Tuesday, June 04, 2013

S.S. ARGENTINA of 1929

Bill Miller recalls The Good Neighbor Fleet: "In the early ‘50s, Moore McCormack Lines ran three liners to the East Coast of South America. There was a sailing every other week, usually at 12 Noon on Fridays, on 38-day itineraries. Here we see the Argentina, dating from 1929, but making a late afternoon arrival in the Hudson River. She was bound for Pier 32, Canal Street. Her sisters were the Brazil & Uruguay."

The original trio of liners gave way to a pair of brand new white sisters with turbine engines aftt. According to Bill, "to increase their profitability, the 1958-built sisters Argentina and Brasil of the New York-based Moore-McCormack Lines were rebuilt in 1963 with extended upper decks. Even their funnels were reshaped somewhat. Some thought the twin, 553-passenger sisterships lost their original good looks. Here's the 617-ft long Argentina in Norway in the summer of 1969. She was on a 35-night Northlands Cruise at the time.
A noon sailing of Moore McCormack's Brasil, departing from Pier 97 and bound for romantic places: Barbados, Rio, Santos, Montevideo & Buenos Aires. This photo dates from September 1967.
Favorite Cruise: A friend once told me that his favorite voyage (out of 100 or so) was in the 1960s: a 35-night Northlands cruise from New York onboard the Argentina. Carrying only 550 or so passengers, she had a clubby feel onboard he said."

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