Wednesday - February 13, 1957
From New York to Bremerhaven
via Halifax, Southampton, Le Havre
The "Seven Seas" was built by Sun
Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Chester,Pa. in 1940 as the "Mormacmail" for the
US Moore McCormack Line as a freighter.
She was a 12,575 gross ton ship,length overall 492ft x beam 69.2ft, one
funnel, one mast, single screw and a speed of 16 knots.
Launched on 15/1/1940, she went to the US Navy in 1941 and was renamed "Long
In April 1947 she was laid up and in 1948 was sold to the Caribbean Land &
Shipping Co, renamed "Nelly" and rebuilt as a passenger ship with
accommodation for 20-1st class and 1,066-tourist class.
In 1949 she made her first Bremen - Australia voyage and in 1953 was renamed
In 1955 she was chartered to the German Europe-Canada Line and on 30/4/1955
commenced her first Bremen - Le Havre- Southampton - Quebec - Montreal
In Jan 1956 she made her first Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre - Southampton -
Halifax - New York voyage (winter service) and in April 1956 resumed Bremen
- Quebec - Montreal voyages.
She was bought outright by Europe-Canada Line in 1956 and in April 1963 made
her last Bremen - Rotterdam - Havre - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal voyage
and subsequently ran to New York.
On 17/7/1965 she had a serious fire in the engine room while 500 miles from
St John's NF to which port she was towed.
She was repaired and on 20/6/1966 resumed the New York - Southampton - Le
Havre - Rotterdam - Bremen service, starting her last voyage on 13/9/1966.
She was bought by Erasmus University Rotterdam the same year and employed as
a students' hostel.
- [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.4,p.1738]
- [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 9 January 1998]
For the seven Seas
Great Site - Ship Links
The Unofficial Holland American Line
Website (many passenger lists)