Adopt-a-Ship Program


In 1936, the Women's Organization for the American Merchant Marine, Inc., began an Adopt-A-Ship program.  The program was to teach young children the importance of the American Merchant Marine so they could learn and appreciate the character and dignity of the American Merchant Marine.

The children exchange correspondence with the master and crew of their "adopted" ship.  Correspondence from the master and crew is sent to the children in care of their teacher who is responsible for the project.

In 1961 the Women's Organization for the American Merchant Marine changed its name to Women's Propeller Club of the United States.

Below are articles from "The Mooremack News" of the Moore-McCormack ships that were adopted by children.  As we obtain copies of "The Mooremack News," more articles will be added. 


The Scouts Adopt

(December 1949 Issue)


Captain Sadler of the S.S. Brazil poses aboard his ship with a delegation of enthusiastic Girl Scouts who have just committed to his care a letter of greeting to the Girl Scout leader of Brasil. The square parcels in the girls' hands now grace many a dresser in Long Island's Floral Park; they are photographs of the captain which he autographed to the accompaniment of appreciative gasps.  The Scouts adopted the ship, then stood by to wave her goodbye as she pulled away for her trip to South America.


In the spirit of the season and as a gesture of international good will, a group of Long Island girl scouts sent greetings to their sister scouts of Brasil (Bandeirantes do Brasil, to give them their formal designation) in a message dispatched in the care of the master of the Moore-McCormack liner Brazil when she sailed Dec. 3.

In a letter to Senhorita Rosita Bahiana, of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, chairman of the international committee of the Girl Scouts, Troop 150 of the Girl Scouts of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Floral Park, Long Island, announced their intention to study Brasil as a troop project and also their plan to “adopt” the liner Brazil as a means of linking them with their sister scouts below the border. The ship’s adoption is also to be the troop’s project in transportation, one of the several activities of Scoutdom.

"All of us hope that someday we may visit Brasil and become even better acquainted.

"In the spirit of the good neighbor, and with our best wishes for the future, we are, Sincerely."


The Mormacsun Is Adopted

(March 1951 Issue)

 The adoption of American merchant ships by student groups has helped greatly in spreading an understanding and appreciation of our merchant marine among the young people who will one day be the voters, travelers, shippers, housewives, artisans, professional men, government officials, of this country.  Recently, the pupils of Grades 5 and 6 of the Grove School, at Ontario, California, adopted the S.S. Mormacsun, of the Pacific Republics Line service, and undertook their work seriously.

The Daily Report, published in Ontario, tells of the class bulletin board with pictures of the ship and her master, Captain W. R. Whilden, and a large map of South America with route flag which daily indicates the movement of the adopted ship to and from the Pacific Coast of the U. S. and South America's east coast.

Says the Daily Report, "Through the project, the youngsters are not only learning geography in a functional manner, but are also studying the customs of the people as 'their' ship makes its ports of call, these to include on the present voyage Balboa, Canal Zone; Cartagena, Colombia; Curação, N.W.I.; La Guaira, Venézuela; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"Incidentally, Captain Whilden, in appreciation of the 'bon voyage' letters sent him by the class, has promised a weekly news letter from each port of call, adding that these will include enclosures of postage stamps, coins, newspapers and other items of interest.  And what is more, the ship's commander has given assurance that he will pay a personal visit to the class when he returns to Los Angeles in the Spring and a class visit to the Mormacsun is also in prospect."

Captain Whilden wrote his young fans when he heard of the adoption, thanking them for the bon voyage letters which they had written him as his ship prepared to sail.  He said, "I do want to meet each one of you and thank you individually for your fine 'bon voyage' letters.  I am really proud of those letters.  They were interesting, nicely written and will have a permanent place in the files of this great ship.

We may even dream of a possible visit to your ship some day.  You are not too far away.  In the meantime, keep happy and try to make me proud of your school work."

Many of the students in these two grades are of Spanish descent, which increases their interest in matters pertaining to the Latin American continent.  Mrs. Betty Christian is the teacher.


