Er, the CAPTAIN died the night before...
The Caption died the night before after coming down with a stomach ailment. Chief Radio Operator George White Rogers was initially hailed as hero, and then was suspected of starting the fire himself.
Rogers later became a police officer and was suspected of attempting to kill his partner with a bomb. He was ultimately convicted of murdering his neighbors for monetary gain and died in jail.
Hello all- To your knowledge, has anyone ever produced a model kit for the Ward Line's SS MORRO CASTLE ? In any scale or format ? (Plastic, resin or paper) I believe that no model manufacturer ever has, although I'd like to be proven wrong.
I'd appreciate any info that you'd might provide regarding a possible kit out there....
The outright disaster of this ship is truly horrific. This ship (if you're not familiar with the story...) was a handsome vessel that plied weekly from NYC to Havana, Cuba. It caught fire off the coast of New Jersey in 1934 near Long Beach Island or Barnegat area, some 8 miles from the coast. This fire took 137 people's lives. The vessel, after being towed, broke loose from a coast guard vessel & ocean tug, and drifted loose to beach itself directly at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ.
Allegations were made against the chief radio officer regarding an intentionally set fire , some years later. It was never proven. There are several books on the subject, and it truly makes for fascinating reading, if you dig reading great maritime stories...this tragedy makes for excellent reading. Too many things transpired on Sept. 8th, 1934 to mention here. It ranks up there with the great maritime tales of all time, but is overlooked too often in that regard. It shouldn't be that way, but is. Right up there with SMS Emden, Bismarck, Titanic and so on. An unbelievable sea tale, truly.
I've looked around quite a bit to find a model kit, but again, seems to be overlooked. This time by the model building community... As far as I know, anyway. If there is no kit out there of this handsome liner ? God, that should be corrected. I lack the skill of a true scratch builder. I've done a bit of scratch when representing other configurations/retro fitting of ships given the era that a kit represents versus the configuration I'd wished to represent, but on a small scale. But nothing like what would be required building from shipyard plans/outboard profiles and so on. I just lack that sort of ability. Admittedly....
Again, if anyone has input here, it would be greatly appreciated!!