sunday. Although the day was calm, we ran into rough weather early in the evening but it was expected that it would not delay our trip. "Tidings" staff worked through the night to put out the