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Name:
Lenny Labrousse and Jim York
Email:
lennyl@cox.net
Date:
Wednesday December 31, 2003 19:19:17 GMT
Comments:
From 1985 to 2001, we sailed on the Bermuda Star/Enchanted Isle out of New Orleans. We did our last voyage only one week before the Enchanted Isle was put out of commission and docked in Voilet. Had we known that it would have been our last, we certainly would have done everything we could to have helped the crew members who would be stranded for weeks/months after that as many of them had become like family to us. We sailed on her at least three sometimes four times a year in the last five years that she was in service out of New Orleans. We miss her greatly and often think of our family and what they are doing now and how they and their families are doing.

Name:
Matt and Kris/ Art Auction 1997 to 2000
Email:
mrkmf@yahoo.com
Date:
Tuesday December 30, 2003 22:04:17 GMT
Comments:
Best ship we ever worked on.

Name:
Linda F. Quering
Email:
desertratq@mindspring.com
Date:
Tuesday December 30, 2003 18:25:53 GMT
Comments:
....and the tears flowed. It is a wise person not to mourn the physical lost but mourn the memories that will never again be made. Thanks Ginger and Bill!

Name:
Steve Simao
Email:
SSimao@aol.com
Date:
Friday December 26, 2003 17:25:35 GMT
Comments:
My first cruise was onboard the ss Volendam in 1983 (Brazil). We went from New York to Bermuda and met the Veendam (Argentina) in port and went over and had lunch onboard. I've always had a fondness for these two sisters. They say you always love your 'first.'

Name:
Sean Donnelly
Email:
spd69@blueyonder.co.uk
Date:
Tuesday December 23, 2003 05:00:37 GMT
Comments:
Absoloutely heartbroken that our dear ship is now being broken up into pieces in india i have visited some horrific websites about this awful place and read memoirs of captain's who call it "the place where captains weep" 45 year's old when she died but she will live forever in all our heart's.I had the happiest week of my life on my honeymoon aboard this ship in august 2000 and no ship breaker can ever rob me of these memories, but its still a heart breaker.

Name:
Michael Bennett
Email:
mibenco@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday December 23, 2003 01:56:04 GMT
Comments:
Thank you for a wonderful website, which I stumbled upon courtesy of the link at cabinclass.com. As a parade of older (and better, in my opinion) ships go to the breakers at Alang, I'm glad you have commemorated one. Classic liners are my great love! Thanks again for a great site which I will continue to visit.

Name:
Dan Lepadatu
Email:
almitar@optonline.net
Date:
Friday December 19, 2003 04:12:11 GMT
Comments:
Although I never sailed on SS Argentina, I have sailed as a third mate,on a passenger ship called "Transilvania". She was built in 1939 in Germany and she was still a Grand Dame in 1969 when I have made two trips in the Mediterranean Sea.
I remember her sister ship, the "Basarabia", was taken by the Soviet Union Goverment after the WWII, as a war debt. Well, the rusians took more then a ship, they took our freedom, but this story is for another time. I have visited this site and I think you did a wonderful job. Reading the article in "Cotidianul" I could not belive the irony of this situation: a Romanian Captain taking an American ship on her last trip. United States used to have hundreds of merchant vessels and so did Romania. Now, the merchant fleet in both countries are nonexistent. Fate? Perhaps.

Name:
Joseph Sturges IV
Email:
Joseph.Sturges@dcma.mil
Date:
Tuesday December 16, 2003 20:42:43 GMT
Comments:
I watched her depart New York as a young boy. Standing by
the shore of the Narrows, I watched her elegantly simple lines pass by and take lucky people to exotic destinations
in a style all too forgotten on board today's modern cruise
ships. She was a lady...a lady with a long past of catering
to her clientele in a very classy and individualized way.
Soon she will be but a memory...Long Live her memory!!!

Name:
Bill and Betty Benton
Email:
wlbenton@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday December 16, 2003 03:06:29 GMT
Comments:
We saided the Enchanted Isle two times from New Orleans and were booked on a 10-day Panama Canal cruise when Commodore went "belly-up." We met many wonderful people - both passengers and crew..she was a wonderful ship, easy to fall in love with. Still our favorite cruises!

