Morro Castle of 1930
Images and Memorabilia
The Ward Line is best remembered as the line that operated the ill-fated Morro Castle of 1930. The turbo-electric liners Morro Castle and Oriente were the largest and finest Ward Line ships ever built, thougth hardly the most successful. Launced in the early stages of the Great Depression, the so-called "millionaire's yachts" were fast, well-appointed, and safer than most ships of their era. But a strange series of circumstances led to the Morro Castle's destruction by fire in September 1934, resulting in the loss of 134 lives-- the largest loss of life at sea in peacetime in U.S. history.
This tragedy has been the subject of many articles, books, and television programs, so this page is dedicated solely to images and memorabilia related to the Morro Castle and her sister. Hopefully, these images give a better insight into the ship before her tragic loss-- the "feel" of the ship, how she was advertised, and life onboard the Ward Line's most infamous liner.