"Your Valuables are VERY Safe on
the S.S. Argentina"
Just before the ship departed from New York, a person employed with a
safe company came on board to encode a new safe combination for that particular
voyage. (For each voyage this happened so the passengers' valuables, travelers
checks, etc., which were placed in the safe would be as secure as possible.)
When the safe-lock person finished encoding the new combination, he wrote
it down on a piece of paper and handed it to Thomas Murphy, Chief Purser. This
piece of paper is the only place the combination to the safe was recorded.
Murphy would then thank the safe-lock person and that person left the ship.
On one particular cruise, Murphy placed the paper with the new
combination to the safe into the safe and locked it! As the ship left the dock,
he realized what he had done and no one on board had the combination!! Murphy
knew the safe-lock person was the only one who could possibly know the combination, so
he frantically tried to reach him on the telephone and was so-o-o-o relieved when he
was able to reach him, BUT he informed Murphy that he didn't remember the combination.
Oh, oh! ALL the passengers' valuables, etc., were locked in the safe with no way
to access them.
When the ship reached the first port of call, a safe cracker was waiting
to board to try to crack the safe. BUT the safe wouldn't crack! This
pattern repeated at each port. No safe cracker could crack the safe!!!
While the safe was holding true to its name, Moore-McCormack Lines had money flown in
at each port for the passengers.
As it turned out, no one was able to crack the safe open. It was
only finally opened when the ship returned to New York over a month later!!!!
Only in New York!!
Poor Tom Murphy!!!