AUTUMN 1962

Stories contained herein were published by and for Mooremack Employees Ashore and Afloat.

(Courtesy of Karin Cleary)

 

 

A Colorful Veteran

A colorful veteran of over sixty years on the sea sailed August 31st on his last voyage. Captain Timothy Harrington of the S.S. Mormacteal was off to South America for — he estimates — his 75th visit there, capping a long career which started when he was a mere lad.

Mere lad, indeed, meant five years of age on Bere (pronounced bare) Island, a mile off the County Cork coast in Ireland. Whole families followed the sea for fish from that tiny isle and the Harringtons were no exception. Nor was young Tim. For he, himself, emulated his father and his grandfather and his great-grandfather until his wanderlust took him away to England.

There he shipped out, in his 20’s, and, in the midst of one onerous voyage, wound up in America. Here the young Harrington switched to U. S. ships and sailed as an able bodied seaman (an A.B.), differing from his brother who had come to the new world with him. His brother signed on as a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey — but none of that for Tim. He went to sea for the Tracy Steamship Company in 1923 and for Moore-McCormack on the S.S. Commercial Spirit and the S.S Kerhonksen in 1924. While he worked his way up he found himself with other lines and on other ships — the Tulsa, Wildwood, Challenger, City of Hamburg and the West Selene. At least until 1938 when he rejoined Mooremack as 2nd Mate on the old S.S. Mormacrio which eventually became his first command in 1942.

From that date through the war years, on to today, Captain Harrington has been master of eleven different Moore-McCormack ships, including his present cargoliner Mormacteal.

Tim Harrington is a bachelor whose hobby is raising champion poodles — and making friends. At the former he was an expert whose dogs were sought by lovers of that breed. And at the latter he was adept: his friends are strung half-way around the world, particularly on the South American East Coast. It was certainly fitting that the first shipment to Brazil in the Food for Peace program on March 20th of this year left on the Mormacteal and Captain Harrington expedited delivery.

     

 

ELEANOR BRITTON, Mooremack’s Chief of Entertainment and Cruise Staffs, guested on "To Tell the Truth" TV show and stumped the experts.

Here are host Bud Collyer and "pseudo-Eleanor" Irme Rosen (left) with the real Miss B.

 

     

SS Argentina

SS Brasil

Cruises

Cruises to 4 continents are scheduled for the new luxury liners Brasil and Argentina during 1963.

Responding to popular demand for cruises of varied lengths to divers places, the Argentina and Brasil will make, in 1963, 31-day "Gaucho" cruises to Caribbean ports and the East Coast of South America. Plus the famous "Carnaval" cruise, originated by Moore-McCormack — 38 days of sun and fun through the West Indies down the South American East Coast featuring the fabulous pre-Lenten festivities in Rio de Janeiro.

The twin liners will also take cruisegoers to Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the USSR on 3 Northlands cruises of 35 days each in the summer of 1963. These have been sell-out trips in the past and requests are already coming in for the next year.

The short cruises to the fascinating islands of the Caribbean will have their place in the schedule. Especially constructed for cruising through tropical waters, the Argentina and Brasil offer particular advantage to Caribbean cruise passengers. Two outdoor swimming pools, the great expanse of sun deck and the special facilities for outdoor living, combined with draft-free air-conditioning throughout the ships — these and other tropic comforts designed into the Mooremack luxury queens assure passengers the happiest and most comfortable travel experience in the Caribbean.

What many knowledgeable travelers call "most exciting of all" — the "Sea-Safari Cruise" — is slated for February 13th on the S.S. Argentina. This 63-day hegira starts in New York and proceeds via Florida to the Caribee, South America, South and East Africa and the Indian Ocean; through the Suez, through the Mediterranean: returning homeward from Lisbon.

The 22,770-ton liners Argentina and Brasil boast of every conceivable pleasure comfort. Sailing is smoothed by stabilizers. Food is impeccably served to the gourmet’s taste. Professional entertainment spices the nights and experienced cruise staffs ensure the days are quiet or active as the passenger requires. Individually controlled air-conditioning makes the all-outside-staterooms personally comfortable. Bedside phones bring voices from home as near as the earpiece. A well-stocked library, pre-run films on wide screens, Cinemaraces, dancing and a Good Neighbor Shop with all the necessities (if you forget) and many luxuries at below-duty-free prices forgotten experience.

Both of these ships are one class — first class only. And, on all the cruises in 1963, the Brasil and Argentina are "hotels" for their passengers in all their ports of call. Minimum rates start at $30.00 per day on most of the trips.

     

 

 

GOOD LUCK is attached to "Name Rock" in Geirangerfjord, Norway — so Harry Lindquist (with some difficulty) ensured we were mentioned, according to tradition.

     

   
   
   

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