The ocean liner articles
for the S.S. Argentina, S.S. Brazil and S.S. Uruguay contained herein were published by and for Mooremack Employees Ashore and Afloat.
Angy the Traveler
("The Mooremack News," January
(Courtesy of John-Paul
Angy Marasco spent Christmas away from his home in Seymour, Connecticut. But Angy was accustomed to it. He had been away from home
many Christmases in recent years. As leader of the orchestra of the S.S. Argentina, he was at sea, approaching Rio de Janeiro, and he and his
musicians helped make Christmas at sea one of joy and pleasure for the several hundred passengers and crew members aboard ship.
Angy was the last of the passenger liner orchestra leaders to leave his ship early in 1942, when war summoned the S.S. Brazil to other
duties, and he was the first of the leaders to return when the Argentina resumed peacetime service last January. In between, he spent his Christmases in various parts of the world, in work that ranged from seagoing tasks under
war conditions to jam sessions at Christmas parties.
Angy, an accomplished violinist and saxophonist, was planning to go ashore to study at the Yale University School of Music when the
war came. That first Christmas after Pearl Harbor he spent at sea with the Brazil. The next Christmas, in 1942, he spent in Trinidad managing the mess hall for the company that built Fort Read. In 1943, he was a yeoman on the
S.S. Mexico on his way back from Glasgow with troops, in 1944 in the Pacific with the Mexico and in 1945 with the same ship as she lay in drydock in California. He was out of service by 1946, but spent Christmas in New Haven,
playing at a party, and in 1947, was again in that same New Haven.
Angy is a native of Seymour, Connecticut, and has thousands of friends among the students of his Connecticut, through proms and
parties at which he has played. He is a real Mooremackite, having served on all three of the big passenger liners. He came to us first in February of 1940, joining the Uruguay, transferred next year to the Argentina and late
in 1941 went to the Brazil where the war found him.
Which ship is best? "How can you say when they're all perfect?" he replies.
("The Mooremack News," April
(Courtesy of Vincent
Whenever the News editors get an idea
they can publish this journal without mentioning Eleanor Britton, our
chief of cruise directors, something comes along to prove them wrong.
For example, this choice bit, by Alice Hughes, widely syndicated King
Features columnist, just can’t be kept out of a Mooremack publication:
"Ocean M.C. — Met a gay girl the other
night, Eleanor Britton, cruise directress of the Moore-McCormack Lines.
'I should be on the ocean this minute,' she told me, 'but the cruise
business is so terrific they grounded me to train more entertainment
directors. Never had a season like this. The boats are packed; folks
have money; seemingly no cares. All they want is to have fun. In 60
cruises to South America, I’ve watched Latins from Manhattan making
repeat trips. South America fascinates North Americans.' Any
complaints on these cruises, I asked blonde, attractive Miss Britton.
'Just one. Girls who take cruises seem to think a husband comes with
the price of a ticket. All we do is guarantee the moonlight. Beyond
that, every girl is on her own.'"
("The Mooremack News," April
(Courtesy of Vincent
One of the most successful passenger
operations in Mooremack’s history was conducted the past Winter when the
liners Argentina and Brazil sailed on special 4-day
cruises to the Rio de Janeiro carnival. A total of 600 passengers made
the trip, and in true carnival fashion the Operations Department set up
a holiday atmosphere at Pier 32, North River, during the hours preceding
The Misses Gloria Roselle and Jean Mayne
of the Passenger Department, crowned queens of carnival
for the respective ships, appeared at the gangplank attired in Latin
American fashion, the ships’ orchestras entertained with appropriate
music, and as the ships prepared to sail the passengers were given
serpentines and pompoms, which lent added color.
Two national photographic syndicates
carried the queens’ pictures all over the country, with resulting fan
mail from the deep South and the far West. Too, the ports of Hamilton,
Bermuda, and Barbados, in the West Indies, welcomed the ships as
distinguished visitors, those ports of call having been added to the
The ships served as hotels for the
passengers during their stay in Rio and that city, in typical fashion,
made the folks feel to home. Mooremack sponsored a competition for
special Rio carnival songs, and New York’s celebrated radio Station WQXR
staged a special program of the songs, supplied by us.
("The Mooremack News," July
(Courtesy of Vincent
Three changes, one permanent. two
temporary, were made recently in the purser’s department, and since they
represent an opportunity for some of the fellows to show their talents
as well as reward for talents proven, they arc worth noting.
The most important, since it is a permanent
move, involves Maurice Scharman, appointed
chief purser of the Brazil. Mr. Scharman brings a wide sea experience to
his new post. He started in 1929, serving as purser of several ships of the
Dollar Line. He served in the Navy during the war, in South America and
India, and joined Moore-McCormack Lines in 1946 as assistant purser of the
Mormacport. He also served as purser of the Mormacdawn and then was
transferred to the Uruguay as assistant purser before being transferred to
the Brazil in the same capacity. His next move
up the ladder places him in charge of all pursers of the Brazil.
When the Argentina sailed for South America
in June, Aldo Mario was on as chief purser and John C. Perry as cabin
purser, this because Harold Glynn, the regular chief purser, was ashore for
a vacation. Both Messrs. Mario and Perry are familiar figures to travelers
aboard the Argentina.
Mr. Mario, the regular cabin purser of the
ship, came with us in March, 1941, to serve aboard the Brazil, and became
senior assistant purser of the Argentina in January 1943, a post he held
throughout the war. During 1947 he served as purser of nine different ships
of the Mooremack fleet and returned in December of 1947 to the Argentina
when she was being prepared to return to the South American service. He was
aboard when she made her first post-war sailing in January 1948, and has
Mr. Perry came to Mooremack in May 1939, as
a purser’s clerk aboard the Argentina, remaining until September 1943 when
he transferred to the John A. Harlan as assistant purser. He served as
assistant purser of three Mooremack ships until returning to the Argentina
as junior assistant purser as the ship prepared to resume her post-war
operation. He took Mr. Mario’s place on the June sailing.
the Brazil when she left New York June 17 was Harry Lindquist serving as her
Chief Steward in place of Joseph Palchinsky, who is ashore temporarily. Mr.
Lindquist is assistant to Harry Richardson, Commissary Superintendent, and
has had long experience as Chief Steward at sea.