First Of Two For Waterman -S/S Benjamin Harrison- Christened At Avondale

Avondale Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, La., a subsidiary of Ogden Corporation, held christening ceremonies recently for the LASH vessel S/S Benjamin Harrison, the first of two LASH vessels currently being built for Waterman Steamship Corporation.

Named for the distinguished member of the Continental Congress which approved the Declaration of I n d e p e n d e n c e , and father and grandfather of two U.S. Presidents, the S/S Benjamin Harrison is a combination LASH-container carrier. The vessel, designed by Friede & Goldman, Ltd., is scheduled to join Waterman Steamship Corporation's fleet in late June 1980 serving trade routes 12/22, which includes the Gulf, East Coast to the Far East.

Miss Suzanne P. Walsh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius S.

Walsh, served as sponsor of the S / S B e n j a m i n Harrison. Miss Walsh, whose father is chairman of Waterman Steamship Corporation, is a graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., and Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. Miss Walsh was attended by her mother, Mrs. Cornelius S.

Walsh, who served as matron of honor.

Principals of the S/S Benjamin Harrison christening ceremony were Albert L. Bossier Jr., president of Avondale Shipyards, Inc., who presided over the ceremony; the Honorable Thomas F. Moakley Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission, United States Department of Commerce, and the Honorable Samuel B. Nemirow, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime A f f a i r s, United States Department of Commerce, who were principal speakers for the occasion.

The invocation was given by the Most Reverend Edwin B. Broderick of New York City.

Miss Rebecca Bealer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bealer of ASI's Night Shift Crane Department, served in the traditional role of flower girl.

Waterman Steamship Corporation, one of the oldest American steamship companies, was founded in 1919 in Mobile, Ala. A major freight cargo operator, Waterman Steamship Corporation is headquartered in New York, with branch offices in Washington, Mobile, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and New Orleans.

Currently, its fleet consists of 11 vessels offering fast and efficient service to the Far East, Middle East and North European ports via U.S. Gulf and Atlantic ports.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Feb 15, 1980

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