Name:
Tim Tarnowski
Email:
tski@skypoint.com
Date:
Sunday November 30, 2003 04:16:12 GMT
Comments:
I was on a cruise on then Enchanted Isle in early November of 2000. I've been trying to find information about the ship off and on for over a year now. Thanks for the information about what's happened to her since our cruise. I hadn't been able to find any current information about the ship or cruise line. That cruise in 2000 was my first, and so far, only cruise. I loved the old ship, and it's classic lines. I've got many nice shots of the ship when it was still in good condition. If you were interested, I could forward them to you. If you are interested, contact me at tski@skypoint.com .

Name:
Terry Halmshaw
Email:
jeepmjw@bigpond.com
Date:
Sunday November 23, 2003 12:28:52 GMT
Comments:
Great site,glad to see people trying to save the ships of old,where the romance of true ships is striving to survive.

Name:
HENRY F. MOHAN
Email:
h.mohan@worldnet.att.net
Date:
Friday November 21, 2003 02:22:40 GMT
Comments:
Love to hear from the old "mersa".My Viejo William was the regional manager of MooreMc in Montevideo from 1942-1949 and in BsAs from 1950-1969.My brother Bill lives in Rockville MD and my sister Ann lives in Zapallar Chile. I live in the DC ara and work in Bethesda,Md for Long and Foster Raltors. Love to hear form old travelers. My cell# (301)785-1800, stop by for dulce de leche and empanadas.

Name:
Bob Sarl
Email:
rhsearl2@mchsi.com
Date:
Wednesday November 19, 2003 19:10:19 GMT
Comments:
I enjoyed reading the history and accunts of YOUR SS Argentina and the pleasant memories spent aboard. The 2 North Atlantic ocean crossing that I made on the previous SS Argentina [1942-1945] unfortunately were for a different intent and purpose. However, the recollection of those journeys is transfixed in my memory and a special respect and admiration for My SS Argentina remains. Our WWII unit was the 56th Signal Battalion, V Corps of the First United States Army. and our participation in the 1944 Assault on the continent of Europe is part of recorded history.

Name:
James Ducker
Email:
james1016a@harbornet.com
Date:
Wednesday November 12, 2003 04:06:34 GMT
Comments:
Great site. I never sailed on this ship but get to visit her when she was with Monarch Cruises and Holand America.
You have some great memories.

James

Name:
Judy Granoff Covo
Email:
judycovo@arnet.com.ar
Date:
Tuesday November 11, 2003 16:43:13 GMT
Comments:
We travelled from Buenos Aires after graduation in 1952 on the ss "Uruguay Star" with 5 friends who graduated together. Is there a chance to have any information, pictures, etc. of that unforgetable trip. It was the month of August and I remember it was when Eva Perón died and all the ship had to be silent for 1 minute. Thank you. Judy.

Name:
Linda (Johnson) Bruan
Email:
pocha@easystreet.com
Date:
Friday November 07, 2003 22:48:54 GMT
Comments:
What a wonderful day this has been ....to see my beloved S.S. Argentina again. My brother and I were students at the American Community School in Buenos Aires. We first traveled to BA on the old SS Argentina in 1948 when my parents first went to BA. We made many trips on the Moore McCormack ships! But, the SS Argentina was our favorite. Our last trip on her was in Oct. 1962 when we traveled from BA to Puerto Rico. Thank you for all your efforts. Linda Bryan

Name:
Chris Howard
Email:
chrishoward@cox.net
Date:
Thursday November 06, 2003 05:57:44 GMT
Comments:
Ginger and Bill-
I only wish I would have found you site 2 weeks ago. I live in Chalmette, which is about 5 miles from her dock in Violet. If I had known that she was leaving for good I would have been there to say goodbye. I have had the privilege to cruise her 3 times from New Orleans as the Enchanted Isle. The larger ships are much more glamorous, but none of them have the class and personal touch that she had. I remember last year, my entire family met on the deck of the Carnival Inspiration as we were going down river to get a good look at her docked in Violet. My mother, grandmother, grandfather, sister, and myself actually had tears in our eyes as we passed seeing her in that condition. There were about 9 of us there and not a word was said as we passed her. She will definitely be missed by all who had the chance to experience her charm.

