problem with the Guestbook.
four List of Passenger.
Ecker, Margaret Ecker, and Joe Stone visited the Museum. Charles and
Joe donated several items before and during their visit. See our new
page on the Museum at The Company > Museum.
Roos visited the Museum and donated several items. His father, Sven E.
Roos, was Captain of many MML's ships.
We visited with
Admiral Robert C. Lee's daughter, Mollie, in Vero Beach several days ago.
It was so great visiting with her and her husband, Edward. Edward
moved down to Ipanema in Rio at the age of four months, He lived there
from 1920 through 1935. His family had the fourth house in Ipanema and
was there before Cristo de Redentor was on Corcovado! He was there
before Christ!!! they were an absolute delight to visit with, we wish
we could have visited longer. As a result, we are uploading some of
Mollie's photos, including one where she christened the Mormachawk.
Poor Mollie! You can really see that she put her heart and soul into
christening the ship, but she ended up going to the hospital afterwards
because the champagne bottle cut her up.
We do want to thank Admiral Lee's son, Robert C. Lee,
Jr., for getting us in touch with his sister. He is the one who found
donated to the MML Museum two lounge chairs from the 1958 ships and
waterline models of several cargo liners. They are wonderful additions
to the museum. We can't thank Sam enough. See the photos on the
site. Anyone coming down this way to Florida this winter, be sure to
drop in and visit our museum. Fortunately, no hurricanes this year, so
we're still standing.
believe I'll be saying "Happy New Year!" again soon. I know we didn't
get an e-mail out to ya'll late last year, but we hope to this time
especially to let everyone know we're still here.
Happy New Year! As we continue to upload items, we
are going through the site, page by page, making sure everything works and
to change anything we need to.
01/20/2007, we gave a presentation in Port Charlotte, Florida, in front of
the Steamship Historical Society of America. We took artifacts for
everyone to look through and gave a slide presentation as we spoke about the
history of Moore-McCormack and why we started the site. Although
everyone had an enjoyable time, tears were shed from various members as the
video ran showing the New Orleans (S.S. Argentina) leaving for
Alang. See our page in The Company section.
We're back. Actually we've been working on the
site, but adding photos and tidbits here and there. You
wouldn't believe the documentation we have acquired. We may have to go
out and rent a place just for the museum. But Bill is placing the
information on the computer for easy access and research. Since our
last entry in July we have been to Rio and back. It was like being
home once again; like I never left. We didn't want to come back, but
you know how it is. So, we have added a haunting section for Mooremack
in Rio. We hope you enjoy it. Just to the menu for
The Company > Mooremack's Haunting Grounds > Rio de
2006 issue of "Sea Classics" magazine features the gold story of the
Mormacsea with a twist by the author at the end. Something some of
us never knew. So be sure you check the magazine out.
years, we have received a rough-cut of R. J. McHatton's documentary of "Ship
of Miracles" on the Meredith Victory. It is still being
December 1949 Mooremack Articles are now up for viewing.
Captain Sadler's niece has found the site (see her
message on the Guest Book). Elizabeth inherited all of the Captain's
memorabilia and files and has kindly offered to assist us by gathering
information for the site. We plan to add the information as it comes
Additional items have been added to
Timelines for The Company, Cargo Liners,
and the S.S. Brazil. Also, more Mooremack
News articles have been uploaded. We just added articles from the
October 1948 and July 1949 issues.
Also added is
an Agenda regarding the Saudades 2006 reunion for Escola Americana do Rio de
Janeiro on EA's page under Ocean Liners.
Even though this page hasn't been added to in a couple of
months we have been busy. For the last three weeks we have been adding
articles from "The Mooremack News" in various places. These are issues
that haven't made it to the site yet. We're going in order by date.
We just finished the April 1949 issue. Each of the menus have noted
sections where we are placing the new articles. Also, if an article
pertains to a cargo ship, we are placing it on that ship's page.
