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My parents, brother & I boarded the 'Brasil' in NYC in the fall of 1956. My father was posted as the new West German ambassador to Brazil. Coincidentally, the new American ambassador to Brazil, Ellis O. Briggs, was on the same voyage and for the same purpose. The two diplomats held the two available suites and their countries' flags flew atop the main mast.

I too attended E.A., graduated in 1958.

I can still hear Xavier Cugat's "Brazil", the ship's theme song, endlessly replayed by the fine orchestra. An Arthur Murray dance team on board! And the squeals attendant to the rite of equatorial crossing! (Do I still have my certificate? You bet I do!).

Modern air travel has obsoleted ship travel, alas, and nowadays it's anything but a pleasure. So we have but our memories - but what memories! The friends we made aboard & all the rest. Thanks again for this wonderful idea of a site celebrating the bygone days of those two fabulous ships.


Added: March 9, 2014
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I worked in Moore McCormack Co. in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1966 to 1969 and I have the best memories of this Company and their people. I loved go to the ships when arrived to Bue. I loved visit the SS BRASIL and SS ARGENTINA!! I think it was the best shipping company in the world.I was the happiest man when I delivered the shipping manifest to the purser before the vessel depature. I feel so bad and well at the same time when I see the vessel photograph and the only I want say is THANKS MooreMc bcs I learned to work there!!!!!!

Added: February 20, 2014
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My uncle Albert Fischer was an Electrician for MML in the 50s - 60s. I am trying to identify his ship(s) and maybe find some photos.

Added: February 7, 2014
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New York to Bahia Dec-Jan 1961 on Mooremac Dove. Came back to Philadelphia in July 1961 mooremac Lake on her maiden voyage. The captains and crew were so good to us. Sitting next to the captain on the Dove drinking cokesand looking at flying fish.

Added: January 11, 2014
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My Dad was in the 38th division of the US Army in WWII. He was aboard the SS Uruguay in October 1945 when it transported troops home from the war. I have the original transport newspaper called "The Hourglass" and the original "Sixth Army News Pictorial". Very interesting reading! It saddens me that Dad has passed and someday soon there will be no more living WWII veterans.

Added: January 2, 2014
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I grew up in Montana, raised by my grandparents. In 1961 I joined my parents who were with USAID in Bahia. I flew in to Rio and my step-father told me that we were going to go to Bahia by boat, and we did. There were a bunch of kids my age on the boat and we had a great time. Every 15 year old should move from the mid-west to Brazil, though it's probably much different now.

For years, whenever you went into someone's home in Rio or Bahia you would see the framed menus from the USS Brazil and the USS Argentina on the walls. They were like a symbol of a certain time and place; I don't know what happened to ours.


Added: October 21, 2013
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My Father Was Walter Donahue

Added: September 16, 2013
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My father shipped out on the SS Brazil on December 7, 1941 on his way to sign up with the Royal Canadian Air Force with every intention of flying in support of the United Kingdom. He was very relieved to find out on the day of his departure that the United States would be joining the fight!

Added: September 1, 2013
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My dad was master of several freighters during WWII and I have his log book. He shipped out of both east and west coast ports. I am now trying to find information on the voyages themselves. I know the dates, the ships and the ports from which he departed but I do not have information on the destinations (other than "foreign";). Are the ships logs available somewhere?

Added: August 30, 2013
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My uncle Paul Grepp worked on this ship. I have a ceramic plate that is a photo of the S.S. Argentina maiden voyage. I don't know what it's called, however it's hand painted and in the original box, with gold trim on the edges of the "plate" . 1958

Added: August 29, 2013
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