The S.S. Brazil articles contained herein were published by and for Mooremack Employees Ashore and Afloat.
("The Mooremack News," October
(Courtesy of Vincent
Captain Jim Harris,
stevedoring superintendent of Moore-McCormack Lines, has been on the
waterfront of the Port of New York some thirty years and in that period has
handled dozens of problems of all kinds. But he came upon a new one in late
The afternoon of the
scheduled sailing of the liner Brazil, a power shut down tied up a
section of Manhattan, including the facilities at Pier 32, North River.
Among the tasks to be performed were the transfer of passengers’ luggage
from pier to ship and the removal of the gangplanks. Both tasks normally
are handled by electric power.
In the matter of baggage,
Captain Harris got down to that basic equipment, hand power. Some 2,000
pieces which should go aboard by endless belt were carried aboard by hand.
But the removal of the gangplanks was something else. Nothing daunted,
Captain Harris ordered a steam-powered crane brought to the south side of
the pier. The Brazil was berthed on the north side. He linked ropes
to the crane’s power facilities, strung the ropes across the lower level of
the pier, then up the side of the ship to the falls of the gangplank and
affixed them. When sailing time came, the power of the crane, about 150
feet from the gangplanks, was applied to free them and let them down. Off
went the ship, only seven minutes behind the scheduled five o’clock
departure. Captain Harris watched her go, turned and headed for home.
Simple as that. Tomorrow’s problems would come tomorrow.
PS. The New York Times
thought well enough of the stunt to give it a box on Page 2 next morning.
The Brazil in Color
("The Mooremack News," April
(Courtesy of Vincent
The Moore-McCormack liner Brazil
made its bow in millions of American homes in recent months, through the
medium of the printed page. Some weeks ago the brewers of Pabst beer,
in a campaign to associate their product
with well-known people and popular places, had Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence
Tibbett pose aboard the Brazil. The resulting photograph, in
color, was used in a nation-wide campaign, that included Life, Look and
Collier’s magazines, our line being identified with the famous opera
star and his wife.
("The Mooremack News," December
(Courtesy of Vincent
For more than twenty years, travelers
between North and South America have known Harry N. Sadler, master of
the S.S. Brazil, as Captain Sadler. To the Navy, however, he had
been Lieutenant Commander Sadler, U.S.N.R., this despite the fact that
he commanded the Brazil throughout the recent war, taking her
into the Atlantic and the Pacific, in the Mediterranean invasion and
various other areas of fighting.
In June Captain
Sadler left his ship and reported at Norfolk, Va., for a fourteen-day
tour of duty as part of his responsibility to the Naval Reserve. When he
returned to his ship he was Captain Harry N. Sadler, U.S.N.R. Word of
his promotion preceded him to South America when he again sailed on the
Brazil in September, and along the route at the various ports of
call he received the congratulations of his many friends.
Sadler’s absence, the Brazil was commanded by her chief officer,
Howard F. Lane, and when he arrived back in New York he commented
smilingly, that, while he had spent the major part of his maritime
career in the South American trade, this was the first time he had
commanded a passenger ship operating in it. Captain Lane became a third
officer back in 1927 and came to Moore-McCormack in January 1939, as
first officer of the Brazil.
During the war he
commanded several ships, including the Mount Evans, the Mormachawk,
the Sweepstakes, the Mormacsun and the Mormacdawn.
He has made thousands of friends in the Latin- American area through his
time as Captain Sadler’s first aide, and in his first assignment as her
master carried off the honor in his usual capable manner.
After the above had
been written the editors checked a bit farther and discovered that
Captain Thomas Simmons of the sister ship Argentina, who had also
commanded his ship throughout the war and whose status had been the same
as Captain Sadler’s in the reserve, had also been raised to the rank of
captain. Captain Simmons is only one year back of Captain Sadler in his
experience in the Latin-American trade.
Preview of "Nancy Goes to Rio"
("The Mooremack News," June
Nancy Craig is a
vivacious young woman who livens up the radio waves with
a program of commentary for the American Broadcasting
Company, operator of New York station WJZ. Miss Craig
described an evening aboard the S.S. Brazil, at
which a preview of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, "Nancy Goes
to Rio," was shown, and she told her story so
"Yesterday was full
of fun and excitement. Last night … four of us drove
down the West Side Highway … to the Moore-McCormack Line
Pier at the foot of Canal Street to board the S.S.
Brazil. With all the attendants ushering us along …
the bustle and excitement … the automobiles along with
stacks of luggage and trunks and supplies waiting to be
loaded … and the tractors running hither and thither … I
felt going up that gangplank that I was really going to
sail for Rio.
"Hardly had we
boarded the ship before a big poster announces NANCY
GOES TO RIO. But it was another Nancy, I regret to say
… the Nancy played by Jane Powell in the new MGM picture
titled 'Nancy Goes to Rio.'
"What could be a
more fitting spot for a prevue than the S.S. Brazil?
It was a wonderful party … and a very amusing picture …
Ann Sothern plays the role of the glamorous actress, and
mama of a youngster who is also an actress to her very
finger tips … Jane Powell in this case, who is fresh and
pretty and sings like a lark … With Louis Calhern
playing the grandfather who has also served his term in
the theatre, you have a wonderful trip … And that
delightful clown Carmen Miranda, and you may have some
small idea of the fun in store waiting for you in this
new film, 'Nancy Goes to Rio.'
"As she repeats the
lines to herself … something about 'I won’t hold you …
and when the baby comes' … this personable coffee king
played by handsome Barry Sullivan overhears Jane Powell
and is quite certain she is in serious trouble. He and
his partner, played by the inimitable Carmen Miranda,
proceed to take Nancy under their wing and watch over
her and comfort her and try indirectly to help her out
of a situation she isn’t actually in, of course ….
"It is very amusing
… and a feast for the eyes … It’s a Technicolor picture
… and the scenes in Rio are simply magnificent … One
more spot in the world on my list of 'musts to see.'
Can you imagine what a wonderful trip it would be?
"After the picture …
the cocktail lounges were opened along with the dining
room, where the series of buffet tables made me long for
my own camera. They were fabulous … laden with whole
sliced turkeys and hams and mammoth roasts of beef …
ducks and tongue in aspic … fantastic platters of
lobsters in the shells … salads of all kinds … and
cheese and pastries ….
was a wonderful party … to see Nancy off to Rio … and of
course when we came out on deck afterwards … and saw the
snowfall … we were ready to turn right around and head