ARTICLE IN BUENOS AIRES NEWSPAPER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1941
Wartime Conditions on S.S. Brazil
The S.S. BRAZIL, Moore-McCormack liner, docked at the North Basin promptly at midnight. Despite this unusual hour for the arrival of the liner, Custom House officials worked conscientiously to assure
the quick dispatch of passengers by revising their luggage in the minimum of time.
With her funnel painted a dull grey and parts of her superstructure the same tone and minus the usual American flags painted on her sides, the
Brazil, under the command of Captain Edward G. Barrett,
came with well over 150 passengers and mails and general cargo.
Captain Barrett, who is well known in the River Plate, is succeeding Captain Harry Sadler, who is on vacation, spending Christmas with his family.
The S.S. Brazil sailed from New York on December 6, and shortly before the Japanese attack against the United States. Less than forty-eight hours later she was blacked out and remained so for the
entire trip to Buenos Aires.
Ports were coated with black paint and all, with their deadlights, were closed from sundown until eight o'clock the following morning for the journey to the River Plate. Black in the night with only
running lights showing (and sometimes not even these), the liner was a real ghost ship during the tropic nights.
Boat drills were frequent and attended in a spirit of calm determination by passengers and crew.
British authorities, during the voyage, removed five Japanese Government officials from the ship and, it was reported, they were sent by plane to Trinidad for internment.
With no night life on the dark decks, social activities centered in the public rooms of the Brazil.
Dances, horse racing and the other usual forms of entertainment continued as on ordinary voyages. An important notice posted on board the vessel during the trip, notified passengers that in order to
ensure the safety of the travelers and the crew, and of the vessel itself, it would be necessary to enforce a complete black-out at night.
Among the travelers to land was Mr. Thurman C. Tejan, a journalist of the International News service and who will, after spending a few days in Argentina, proceed to Montevideo. He intends to write a
series of articles during his stay in South America. Another journalist who arrived by the vessel is Mr. Bernard Fitzpatrick, who is going to Tucuman to study the sugar plantations and type of machinery used there for a report
to a trade magazine.
Passengers included many business men and their wives and a number of tourists who are returning by the same vessel.
The artists for the Tabaris who landed are Miss Mayara, contralto, Jack Barry, baritone, and Emily Darrow and Bill Dutton modern ballroom dancers.