Name:
Chuck Halcomb
Email:
Lodichuck@aol.com
Date:
Wednesday November 05, 2003 02:40:36 GMT
Comments:
My first cruise was on the Enchanted Seas in November 1991 on its first sailing under Commodore. Over the years I sailed many times on both the Seas, the Isle and the Caribe. Met a wonderful person Karen Wilson, who was a hostess and Asst Cruise director on the Isle in the Mid 80's, great memories, great ships..GREAT web site!!!

Name:
Bruce & JoDee Miller
Email:
corkpopr@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday November 04, 2003 02:54:59 GMT
Comments:
Our first seven day cruise (3rd overall) was out of San Diego on her. Met the hotel manager for the 3 ship line that week. Also met bar manager Ron Delorusso that week and would rate that the best cruise ever. We sailed same itinery 14 mos later in 1992 with two daughters. Sailed her one more time in May 1998 out of New Orleans. What a great ship, she will be missed.

Name:
David N. Conner
Email:
davec9101@aol.com
Date:
Sunday November 02, 2003 13:42:36 GMT
Comments:
I had the pleasure if 2 very enjoyable trips about this ship out of New Orleans. These were my first cruises and they hooked me. I think of this ship often. She should not be scrapped.

Name:
Bruce McPherson
Email:
bruce.mcpherson@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Thursday October 30, 2003 05:12:25 GMT
Comments:
After seeing this great tribute to the Argentina, I had to find a model of her I built almost 30 years ago. My Grandmother purchased it for me to show me the ship she traveled to South America on in the early 1960's. I finally found it on Ebay-an original 1958 issue. It is sad to see yet another sleek old liner being sent to India for scrapping.

Name:
todelekat
Email:
todelekat@#hotmail.com
Date:
Sunday October 26, 2003 22:10:31 GMT
Comments:
I am sickend to hear that the ship has left her relative safe harbor in the Mississippi - I have been checking the site daily for word of a last minute reprieve. I look forward to hearing from Bill and Ginger when they return, and any last minute news that might have developed which could possibly divert the Argentina away from the Breakers.

Name:
Bret and Sherrie Bowen
Email:
Sgtbjb603@aol.com
Date:
Saturday October 25, 2003 23:54:32 GMT
Comments:
Today October 25, 2003 The S.S. Argentina, Enchanted Isle left the Violet port dock at 12:20 pm CST.
We got to watch her leave with Ginger and Bill as this great lady left port for her final time. She had her name painted over and was stenciled ( New Orleans ). She is on her way to India to meet the breakers. The ship had a crew of 28 on board. We got some great pictures and video of her leaving. We then raced down river and got to see her as she passed Caernarvon on the Mississippi River. It was great to meet Ginger and Bill. Too bad it was as the ship left to go to the scrap yard. Ginger and Bill got to board her one last time before she left. Ginger and Bill will be posting more as soon as they return home from their trip to New Orleans.

Name:
Muriel and Jim McAlister
Email:
the mcalisters@sympatico.ca
Date:
Saturday October 25, 2003 18:31:10 GMT
Comments:
We have fond memories of sailing on the"Bermuda Star" from New York to Montreal and later from New Orleans on the "Enchanted Isle" on another cruise. We were part of a Canadian Naval Veterans group that had taken the original trip and the chap that had organized the original cruise had come up with the idea of a 10 year anniversary cruise and had located the "Enchanted Isle". On both trips we had some memoraable moments - on the Bermuda Star our luggage was misdirected to Newark Airport from Toronto and it was two days before it caught up with us - on the Enchanted Isle we had cabins on the upper deck and when we rounded the tip of Cuba, ran into rough weather and my wife was deathly sick.

Name:
Star Morris (Smith) EA Class of 1963
Email:
stareone2003@yahoo.com
Date:
Saturday October 18, 2003 22:16:47 GMT
Comments:
I met Ginger & her family in 1959 on the airplane going down to our new home in Rio de Janeiro. Ginger & Bill have created one of the most fascinating & interesting webb sites I have ever seen. Congratulations for all your hard work & worthy cause!!!