Adoption List At Ten

(Winter 1954-1955 Issue)

The list of Mooremack ships offered for adoption by American school children, which stood at three in the Summer and rose to five in the Fall has now risen to ten, and word has gone out from Captain H. S. Mayo, marine superintendent, to the entire fleet, asking for a 100 per cent record. Of these ten ships, five have already been formally adopted and the machinery by which the ship's staff will write to the youngsters about life at sea and in foreign ports is turning.

The newest additions to the Mooremack list are the Mormacowl and the Mormacisle, commanded by Captains H. E. Wollaston and A. W. Pierce respectively, and the Mormacrey, the Mormacwren. and the Mormacoak, commanded by Capt. B. J. Fennick, Capt. H. F. Lane, and Capt. J. G. Holland, respectively.  They are waiting for the Women’s Organization for the American Merchant Marine, sponsor of the project, to arrange their adoptions.  Meanwhile, the list as it now stands is as follows:

S.S. Brazil, Capt. Harry N. Sadler, master, adopted by 6th grade of the Glencoe Central School, Glencoe, Ill, with Mrs. LaVene Montgomery, teacher.  There are 30 students, interested in social studies.

S.S. Mormaclark, Captain R. H. Day, master, adopted by the McKinley School, Coraopolis, Pa., with Miss H E. Zimmerman, teacher.  There are 24 students, interested in geography.

S.S. Mormacspruce, Captain R. H. Bradsell, master, adopted by the Smally School, of Bound Brook, N. J., with Miss Matilda F. Oram, teacher.  There are 19 students of the sixth grade, interested in social studies.

S.S. Mormacsea, Captain J. Ottesen, master, adopted by the Miles Consolidated School of Miles, Iowa, with Miss June Hayes teacher.  The sixth grade, which has adopted, is interested in social studies.

S.S. Mormachawk, Captain E. G. Innes, master, adopted by seventh grade of Dunellen High School, at Dunellen, N. J., with Mr. George J. Berger teacher.  Thirty-one students, interested in social science.

The enthusiasm of our men for the program is interesting to see and very encouraging.  Captain Day of the Mormaclark, for example, visited by the NEWS recently as his ship prepared to sail, said he had told his crew that he wanted at least one letter per man to the youngsters at McKinley School, in Coraopolis, Pa.  One crewman said he wrote a letter in Spanish rather than in English.

"Fine," said the master.  "Write a letter in Spanish.  The kids'll get a kick out of it."

The program is designed to spread an interest in the merchant marine among the youth of the country, especially those living away from the seacoast.


Ship Adopters At 15

(Spring 1955 Issue)

Shipmasters of the Mooremack fleet are setting the pace in offering ships for adoption by school groups under the auspices of The Women’s Organization for the American Merchant Marine. Seventeen Mooremack ships have been offered, fifteen adopted, to date.

In this campaign to acquaint youth with shipping through letters from masters to sponsoring groups, our skippers are taking their duties seriously, as indicated by the letter of Capt. H. E. Wollaston of the Mormacowl, on the opposite page (below), a recent fine letter by Capt. W. A. Griffen of the Mormacdale to students at Edgemont School at Montclair, N. J., and others.

Capt. Griffen's letter includes the following:

"Macapa is a relatively new port and the ship drops her anchor and lays off the clearing in the jungle.  We brought a cargo of steel, to be used for railroad bridges; machinery, cement and construction equipment which will be used by the Bethlehem Steel Co., who are developing this area.

"To get to Macapa you go to Belém first, then up and down a labyrinth of rivers before arriving at the port.  Leaving Macapa we went to Belém, where we discharged auto and tractor parts as well as motor oil and lube oil and proceeded on to the port of Fortaleza.  The cargoes for Fortaleza as well as for the next few ports were mixed general, lube and motor oil and replacement parts for all kinds of machinery and farming equipment.

"The Mormacdale arrived in Recife Jan. 9th, in Bahia the 11th, Paranagua the 15th, then entered Dos Patos (Duck Lake) at Rio Grande, and made the trip up the lake, arriving Porto Alegre on Jan. 11th.  Here we loaded our first cargo for the U. S., lumber for Philadelphia, then leaving there went back down the lake and arrived at Rio Grande Jan. 13th.  Here we discharged the last of our cargo and prepared for the northbound loading schedule."