We are also moving the issues that are already on the
site from the menu on The Company to their
appropriate places. You will see those disappear one by one.
They are the ones that are listed in the upper right-hand side of the menu.
Bill is continuing to add photos of artifacts here and
Received what may be the final photos of the
Mormacargo. Marc McAllister, a
Marine Surveyor, followed the ship from Beaumont to Brownsville, Texas.
To see the photos, please check out Page 3 of the Mormacargo under
the Cargo Liner section.
New information has been added to all the Timelines.
12/10/2005: We made the photos easier to see for those who care to view the Enchanted Isle / S.S. Argentina
and the Universe Explorer / S.S. Brasil taking their last breaths. You can find the photos under the Ocean Liners Menu by looking at the bottom of the right-hand column under
Alang, The Killing Field. WARNING: Not for the squeamish!!!!
Marc McAllister is a surveyor for the purchaser of the Magallanes (f/k/a Mormacargo) and has taken photos for our site before she is towed to Brownsville, Texas, to be scrapped. Check out
the pages of the Mormacargo under the Cargo Liner section.
A page in memory of Albert V. Moore has been added
entitled "In Memory of Albert V. Moore" and can
be found in The Company section.
New information has been added to the
Timelines for The Company
and Cargo Liners.
Still scanning and researching "The Mooremack News" which we recently received. At this time we added a
new page in Cargo Liners entitled, "Mooremack Assists in a Joint Effort in Neighborliness." The
articles on the page pertain to a statue of Josť Gervasio Artigas which was a gift from
the City of Montevideo, Uruguay, to the small town of Montevideo, Minnesota.
Mormacmar carried this particular statue in 1949 and a duplicate statue which now stands in Washington, D.C., was
carried a year before via Mormacland.
A page has been added in the Ocean Liners section for Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro's students to add their memories of
We recently received a large number of "The Mooremack News" starting with the year 1947 from Vincent Fiorenza who was in the
Financial Department at
Mooremack's headquarters in New York City. It will take time to scan these in and sort them out for interesting stories to upload. These magazines yield great information for us to help with your questions.
Thank goodness to those who preserve the history.
Bill has been busy working on the Cargo Liner section.
He's separating the photos so each ship will have its own section. So
that section will be a little confusing for a while. While we're still
working on Captains Newman's and Vanderploeg's packages.
No, we haven't been on vacation. Thanx to Captain
Vanderploeg's six pound package chock full of information, Bill has been
busily scanning to his heart's content. But in the middle of scanning
all that information, his scanner bit the dust. He didn't hesitate and
went right out and purchased a new one. (Personally, I think he used
that as a good excuse.)
Some of you
may have noticed the Guest Book receiving
numerous spam messages wherein we delete them ASAP. The software
for the Guest Book just came out with an update which lets us "approve" the
message before it goes online. We get informed by e-mail that we
have a message to approve, so we're always on top of it.
Just like the
Meredith Victory is now, Bill is making separate pages for each cargo
liner. This will be so much nicer and easier to visit. Now
when we receive information about a certain ship, it can be placed in its
own page. But we must remember there are several Mooremack ships that
had the same name.
We added a new page on Mooremack's 1997 Reunion on the Enchanted Isle. Check it out under Ocean Liners > Enchanted Isle (S.S. Argentina). This is just
the beginning of the documentation sent to us by Captain Harold Vanderploeg.
Added some new information into the
Cargo Liner and Company Timelines.
07/05/2005: In the very near future we
plan to get more information up, including something new we're going to try.
We met with Captain Ed Newman and his wife, Virginia, over the Fourth of
July weekend. What a nice time we all had. Captain Newman was
with Mooremack from 1947 until the end and then with U.S. Lines. We
don't know who enjoyed the visit more, Captain Newman talking about his
Mooremack Days or us listening to his many ship stories.
(Captain George McCarthy's daughter) and her husband met the four of us for
lunch on the same day. A nice visit for all of us.
