Manufacturer: Sterling China
User: Moore-McCormack Lines
Date of service plate: 1960s
Notes: Moore & McCormack, as it was originally known, started as a freighter line in 1913, sailing between New York and Brazil. Albert Moore and Emmet McCormack founded the company with just $5,000 in capital. It later offered cargo service to Scandinavian ports and began passenger service in 1932, with destinations in South America and the Mediterranean, to name a few. Ships included S.S. Argentina and S.S. Brasil. The S.S. Meredith Victory, along with sister ships Mormacmoon and Hunter Victory, performed a rescue operation of nearly 100,000 South Korean refugees during the Korean War in 1950. The fleet was purchased by Holland America Lines in 1972.
Moore-McCormack Company Timeline
This service plate was used on board The Brasil and The Argentina.
An update to the former entry: We have found no reference to the pink version of this gray blue pattern, shown above, but are retaining it. The pink might have been a wildly-off distortion of color in the photo, or it might be an extremely hard-t0-find version. We have found references to the gray blue version as being named Gold & Grey.
For related info:
Moore-McCormack Lines 2 by Mayer China
Moore-McCormack Lines Rio by Sterling China