The ships adopted since the last listing in the NEWS were the Mormacdale by the Edgemont School; Mormacfuel and Mormacland by two units of San Jacinto Junior High School, Midland, Texas; Mormacpenn by P. S. 11, Staten Island, N. Y.; Mormacteal, Clarke School, Alexandria, Indiana. Mormacisle by St. John’s Lutheran School, Mayville, Wisconsin; Mormacoak, 7th grade Manchester (Md.) High School; Mormacrey, Rolando Elementary, La Mesa, Calif.; Mormacwren, Emerson Elementary School, Dayton, Ohio.  The Mormacsurf and the Mormacwave have been offered but not yet adopted.


The Master Reports:

Capt. H. E. Wollaston of the Mormacowl, reporting to the students of the Metropolitan Vocational High School, New York City, under the Adopt-A-Ship program, recently wrote as follows:

Make yourselves comfortable as "Your Adopted Old Man" has a few words to say to you.  I am happy to have My Ship adopted by a nautical minded school and I know that we will get along famously; but take it easy on me for talking to a young group like you fellows; these are uncharted seas for me and I do not want to get on the rocks and shoals.  I hope not to bore you; so if you fall asleep ok; but no snoring allowed.  The Boatswain will conkCaptain Wollaston welcomes adoptors aboard the Mormacowl the heads that emit any sounds with a marlin spike or if that don't help, I will order him to lower the boom.  I suppose you know my name by now—but anyway for the Log Book let’s make it official: Capt. Howard E. Wollaston: and as every Captain aboard every vessel he is known as "The Skipper," "The Master," "The Old Man," and sometimes by his initials.  So; I am having a gab fest with you and definitely not trying to write a letter; as I am a poor letter writer and furthermore; a seldom letter writer; except of course to the wife, and that is a must—but from now on; I have put you n my must list.

"This ship was built at Oakland, California, in the Year 1944—and the original name was The White Swallow.  It came to the Moore-McCormack Lines after the war and was renamed the Mormacowl, after a bird; as all the C-1 and C-2 Freighters of the Moore-McCormack Lines are, such as the Mormaclark, Mormactern, Mormachawk, Mormacwren, Mormacswan and others; this is a C-2 vessel.  Official No. 245338: Port of Registry — New York.  Our call letters (radio) are KWRR.  Gross tonnage: 6396 Tons; Net tonnage:  3527 Tons.  The length O.A. (overall) is 460 feet and the breadth:  63 feet; the depth is:  40 feet.  The draft is approximately 27½ feet — but this varies with Winter, Summer and Tropical waters.  The mast height at this draft is approximately 86 feet.  The deadweight is 10,370 Tons.

There are five hatches for cargo; two aft of the midship house and three fore of the midship house.  These five hatches have a capacity of 624,407 cubic feet space for cargo.  There are also eight deep tanks for the carriage of liquid cargo with total capacity of 112,638 cubic feet.  The entire ship is steel.  For the discharging of the dry cargo there are sixteen booms:  10 five-ton booms and six ten-ton booms.  The type of engines are:  General Electric Turbines; with a H.P. (horsepower) of 6000.  Speed loaded:  16½ knots.  Fuel capacity 12,534 bbls.

So you see we can travel quite a bit without stopping for a drink of fuel oil, and I mean, fuel oil.  Fuel oil used while in port—loading or discharging—is about 45 bbls. a day; while steaming about 276 bbls. are used.  The ship has a fresh water capacity of 410 tons and the evaporators can put out eight tons a day if needed, but usually water is obtained at the ports of call. There are two lifeboats; each with a capacity of 71 people.  These boats are also made of steel and are in readiness and in perfect working order at all times.  Provisions, water, gasoline, medical supplies, rockets, flares, emergency radio transmitter, etc.  They are motor boats, but carry also sails and oars.  Boat drills are held every five days, along with the fire drills; the boats are lowered, to see if they are free, and the motors tested by running them ahead and astern for five minutes.  Every man is assigned a special duty; he is instructed in these duties when he comes aboard and the Mate in Charge of the boat that he is assigned to sees to it that he is proficient.  There are usually 46 men aboard this ship besides myself — 19 in the deck dept.; 17 in the engine dept.; and 10 in the stewards dept., sometimes two extra men are carried in the steward’s dept., when we have a full quota of passengers, which is twelve.  Six staterooms—each with two bunks—make up our passenger quota.  Only twelve are allowed by law on these freighters; after twelve there has to be a Medical Officer aboard.  As a rule we carry about six or seven passengers from the States to South American ports; but there are many passengers carried between the South American ports; but never more than twelve total.  This trip we have seven from the States and we embarked five more in Belém—so we are now full capacity.  Each cabin has a toilet and shower—tiled.  We have brought many missionaries of all denominations to the different ports of Brazil and Argentina.  A free and family spirit prevails and the Officers welcome the opportunity to make the ship travelers happy and content.  Now, Scrabble is the rage after dinner.  A Scott short wave radio is situated in the Dining Salon, so the passengers and the Officers can get the news and entertainment; another speaker is situated in the Crew Mess.