The Company and Cargo
Liner Timelines have new information in them, along with the original
"Good Neighbor Fleet" Timelines.
Shortly we will visit Captain Edward Newman to meet
with him and obtain more information materials for the site.
06/04/2005: Captain Harold Vanderploeg
has found our site and is helping us with some names and history. We
are grateful to the Captain for any information he gives to us. To
find out about Capt. Vanderploeg's experience with Mooremack, check him out
on the Alumni page.
ALSO, Bill and
I are both set up on our individual computers to talk to, or IM, anyone who wants to
reach us thru Skype
(free internet telephony all over the world). We'll wait
to hear from you!! You can reach us by using the name
Mooremack via Skype. But please let us know when you contact us that you found us on the Mooremack web site.
Extensive updates were added today to The Company, Cargo Liner, and the five
Timelines including another paragraph for
Moore-McCormack Leads the Way. Also check
out an article written about traveling on a cargo troopship under
Cargo Liners. Still much,
04/23/2005: Today we drove to Ocala to
see Bill Campbell's son, Bill Campbell, Jr., and daughter, Sherry. The
family was packing up their father's belongings and shipping them out to
California where Bill Sr. is now living. (Bill Sr. misses Florida, but
is doing fine and now lives with Sherry.) The Campbell family has
loaned us Bill Sr.'s Revell model of the S.S. Argentina which he and
his son built together. We are keeping it safe until they feel the
Argentina can be transported safely to their home. We will upload
a photo of it shortly.
information has been added to several dates on the
Cargo Liners Timeline regarding the modern Rio Hudson class
passenger/cargo liners, "combiliners." It was quite sad to learn that
four beautiful combiliners which were to sail under the Moore-McCormack flag
and to complement the three luxury ocean liners (one Rio Hudson class ship
to leave New York every week for South America) were turned over to the
British on the "Lend-Lease" program in order to help the British fight the
German Nazis. There are also photos of some of these ships under
the Cargo Liner Artifacts.
We're sorry we haven't been adding too much information to this page, but
we've been busy responding to the many e-mails that come our way. We
have added a few things here and there on the site, but haven't mentioned
them. Bill has also scanned a lot of documentation for the cargo
liners section from Charles Ecker and Joe Stone. It is so nice of them
to send us that information and we give them both a great big Mooremack
Thank You because they help so much with the site. Bill is still
adding their info to the site.
Now for a
couple of new items which we want to share with you:
The first one
we want to share with you is about the "HOUSE
FLAG." It all started with Robert Tucker writing to us in late January
2005 about his grandfather being a Chief Engineer for MML, and as an aside,
he mentioned he had a "company flag." We just flipped when we read his
e-mail. Remember when we were on the look-out for a House Flag?
We wanted one so badly for the cruise we were supposed to take on the
Universe Explorer (before she went to her grave), but no one had a flag.
Robert was so nice to send the flag to us in the mail so we could have an
exact replica made of it. He also sent us some photos of other items which we have already added to the site. So after two and a half months, and after the
flag company here in Orlando finally getting it right, we now have an exact
replica of the MML House Flag. We are returning the actual flag to
Robert, packing it with loving care. We cannot thank Robert
enough. The flag was his grandfathers, Charles Tucker, and was given to him by his aunt. You will see that the flag is in great
condition. You can view the House Flag thru the The Company > House Colors. And we would like to add more photos of House Flags, so if you have a photo of an MM flag on any of the
ships, please send us the photo so we may add it to the page.
OK, now for
the second item -- the killing in Alang of the last American-built ocean
luxury liner, the S.S. Argentina. She died as the New
Orleans as she was renamed for her voyage to Alang. You may not
want to visit that page. But if you think you are able to, you can
view the photos taken in 2004 by going to the menu Ocean Liners
and choosing Alang, The Killing Field. Bret Bowen brought our attention to the photos and Peter Knego gave us permission to upload them. It's a sad sight
indeed, but I don't think it'll come to any surprise to those who know how
the ships are killed.
