Mayor Wagner Welcomes Argentina
New Argentina was officially welcomed to the Port of New York by Mayor Robert F. Wagner December 9. Commodore Thomas
received the welcome as E. J. McCormack, board chairman, and V. A. G. O’Connor, New York
City's Commissioner, Dept. of Marine and Aviation, looked on. Also present were Adm. R. C. Lee, vice chairman; W. T. Moore, president; and G. L. Holt, executive V.P.
Argentina was delivered to her owners, Moore-McCormack Lines, at 10 a.m. December 9th
by her builder, Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
In his welcoming message the Mayor said he was happy to be present at the ceremony because the new ship represented a significant
addition to the transportation facilities out of New York, serving to promote good relations between the United States "and our neighbors to the South" — Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay.
Fred Heess: New Construction
Completion of Argentina necessitated closing down New Construction Office in Pascagoula. Work on the freighters, however,
continues at a steady pace with approximately 40% of the plan work completed. Two freighters of the 1624 design are being constructed at the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company and two at the Todd Shipyards (Los Angeles
Division) yards. On the three additional freighters recently put out to bid, Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company was low bidder. In that the plan work is all being done at Sun, the central office of the New Construction
Department is located in Chester, and a San Pedro office will open for the start of construction early in February at Todd.
The freighter design classified by the Maritime Administration as C3-S-33a Design is slightly smaller than the present C3 vessels
but has almost the same cubic plus additional speed. Innovations such as power topping winches, pushbutton hydraulically operated hatch covers for the cargo holds and deep tanks, smooth surfaced coated deep tanks, high pressure
air conditioning, elimination of cargo hold stanchions, hydraulic winches, and alternating current generating plants should greatly increase the efficiency of these vessels. The exterior appearance is modern with a sloping house
front and dummy stack similar to the new Passenger Vessels. The uptakes are integral with the king-posts at the forward end of Number 4 Hatch. Delivery of the first vessel is contemplated by March of 1960, with additional units
to be completed at three- month intervals thereafter.
Pierce Takes Command of Brasil
Capt. Arthur W. Pierce has assumed command of the Brasil.
Captain Pierce joined the company in 1938 when it took over the three Panama Pacific Line vessels that soon after became the Good
Neighbor liners, the Argentina, the Brazil and the Uruguay. His first Moore-McCormack assignment was as second officer of the Uruguay. A year later he became chief officer. Captain Pierce received
his first command early in 1942, when he took over the bridge of a Government-owned freighter. The ship was part of the armada of such vessels that was operated in World War II by Moore-McCormack. In all, Captain Pierce has
commanded twenty company vessels in the last twenty years. He has just finished a familiarization run to Buenos Aires and back on the Brasil.
His former post as staff captain will be assumed by Capt. Cosmo G. O’Neil.
New York Hails S.S. Argentina
The City of New York hailed a new sea queen, the $26,000,000 S.S. Argentina, as she sailed for South America, Friday,
The Argentina, coming up from Pascagoula, Miss., where she was built, arrived off the Statue of Liberty at 12:30 p.m.,
December 8. She steamed slowly up the harbor with the traditional escort of fire and tugboats, while airplanes saluted her. She was temporarily berthed at Todd Shipyards on the New Jersey side of the river for an overnight
The following morning (Dec. 9) she was officially turned over to Moore-McCormack Lines by her builders, Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.,
and her master, Commodore Thomas Simmons, shifted her to Pier 32.
First to come aboard was Mayor Wagner and other officials of the City of New York, who in a traditional ceremony in the master’s quarters, extended a
"Welcome to New York" in the name of the city.
President Moore also announced that Commodore Simmons would be master of Argentina on her maiden voyage to South America, December
12. He also commanded the new Brasil, Argentina’s identical twin, on her maiden voyage to South America, September 12.
New Brasil and Argentina replace older ships which had the same names and have been retired. Commodore Simmons,
veteran of 47 years at sea, commanded old Argentina from 1938, when she began making cruises to South America, until her retirement.
With the entry into service of Argentina, Mooremack will operate cruise service between New York and East Coast South
American ports on a fortnightly schedule. Itinerary for the cruises provides southbound stops for tourists at Barbados in the Caribbean, Rio de Janeiro, Santos (São Paulo), Montevideo and Buenos Aires; and northbound at Santos
again, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador (Bahia) and Port of Spain (Trinidad).
Argentina and Brasil cruise at 23 knots and make the round trip between New
York and Buenos Aires in 31 days.
The only difference between the new liners is in decorative treatment. Interiors of both ships were designed by Raymond Loewy
Associates. Decor of Argentina is on the "striking" side, according to Loewy, featuring bright and "exciting colors," while Brasil’s decor features shades of subdued blues. Both ships are done in modern style and
provide a sumptuous background flattering to discriminating passengers.
Argentina, 617 feet long and 22,770 tons, accommodates 553 passengers, all first
class. Built for tropical cruising, she has draft-free air conditioning throughout, including the crew’s quarters. She is also equipped with Denny-Brown stabilizers to reduce ship’s roll and prevent seasickness.
She and Brasil were built as "seagoing resorts" with all the facilities for pleasure and relaxation to be found ashore in
fashionable vacation resorts. She has two large outdoor swimming pools, one for adults and the other for juniors, each
with adjoining sports areas. Near the juniors' pool is a snack bar where the younger set can get refreshments, dance to juke box tunes or just relax, junior size.
Aboard ship are shops where gifts, souvenirs and wearing apparel can be purchased; beauty parlors with the most modern equipment
for beauty culture; massage parlors, a gymnasium and photo laboratory; a library and reading room; a theater, salon for dance instruction; and a language instruction room.