Name:
Jack Hinshaw
Email:
jackhinshaw@nwdir.com
Date:
Saturday October 18, 2003 19:56:09 GMT
Comments:
Ginger and Bill - You did a capital job on this web site. I'm confident that you can add "Memories 2004."

Name:
Bob & Rita
Email:
rod291@juno.com
Date:
Sunday October 12, 2003 01:13:23 GMT
Comments:
We only sailed on her once, in 1985, as the SS Bermuda Star. What a great experience on a great ship. Thank you, Ginger and Bill, for creating this site and allowing us to remember a part of our history, and to reflect on her probable unceremonious ending

Name:
Catherine Lee
Email:
Carsaig@shaw.ca
Date:
Saturday October 11, 2003 11:31:38 GMT
Comments:
She was a great ship. I sailed on her twice from New York.

Name:
Bill
Email:
bbill1325@yahoo.com
Date:
Monday October 06, 2003 23:34:20 GMT
Comments:
Sailed on this ship in 1998 out of New Orleans I believe..What a beauty....

Name:
Cathy Wall
Email:
Seawall438@yahoo.com
Date:
Monday October 06, 2003 20:36:10 GMT
Comments:
So horribly sad to see this ship destined to be scrapped. We sailed on her as the Enchanted Isle in 2000, and fell in love with her. Cruising has never been the same.

Name:
Colin Stewart. England
Email:
col4@whsmithnet.co.uk
Date:
Thursday October 02, 2003 22:32:38 GMT
Comments:
Yet another classic ship destined for Indian Breakers. Such a shame as the new ships have no character and are just floating hotels with a bow and stern!

Name:
ROSS MITCHELL
Email:
rmitchell@blessey.com
Date:
Thursday September 25, 2003 20:09:31 GMT
Comments:
i have been to see on the argentina and my father, bill mitchell was regional director of moor mack in norfolk

Name:
Joe Sturges
Email:
Joseph.Sturges@dcma.mil
Date:
Thursday September 25, 2003 17:27:34 GMT
Comments:
Love your site. I remember as a kid in high school in Brooklyn, NY, I had a contact with Moore-McCormack in the
city and they loaned us a set of actual signal flags for
decoration at one of our theme dances. They also gave us
posters, napkins, stirrers,etc. Argentina/Enchanted Isle
was always a handsome ship - still is!!!! Too bad Norwegian
Cruise Line couldn't be talked into buying her for their
Project America cruise plans...they've bought the United
States and the Independence, why not Argentina???
My favorite ship SS America, or what is left of her, is on the beach in the Canaries on Fuertaventura Island. I am sorry to hear that Argentina may be going to Alalang.
Hopefully the sea may take her on the way over rather than
her having to suffer the breakers torch!!! Nice Job. Good Luck.

Name:
Linda F. Quering
Email:
desertratq@mindspring.com
Date:
Wednesday September 24, 2003 15:18:01 GMT
Comments:
It wasn't until Murphy submitted his memories that I remembered it was he about whom I wrote in my earlier message. It is amazing how our memories get jumbled as we get older. I wish I could win the Megabucks and save the old girl. I guess the Argentina is why I don't go on cruises today. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can compare to the wonderful closeness the passengers had with the crew of the Argentina. The liners today are too big and too impersonal. Please someone save our fair lady from the breakers!

Name:
Bruce McPherson
Email:
Bruce.McPherson@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Wednesday September 24, 2003 05:45:00 GMT
Comments:
What a great site. It seems that 2003-2004 will see the end to many great true ocean liners. One by one they are departing to the breakers and now it seems to be the S/S Argentina's time. I guess it is the natural cycle of shipping and the Argentina is after all 45 years old, but the new mega cruise ships are just so boxy and ugly. If there were beautiful ships to replace the likes of Argentina, it would'nt be so sad to see her go.