Some of you may not have noticed this, but we would like to bring to your attention the "Search" button on the site.
You will see it at the bottom of each menu. To see if the site contains anything you are looking for regarding a person, a ship, etc., just type it in and a list will pop up as to where it can be found on the site.
02/13/2005: A new page has been started
in The Company section regarding
Books, Magazines, and Movies in which
Moore-McCormack makes an appearance or is the featured star. We know
there are many other books and movies that depict Moore-McCormack, so if you
know of any, please contact us.
continue to add to the Timelines for some time
There is a hill of articles on our desk that gets tackled when we have
time to add information to the respective Timelines.
01/27/2005: Just for your Info -
MV Explorer, the ship that replaced the Universe Explorer last
summer, was hit by a 50 foot wave during gale force winds and high seas on
January 26, 2005. A few crewmen were hurt when the wave hit
the bridge and broke some windows. The ship is on its way to Honolulu
and it is estimated to reach the Hawaiian city by Tuesday, February 1.
The news finally hit the airwaves on The Today Show on Saturday, January 29. If you want to read more, you can
keep up to date with the location and the status of the ship on the
Spring 2005 Voyage Update on the Semester at Sea web site.
revised the menus to make navigation easier and pages to load quicker.
We are showing on the menus the buttons, "New" or "Updated," when a page has
been added or revised. These buttons will only stay on for
approximately one month giving everyone time to visit the site and see
what's been changed.
Roberto Trisciuzzi has "strolled" around New York once again to take more
photos. Check out page 2 of Mooremack's Haunting
Hoppe wrote a short article about his relationship with the S.S.
Argentina and the S.S. Brasil. He was part of the crew who
sailed the Volendam (S.S. Brasil) over to Holland after
Holland-America purchased the ships in the early 70s. Bob was the only
one of the crew who knew the ships as Moore-McCormack Lines. It must
have been very hard for him to say goodbye to her when he had to return to
New York from the trip over.
Hans de Haan sent us more photos of the Veendam.
See page 1 of A Ship by any other Name.
New brochures offering voyages have been added.
Articles regarding the Moore-McCormack ships that were adopted by students in the U.S. have been added under The Company > Adopt-a-Ship Program.
Timeline for Cargo Liners has begun. As with everything else on the site, additional items will be added.
With courtesy of the Institute for Shipboard Education, we have inserted the actual horns of the Universe
Explorer (S.S. Brasil) to the Home page. We do not know if these are the original horns, but they did belong to the ship.
War Records of the S.S. Argentina, S.S. Brazil, and S.S. Uruguay have been added along with new information for all the
Timelines. Bios have also been added for Commodore Thomas N. Simmons and Captain Harry N. Sadler. They can be found under their respective ship's Memories & Photos. And a few
stories have been added to the S.S. Argentina (1958).
DeRosa is doing a lot of research because he plans to write a book about his great-aunt, Eleanor Britton. During his research he plans to write a weekly column for the site.
photos from Robert Trisciuzzi's family have been added to Memories & Photos for the S.S. Brasil and a couple of artifacts have been added for the S.S. Argentina. Robert is still collecting photos for
Mooremack's Haunting Grounds.
Many great photos of MM ships have been added in several places to Cargo Liners and the Ocean Liners. The photos were sent to us by Captain Tom Ellsworth. We
are still in the process of uploading some of them. Tom wants everyone to know that if you want a copy of one of the photos, to please just send him an e-mail. His address is noted next to the photos.
"Ingalls News" is currently being uploaded. We called Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and they kindly granted us permission to upload the articles pertaining to the launching of
the Modern Fleet. See Ocean Liners > The Modern Fleet > "Ingalls News."
We are currently removing the numbered pages under The Company > "The Mooremack News" and changing them to dates of the issues. This should help as they will be in chronological order. The
articles will take time to place on the site.