I just want to convey to you that the food aboard this vessel is TOPS.  I do admit it is not served like the Waldorf Astoria — but what goes on the plate is Blue Ribbon; and then again we are one better than the Waldorf — they are not a sea-going hotel — and we are.  I am enclosing a few of our menus — this is served to the crew and officers and passengers alike — absolutely the same food — out of the same pots.  Look them over; pretty good — Huh!, and besides there is always a plate of night lunch if and when you may be hungry — even after these meals.  The last Xmas & New Years we were at sea — well; we had a Xmas tree and all the trimmings and a Xmas Dinner and a New Year Dinner that I will stack up against any high class restaurant in New York.

I am enclosing a crew list of the men on the present voyage and you can see that the age range is from about twenty on along up; all are American Citizens, although they have come from different parts of the world.  Almost half of the crew have served in the last World War and many in the First World War — Well, Men — as yet we are undecided who won the last war — The Navy; The Army; The Marines or the Merchant Marine; I believe that is a question that will always be argued as long as men who served to win the last conflict meet.

During the war this vessel saw service in the Atlantic and the Pacific Theatres; but since the war the lines of this vessel have tied up to:

West Coast:  San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tacoma, Seattle, Port Townsend, Vancouver and the small lumber ports on the Columbia River. Through the Panama Canal and to the ports of Galveston, Houston, New Orleans; and then on the — East Coast:  Jacksonville, Port Everglades, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, Baltimore, Wilmington, Chester, Philadelphia, Paulsboro, Camden, Jersey City, New York, Yonkers, Newark, Boston, Halifax, Portland, St. Johns, New Brunswick, Argentia, Newfoundland and down the St. Lawrence to Quebec, Montreal, Three Rivers, Port Alfred and other smaller ports on the St. Lawrence.

Central and South America:  Tampico, Vera Cruz, Aruba, Curação, Trinidad, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Macapa.  Up the Amazon to: Parintnis, Itacoatiara, Manaus; Belém, Fortaleza, Natal, Cabedello, Recife, Salvador, Ilheus, Vitoria, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis, Santos, Paranagua, San Francisco do Sul, Itajai, Florianapolis, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Montevideo, Rosario, Buenos Aires, Eva Peron, Mar del Plata.

Also: European: The Azores, Gibraltar, Naples, Reggio, Castelmara, Catania, Reykjavik, Iceland, Copenhagen, Oslo.


Of Ships and Carnauba Wax

(Summer 1955 Issue)

From a letter of Captain Walter A. Griffen of the Mormacdale to the students of Edgemont School at Montclair, N. J., who have "adopted" him and his ship, we quote:

"We were in and out of Rio Grande on the same day and then went to ltajai, arriving on the 24th of January where we loaded lumber and then to São Francisco do Sul where more lumber was taken on board.  Leaving the south of Brasil we proceeded to the port of Natal, arriving on Feb. 7th, and there loaded carnauba wax, which is used for floor and automobile polishes.  Our next call was Tutoya where more carnauba wax was loaded and then on Feb. 10th we arrived in São Luiz.  Here we loaded babasu nuts, that are very rich in oil content, and are used in the soap, oleo margarine, cooking oil and cosmetic industries.  From there we proceeded back to Belém, arriving on Feb. 14th; and there we took on an Amazon River pilot to guide the ship to Manaus."

