Reprinted with permission of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi

(Copy of publication, courtesy of Bob and Ken Bradsell)


February 7, 1958


SS Argentina Launching Planned Here March 12

On March 12th the SS ARGENTINA will be launched for the Moore-McCormack Lines of New York.

The super luxury liner will be a sister ship to the SS BRASIL which was launched here in ceremonies December 16th.A SECTION - of the dummy stack and the observation lounge on the SS ARGENTINA is being placed aboard the vessel.

Painting operations were started some two weeks ago on the Argentina. Last week installation of superstructure components came nearer to the finish when the observation lounge and dummy smoke stack was lifted into place.

The huge stack had been under construction several weeks in front of the vessel near Shipway Eight.

When launched in March, the Mooremack passenger-cargo ship will be the second luxury liner to leave the ways of a United States The shaft for a Denny Brown Stabilizer is being mounted on the super luxury liner.Shipyard since the SS UNITED STATES in 1952.

The two large, modern, discreetly decorated luxury liners will be put into service by the Moore-McCormack Lines between east coast ports of the United States and South America.

Both the Brasil and the Argentina are 617 feet in length, and are twin-screw vessels.

They can accommodate 553 passengers and a crew of 400.

The Denny Brown Stabilizer shafts have been placed in position in the Argentina.  The stabilizer will be used to minimize the pitch and roll of the ship in heavy seas.

Just before launching March 12th, a painter will cover the hull with coats of Red, White and Green paint.  Bearing the colors of the other Moore-McCormack Ships, the Argentina will slip into the Pascagoula River.  She will be moved to the Wet Basin for her final phase of construction—outfitting. When this is done she will become a member of the United States’ merchant fleet.


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