We are also scanning in all documentation so we may be able to assist anyone who would like us to search for any information that they would like to have for whatever
just received several "The Mooremack News" and "Ingalls News" magazines from Bob Bradsell and will have plenty of interesting reading for you soon. There is also an article that appeared in Tow Line in
1959 about Captain Robert Bradsell which can be seen at Ocean Liners > The Modern Fleet > Artifacts.
Bill and I
also have several issues of "The Mooremack News" which will be uploaded up in November 2004.
08/30/2004: (1) We acquired five additional "Mooremack News" magazines and are very busy adding stories and photos from
them. Some articles will be spread out over the site (i.e., the retirement of Captain Spaulding, Master of the S.S. Uruguay, has been added to the Artifacts section of the S.S. Uruguay), and others will
be uploaded beginning on page 5 of The Company > The Mooremack News. There's a cute story up there now regarding Albert V. Moore saving some pigeons.
(2) Inserted in the
Cargo Liners > Book Excerpts > Log of Albert V. Moore are excerpts taken from the "Personal Log of Mr. and Mrs. Albert V. Moore" aboard the SS Mormacrey. Read about the Moore's adventures from Buenos Aires
to Los Angeles in November 1951.
1948 a "Mooremack News" article was written regarding a photographer by the name of Ruth Orkin having sailed on the S.S. Argentina in order to take photos of the passengers. Ms. Orkin's photographs were to
appear in the spring 1949 issue of "Coronet" magazine. We purchased a whole year's worth of "Coronet" magazines to find the article. Apparently the article was printed late; we found it in the October issue.
With many thanks to Ms. Orkin's daughter, Mary Engel, we were granted permission to upload some of the photos from the magazine. Check out the Artifacts section for the original S.S. Argentina (built in 1928) to see
Ruth Orkin's "Picture Story."
Bellusci has contributed a photo of a One Dollar Silver Certificate signed by some of the crew of the Mormacsea on March 30, 1943, on the occasion of their crossing the Equator. This has been added to the
Artifacts section. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Captain Ralph F. Tracy?
08/25/2004: Eight menu covers have
been added (Serial Nos. 9 thru 16).
08/07/2004: Kenneth and
Robert Bradsell's collection of fabulous photos from their father, Staff Captain Robert H. Bradsell, have been added to several pages regarding the S.S. Brazil, S.S. Brasil, and both S.S. Argentinas. Check out
the pages for Memories & Photos and Artifacts for those four ships.
Thanksgiving Souvenir Edition of "Mormacwave Tidings," 1945, has been added to the Cargo Liners section. Read a couple of articles regarding the history of the ship and a very interesting log that will make you turn green.
08/03/2004: Robert Trisciuzzi traveled on the
S.S. Argentina many times with his family while his father was a Brasilian UN official. Robert recently went on a "mission for Mooremack" and dodged New York traffic to take photos of office buildings and port
terminals, and with the help of his son, took photos of exit signs from a busy expressway. At night he took a stroll to Montero's Bar & Grill, a holdover from another age, had a couple of Heineken's and spoke to Renee
Montero who let him take photos of prints of Moore-McCormack ships that are hanging on their walls. See The Company > Mooremack's Haunting Grounds. Robert is continuing to take photos.
And check out the haunting grounds of Port Everglades (p. 2) that were also added.
07/27/2004: Captain Joe Stone has generously provided
a list of vessel manning for freighters, circa 1930s through the 1970s.
New photos have been added from both Sue Shreve (niece by marriage to Nikki Biggs, Cruise Directress), and Danny Leone, Cruise Director. If you see anyone you know whose name is missing, please inform us so we can add their
07/11/2004: Danny Leone, the well-loved Cruise
Director on Moore-McCormack Lines from 1957 through 1969, is still performing. Today, we asked him if he will perform for us on the Universe Explorer next year and he said, "Of course I will. I love to perform.
I perform every chance I get." (09/2004 Note: Universe Explorer is now on her way to be scrapped.)
Danny would love to hear from you. His e-mail address is: DLeoneme@aol.com.