This paragraph is one of the many dozen that are being read today by students in various parts of the country as a result of the Adopt-A-Ship program sponsored by the Women's Organization for the American Merchant Marine by which it is hoped shipping may help inform our youth of the exciting intricacies of its industry and at the same time make world trade a more immediate thing in their lives during the precious years when their minds are being shaped and their life interests nurtured.

Just consider this one paragraph as matter of educational interest.  If you have, let us say, passed beyond your teens and thus are of the world’s mature, examine your own store of knowledge against the background of the captain’s note.  Do you know Itajai?  Or São Francisco do Sul?  Or Tutoya?  And what do you know about carnauba wax?  Or babasu nuts? Does a fabled Amazon city, once one of Brasil's great cities, come to mind with reference to Manaus?  If so, what of Manaus today?  What of its relation to the rubber industry to which it once meant so much? What do you think of São Luiz?  Where is it?  What are its claims to fame?

We suggest that our readers examine themselves on these subjects, frankly.  It will prove a valuable experience if it does nothing more than impress the importance of the work which this "adopting" group is doing for our children.

It is a work that should be pressed on, because the dividends are rich, to shipping, to our children, to our understanding of the world in which we live.


Ship Adoptions

(Summer 1955 Issue)

Fifty-eight American flag merchant ships, owned by twelve companies, have been "adopted" by school classes throughout the nation under a program supervised by the Women's Organization for the American Merchant Marine, according to Mrs. Fred N. Hansen, chairman of the committee. Of these, 16 are ships of Moore-McCormack Lines.

Mooremack heads all companies participating in the program, which is designed to spread understanding of the need of an adequate merchant fleet as a factor in the nation’s peacetime commercial activity and, using President Eisenhower’s expression, "a fourth arm of national defense" in case of emergency.

James F. Roche, Mooremack's director of public relations, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Women's Organization, in New York.  He described the enthusiasm of the masters for the work, and told of their passing their ships along to successors when commands have changed or taking their assignment along to new ships, the end being the maintenance of the program of education.

In the Spring issue, THE MOOREMACK NEWS published a letter from Captain Howard E. Wollaston of the Mormacowl to students of the Metropolitan Vocational High School, New York City.  This has caused widespread comment as ideal reportage of a shipmaster to his young followers.  In this issue, on the opposite page (see below), the editors continue their policy by publishing another informative letter.


Saga of the Mormacdale:

We present here excerpts from a letter of Capt. Walter A. Griffen to the students of Edgemont School, Montclair, N. J., who "adopted" the Moore-McCormack liner Mormacdale when Capt. Griffen was her master.  Unfortunately, space limitations prevent the use of all of this excellent letter.

"In order to acquaint you a bit with the Mormacdale; she is 412 feet long, a little longer than a city block, and is capable of carrying about 7,000 tons of cargo.  The engines that drive the ship through the water are twin diesels, much the same as you see on the big trucks on the highways, but many times larger than those that the trucks have, as they each stand about twelve feet high, and are capable of developing 2000 horsepower each. There are five hatches on the ship to put cargo in; three forward of the deck house, where the officers and crew live, and three aft, or behind, the deck house.  The aftermost hatch is not used for cargo as this is where the Chief Officer keeps the mooring lines, hatch tarps, separation cloths, awnings, sawdust, and other supplies and equipment that he uses during the course of a voyage.

"The Mormacdale is a C-1 type of vessel and carries twelve officers and thirty three men in the crew and has accommodations for eight passengers; but the other ships of the Mooremack fleet, the C-2's and the C-3's, have rooms for twelve passengers.  This voyage we have a young man, seven years old, who is traveling with his parents to Canada.  His father is the Peruvian Consul General at Montreal, and we all found it interesting to find out that the boy speaks three languages, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.  This will give you a general idea of about how big the ship is and how many Officers and men are aboard, but if there are any questions in your mind regarding her, write and give us an idea of what you would like to know.