Name:
Barbara Weatherford
Email:
barbelaine@charter.net
Date:
Wednesday September 24, 2003 01:44:55 GMT
Comments:
What a lovely old ship. My memories are of my love and I taking 10 cruises on her including the last cruise of 21 days in Dec of 2000.

Name:
Dave ©¿©¬
Email:
x@y.com
Date:
Saturday September 20, 2003 14:11:35 GMT
Comments:
Howdy!

I've added a link to the SS Argentina site on the Museums Page of:

HowdyDave - Maritime
http://www.howdydave.com/maritime/

Name:
Cheryl (Fairweather) Studds
Email:
Sillady@aol.com
Date:
Wednesday September 17, 2003 13:38:21 GMT
Comments:
My family left New York on the S.S. Argentina on March 13, 1964 for dad's tour of duty in Rio de Janeiro. Mom, dad, Pat, Kim and I boarded her and were immediately overwhelmed by her size and grandeur. It's funny how she looks so much smaller than I remembered her. I remembered her being so huge and awesome. We had so many fond memories from that cruise and it was so very special. At the age of 16 that was a big event in my life.

Name:
Bobby & Sandra Churchwell
Email:
bscwell@charter.com
Date:
Wednesday September 17, 2003 02:32:14 GMT
Comments:
We sailed the Enchanted Seas/Enchanted Isle over the past 11 years to celebrate, 1st our honeymoon and then every anniversary thereafter. Cruising has not been the same without the wonderful Commodore ships! Our 1st cruise experiences are our BEST memories--thank you Enchanted! Bobby & Sandra

Name:
Ered Matthew
Email:
ematt@msn.com
Date:
Monday September 15, 2003 19:35:06 GMT
Comments:
I had the pleasure of working as an entertainer on board S/S Argentina (s/s Bermuda Star) while she sailed under the flag of the Bermuda Star Line, in 1989. Cabin Class Collectibles came into being as a result of a model of the ship, which I built following my final voyage in her, so I indeed owe a great deal to her. I remember fondly her old woodwork and brass fittings, and conversations with her captain while sitting in the small bar at the base of her starboard uptake. I will always remember discussing the Titanic disaster with Helen Reddy, and watching Jennifer Holiday (who missed our San Diego departure) being hauled up the ship's side in a harness (while we were under way!) off Cabo San Lucas. My most memorable performance was a special concert we gave for the ship’s crew. I know that S/S Argentina will live on in the memories of all those who sailed in her.

Name:
Tracy Cross
Email:
marz@flash.net
Date:
Monday September 15, 2003 15:51:32 GMT
Comments:
Ginger & Casey,
Though I've only sailed on her once as the Enchanted Isle in 1999, I really fell in love with this ship. You could feel the history surround you.

I should tell you that the Enchanted Isle played a major role in my decision to change careers from the graphic arts industry to a travel agent.

Seeing the Enchanted Isle go the breakers is very sad. Maybe someone out there will make a last minute decision to save her from a fate worse than scuttling.

Your tribute to the ship is very touching. I can't recall seeing any web site quite like yours. Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your life with us.
Tracy

Name:
Greg Slaton
Email:
Gregslaton@cs.com
Date:
Sunday September 14, 2003 18:57:52 GMT
Comments:
I live in Metairie, which is on the west side of New Orleans. We haven't been down to Violet to see the ship since last year(Just drove by it).Wish there was something that could be done, but there are just too many cruise ships and budget cruise lines using old ships just don't fit in any more. Your site is great. Thanks!

Name:
Andrew Del Valle
Email:
adv1701@hotmail.com
Date:
Saturday September 13, 2003 19:30:04 GMT
Comments:
My dad Julio Del Valle was president of Bahama and Bermuda Star Cruielines,I grew up on that ship and her sister for my teenage years.It's very sad to think that her fate lies at the breakers.I hope she sinks on the way.

Name:
Ken Murayama
Email:
isle@venture.co.jp
Date:
Saturday September 13, 2003 08:37:49 GMT
Comments:
I had taken a cruise on Enchanted Isle in 1999.
I am glad to see the present of her.I enjoy unknown her memories and materials.
I can't meet Enchanted Isle now,but Universe Explorer visits Japan every year.I go to see her as possible as.

