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Henry R Schoolcraft

Henry R Schoolcraft

HENRY R SCHOOLCRAFT

A product of the Permanente Metals Corporation Yard No 1 this Liberty ship was delivered to the WSA during February 1944. Her wartime manager was Seas Shipping Co., New York.
After the war she was sold to Fratelli Piaggio di Marco, Genoa, Italy and renamed San Marco IV.
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Stuart , that's an interesting deck cargoand has me a wee bit flummoxed. Initially I thought Esparto Grass but, it looks too dark to be that and does'nt appear to be in bales. It does'nt look like Coke and no netting against the wooden stanchions., I justwonder if it's Peat or something like that ? Anyone like to educate us ?
 

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Whatever the cargo is -it was very costly to supply and rig
that fencing of 9" x 3" timbers.
Stan
 

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Yes, Sta, fully agree and that looks a very professional job. I'm still perplexed but, under the old spy glass I'm beginning to wonder if that deck cargo is covered with tarps., and it looks a bit lumpy underneath. Could it be coke or some specialised grade that needed extra protection?
 

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Whatever it is the crew walk on it as there are no catwalks.
Also noticeable as with many Greek owned Liberty ships -
two lifeboats have been removed,also a jumbo derrick and
the crows nest - savings on maintenance.
 

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Stan - The Mate was probably told the life-boats and 'Jumbo' were his year's bonus ...so he sold them(Thumb)
 

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Stumps: We were preparing to load grain on a C-2 in New Orleans, and our Port Captain was remarking on how cooperative I was in helping him to prepare the ship for the load. What prompted the remark was that he was also working a Greek vessel where he was encountering lots of problems with the Chief Mate. He realized that he'd forgotten to slip any cash to the mate, so he gave him $10 in an envelope, and after that had total cooperation.
 

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