"At the present time we are in the East Coast South America service, with ports of call in North and South Brasil.  We left the United States from Paulsboro, New Jersey, on December 17, 1954, after loading tin plate and machinery in Baltimore; motor oil and general cargo in Philadelphia; machinery, auto parts, steel, and cement in New York; and more motor oil in drums and cases in Paulsboro.  The ship was also bunkered (supplied with fuel oil) while we were in Paulsboro.  The next eleven days were spent in the passage from the United States to the entrance of the Para River in northern Brasil.  The ship entered the Para River, and then taking a pilot, proceeded to the port of Macapa, arriving on December 29th.  Incidentally Christmas was spent at sea and the saloon (Officers’ dining room) was decorated and a small tree was erected and trimmed.  The crew also had a tree and decorations in the messroom below.

"Macapa is a relatively new port and the ship drops her anchor and lays off the clearing in the jungle.  We brought a cargo of steel, to be used for railroad bridges; machinery, cement and construction equipment which will be used by the Bethlehem Steel Company who are developing the area.  To get to Macapa you go to Belem first and then up and down a labyrinth of rivers before arriving at the port.

"Leaving Macapa we went to Belém, where we discharged auto and tractor parts as well as motor oil and lube oil and then proceeded on to the port of Fortaleza, arriving on January 5th.  The cargoes for Fortaleza as well as for the next few ports was mixed general, lube and motor oil, and replacement parts of all types of machinery and farming equipment. The Mormacdale arrived in Recife on January 9th, in Bahia on the 11th, Paranagua on the 15th, and then entered Lagos Dos Patos (Duck Lake) at Rio Grande; and made the trip up the lake arriving at Porto Alegre on January 22nd.  Here we loaded our first bit of cargo for the United States; lumber for Philadelphia, and then leaving there went back down the lake again and arrived in Rio Grande on January 23rd.  Here we discharged the last of our cargo and prepared for the northbound loading schedule."

(Here Capt. Griffen tells of the movement which we quote in the editorial, "Of Ships and Carnauba Wax" (above).)

"Manaus is the famous, but now almost dead city, that was once a very important city in the commerce of Brasil.  Rubber was produced in the surrounding countryside; as the Malayan and Sumatran rubber industries were non-existent, Manaus enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the rubber market. However, as the far eastern rubber plantations came into being a competitive price gradually put Manaus out of the market.  Only during the First and Second World Wars was there a revival of the industry; when rubber could not be obtained from the Far East.  Manaus, laying about 880 miles from Belém, which itself is 112 miles from the sea, takes about four days to reach, using a river system that is so great that ocean going ships are able to make this journey at any season of the year.

"As we were going up the river we noticed that the river banks for the first few days were bordered by dense forest and the occasional shacks that we saw were inhabited by people who make their living primarily off the river. We did not see any gardens near these dwelling places and surmised that the people must live solely on the fish that they catch in the river and the few edible vegetables and fruits that grow in the jungle.  They spend most of their time in canoes; there are no roads, nor electricity, hence the river is the only means of transportation and kerosene lanterns are used for light. As the ship passed by they would paddle out and call to us asking for tin cans (to be used for cooking utensils) and bits of wood.  Further on up the river, where the jungle growth seemed to recede slightly, we noticed better built shacks and signs of a few little gardens around them.  There is quite a difference between the advantages we and these people enjoy but while life is very primitive there is a growing trend to more modern ways of living, which, with the amount of schools, highways, and railroads that are going to be built will take quite a little while to attain.

"We made the journey up the river arriving on the evening of the 18th of February at Manaus.  Here we moored the ship to two buoys, one at either end of the vessel, and then proceeded to load a cargo of bulk brazil nuts, sorva gum, rubber, and shelled nuts in cases.  We left there on the 21st and then went back down the river to Belém.  On the way up and down, as well as in some of the other ports we took some color pictures, and as soon as they are developed will send you a set so that you can see a little about how South America actually looks."


Adoptions At Sixteen

(Autumn 1955 Issue)

Sixteen ships of the Moore-McCormack Lines fleet have been adopted by schools throughout the country under the plan of the Women's Organization for the American Merchant Marine.  Among the latest is the Brazil, on which Miss Sneed sailed for her prize-winning trip.  Captain Jesse R. Hodges, who succeeded Harry N. Sadler as master of this ship earlier in the year, has written the students of Central School, Glencoe, Ill., that he will be happy to carry on where his predecessor left off.  To show his interest, Captain Hodges sent along a wonderfully interesting story of his current voyage.