Name:
Tod
Email:
todelekat@hotmail.com
Date:
Friday September 12, 2003 20:36:34 GMT
Comments:
What an incredible site!! I have been following the news on the Enchanted Isle and the Enchanted Seas since the demise of Commodore, and just found your site today (reading 'Maritime Matters'). I sailed on the Enchanted Seas in 1993, and fell immediately in love with the ships. Nothing at all like the Mega Ships we now see - the Brasil was just a relaxing, comfortable ship that served her purpose very, very well (and long). Thanks to the wonderful staff and crew from Commodore (Methe, Kim, Stewart and the Captain 'Singing Swede') and all of the wonderful people on the cruise. I will visit often - in the hopes of hearing of a reprieve for the old girls.

Name:
Capt. Robert Moore
Email:
captmoore@earthlink.net
Date:
Friday September 12, 2003 14:53:40 GMT
Comments:
A Great little Ship and I'll will miss her

Name:
Ian Fitch
Email:
ian.fitch@qbemm.com.au
Date:
Friday September 12, 2003 05:19:51 GMT
Comments:
A great website on a handsome old lady of the sea. Very sad to hear her days are numbered. If she has to go, let's hope she decides to end it all before she gets to the breakers, and goes down with dignity whilst at sea...

Name:
Jack A. Eckert
Email:
jeckert@wi.rr.com
Date:
Friday September 12, 2003 03:26:22 GMT
Comments:
Bob Gaut's poem, "Salty Jack" which is found at http://www.jacksjoint.com/saltyjack.htm, best describes my experience on a January cruise out of New Orleans on the Enchanted Isle.

I am pleased Bill Vinson has devoted a website to this great old girl.

My best regards,

Jack A. Eckert
LCDR, USCG(retired)

Name:
Eric
Email:
erottier@mm-c.us
Date:
Friday September 12, 2003 01:31:37 GMT
Comments:
Great website.
I worked on the Veendam in 1982.
Eric

Name:
Andrew Murray
Email:
ABMurrayNW@aol.com
Date:
Thursday September 11, 2003 17:58:50 GMT
Comments:
I served as an officer aboard the Enchanted Isle and her sister the Enchanted Seas/Universe Explorer, from 1994-1998. They are both lovely, graceful vessels and represented the highest standards in shipbuilding of their day. The Enchanted Isle, in particular, remains my favorite of the many ships I have worked aboard. I appreciate your website. It will be sad to see her go.

Name:
Tom Kepler
Email:
tomkepler@hotmail.com
Date:
Thursday September 11, 2003 17:16:02 GMT
Comments:
A terrific website. Thanks very much. My father was a chief officer with Moore McCormack for many years, so I am real glad to find a good website for this company.

Name:
Pete Hodges
Email:
pinehodges@hotmail.com
Date:
Thursday September 11, 2003 16:11:18 GMT
Comments:
The first liner I ever saw in my life was the BRAZIL in July, 1969 on a trip to NYC as a ten-year-old.She had her full Moore-Mc Cormack Line colors. I have the Revell model of this liner. Pete

Name:
Jose Brito
Email:
jsenabrito@hotmail.com
Date:
Thursday September 11, 2003 12:34:18 GMT
Comments:
Sad to see her going.

Name:
Harold Pearce
Email:
jobon@myexcel.com
Date:
Thursday September 11, 2003 02:10:07 GMT
Comments:
I am so glad I found this site. My wife sailed on her 5 times. Our first to our fifth cruise. I had always hoped that maybe someone would buy her and sail her again. It was a shame what the mgt. on Commodore did to bankrupt the line the ship and the crew deserved better.

Name:
MR AND MRS WILLIAM L PARKS JR AND SONS
Email:
BPARKS@MAGNOLIA-COMPANIES.COM
Date:
Wednesday September 10, 2003 19:55:37 GMT
Comments:
A TRIP HOME WEEK OF 7-26-67

Name:
Valerie Jean Halliwell Smith
Email:
serenityval@comcast.net
Date:
Sunday September 07, 2003 04:16:44 GMT
Comments:
I first flew to Brazil at the age of 11 in 1957 with my family,but then I made at least two trips on either one of these boats (not sure which) from New York to Rio in approximately 1959 and l961. My dad was stationed in Rio as the Political Attache at the American Embassy, unti it moved to Brasilia. I attended EA for the last month of 5th grade (Sue Byrnes was my best friend.) through the end of 9th grade. Kenny Mertz was my classmate. I loved my memories of crusing on this ship too, even though I was very young. I remember the little hangout for teenagers, where you could get sodas, ice cream, burgers,and listen to the current "rock" music. I also had made a trip on the Delta Line out of Galveston, TX, to Rio (17 days!), but the USS Argentina and Brazil were much fancier. Thanks for the wonderful memories!

Name:
W.J. Macaw
Email:
Parrothead@DeSoto.Net
Date:
Saturday September 06, 2003 13:04:20 GMT
Comments:
Very impressive Web Site. Enjoyed the Voyage

Name:
Karin Cleary
Email:
karincleary@aol.com
Date:
Friday September 05, 2003 18:28:33 GMT
Comments:
Hi Ginger and Bill - I was just taking a look at your website (again)!!! You two have done a tremendous job. I can't tell you how excited I was to stumble upon it and to see everything you have posted!! It truly does justice to the SS Argentina. Thanks for all of your continuous hard work! The site is a gem...I love it!

Name:
Dan Matlock
Email:
matlock@seattleu.edu
Date:
Wednesday August 27, 2003 16:24:05 GMT
Comments:
Hi,
I was at EA for the 4th & 5th grades, '56-58, and knew Kenny Mertz, Cito Bramen, Fritz Lash and a bunch of the other old timers. We travelled to and from Rio on the orginal SS Argentina, which had a black hull, and had served as a troop carrier during WWII. The two things I remember most about the voyages on the old Argentina were winnng the costome contest because my mother dressed me in drag with a sign that said "I dreamed I sailed on the SS Argentina in my Maidenform bra" from the 50's magazine adds. That was my first and last experience with cross-dressing. The other thing that stands out is the crush I developed on a 17 year old girl who took care of us (I was 9). I didn't know it at the time, but it seems I was getting a fairly broad introduction to one of the dominant themes in life.
Cheers, Dan

Name:
Sebastian P. Lopez
Email:
sebastian@interwords.co.uk
Date:
Monday August 25, 2003 11:40:15 GMT
Comments:
I traveled on the SS Brazil from Rio to Trinidad in 1952 or 1953, with my parents and my grandmother. This was my first contact with the USA (and I must have enjoyed it, because many years later on I went to college in NYC - New York University - and became a lifelong US fan). I remember the ship as extremely comfortable and that trip remains one of the high spots of my childhood. For some reason I remember very clearlt a movie I saw on the SS Brazil, about John Philip Sousa. Perhaps it was the fact that my English was non-existent at the time and this was a movie that, being mostly about music, didn't require any great effort on my part...

Sebastian

Name:
Herb Hammond
Email:
KD4EZC@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday August 19, 2003 12:21:05 GMT
Comments:
Ginger, What a great trip. After all these years I still learning about your past. Never KNEW that real people traveled like this. It's also a hoot to see you, Linda, and Walt as Little ones. I'll visit the site often and see what you've added. You should be very proud of your efforts. I know Walt & Ginny are.

Name:
Linda F. Quering
Email:
desertratq@mindspring.com
Date:
Monday August 18, 2003 15:36:38 GMT
Comments:
Thanks so much Ginger for creating this wonderful website. We truly did have fun didn't we! Those memories will always be with me. Am so proud of Mom and Dad for taking the risk and exposing us children to a life that many American children will never have the opportunity to have.

Name:
Bruce Stirling
Email:
bruce@stirlinglaw.com
Date:
Sunday August 17, 2003 04:13:54 GMT
Comments:
Ginger and Bill, you've done the S.S. Argentina a great service. I am sure all who sailed her thank you for your dedication to keeping her alive on the Internet! Let's all hope she'll get a reprieve and a refit! Great materials. I plan to visit often. Your mother's letters are true gems.

 

 

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