Another recent incident involving this program took the form of an invitation by the students of the Metropolitan Vocational High School of New York City, to Captain Robert H. Bradsell of the S. S. Mormacowl and his staff, to have luncheon aboard the school ship, the John W. Brown, which is moored in the East River as a training ship.  This gesture was in reply to the students’ visit and luncheon aboard the Mormacowl last Spring.  Captain Bradsell is trying to line up his next call at New York to take advantage of the invitation.


Schools Adopt Brazil, Mormacmoon

(Summer 1956 Issue)

Although we are not quite sure who adopts whom, we are pleased to note that Captain A. Horkovich, Master of the Mormacmoon, is corresponding regularly with "his adopted school" in Bound Brook, New Jersey.  He writes fascinating letters to the Sixth Grade of the Smalley School, telling them about his ship, how it is built, the size, where it goes and what it does and in turn, receives letters from the children.

Captain J. R. Hodges on the Brazil is adopted by the St. Clemens Mary School, 409 West 40th St., New York, he and the school children exchange notes for their mutual edification.


Mormacland Adoption by California School

(Winter 1957-1958 Issue)

Mike Donner, Freight Agent, with Joseph FIery, auditor, both of the Los Angeles office visited with the Maple Street Elementary School in Fullerton, California, December 13, where a formal presentation of a scale model of Mormacland was made to Mrs. Johnson, teacher, and her sixth grade class on behalf of Captain Hans Hansen, Master of Mormacland, under the program sponsored by the Propeller Club.

During the presentation proceedings, various pictures were taken by Mr. Fiery and then Mr. Donner made a few remarks about the Pacific Republics Line service.  Following this, a question and answer session was conducted in which some of the pupils asked some very intelligent questions, such aTwo Students view the Models, "How wide is the Panama Canal?"  "How long does it take our vessels to reach various ports of call from Los Angeles harbor?" "How much does an anchor weigh?"  "What are the duties of the officers and radio operator during an emergency?" etc.  An informal discussion was then held, during which time Mrs. Johnson and her class advised that they have adopted Mormacland and carry on regular correspondence with Captain Hansen, who has acknowledged this adoption program and written several letters to the class.

"Most Successful Adoption," Says Principal

Mr. Farmer, school principal, and his staff sat in on the entire proceedings and expressed their appreciation, emphasizing that this was the best ships adoption program ever conducted in their school.  They also stated that they would publicize it in the Fullerton newspapers.  In this connection, Mr. Donner and Mr. Flery also presented the class with a set of flags of the many countries which our Pacific Republics Line steamers visit, together with several pictorial maps of the entire Moore-McCormack operations in South America, along with back issues of the MOOREMACK NEWS which will be used in their school curriculum.

Mr. Flery then ran two movie films.  "Freighter In Port" and "Freighter At Sea," which were released by Academy Films of Hollywood, and photographed on board Mormactide under the command of Captain L. D. Watkins, who assisted greatly in the excellent production with interesting views of various operations of the vessel, including loading operations as well as engine room scenes.  These films were narrated for the interests of elementary school children.


S.S. Mormacsaga's Visitors

(Autumn 1958 Issue)


Captain Evar Innes and pupils of Salem, N.H., Central Elementary School

Pupils of Salem, N. H., Central Elementary School, shared the next-best fun to taking an ocean cruise when they visited their "adopted" ship, S.S. Mormacsaga on a recent Boston stopover.  The children correspond regularly with the skipper (Captain Evar Innes) and send him samples of their work.  He in turn helps their geography by sending home products and handicrafts from the countries the ship visits.


Ship "Owners"

(Summer 1959 Issue)

Ship "Owners" of Mormacmail South Elementary School in Midland, Texas

Jackie Skidmore, left (in photo), exhibits menus of the countries visited by S.S. Mormacmail which was "adopted" by his sixth grade class at South Elementary School in Midland, Texas.  Shirley Whittle, center, holds a letter from the captain while Sherrye Freeman looks on.


S.S. Mormacstar

(Winter 1959-1960 Issue)

The S.S. Mormacstar, under the command of Captain L. W. Hopper, was adopted by the 6th Grade Class of the Round Meadow School of Upper Moreland Township, Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Moore-McCormack Adopt a Ship Program

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