Asbury Park, NJ The SS MORRO CASTLE Disaster, Sep 1934

Morro Castle Early in 1934 Morro Castle On Fire After the fire The wreckage Off Asbury Park NJ

Plans Own Inquiry.
CONBOY informed the board of investigation at the start that he intended to follow up the hearing with his own inquiry.
"Our investigation may be much more detailed and unlimited than the scope of this investigation," he said.
"All information will be used, and the investigation will be conducted personally by me."
The questioning was conducted chiefly by HOOVER and NEILSON.
WARMS testified his vessel was in the tail end of a hurricane Friday night.
Captain ROBERT WILLMOTT died of indigestion and heart failure earlier, WARMS testified, and he took the bridge.
"We laid out the Captain -- God rest his soul -- and I went to the bridge," WARMS related.
"He had not been sick on the way out."
"I'm not myself," WARMS said.
THen his head dropped and he placed his handkerchief over his eyes and wept, sobs shaking his shoulders.
"We were pals," he sobbed.
After a moment he pulled himself together.
"Ok," he said, the questioning continued.
WARMS said the first word of fire he had was at 2:45 A.M. when the night deck watchman informed him.
"He reported he had seen smoke and fire coming out of ventilators on the portside amidships."
"What did you do then?" NIELSON asked.
"I sent the second officer to investigate. Then the salon night watchman reported fire in the library."
"Did you leave the bridge," NIELSON asked.
"No sir."
He said a locker "blew out" as the second officer put a fire extinguisher on it. "There was gasoline in it."
"I sounded the general alarm a few minutes before 3 o'clock."
"I told the lookout man to turn out the crew and ordered the stewards and salon watchman to waken the passengers and use tin pans it necessary."

The Casualty Listing:
MRS. SOPHIE ALTENBURG; CARLOS ALVAREZ; CHARLES BADER; ARTURO BARRIOS; MISS ANNA BEHLING; MAX BERLINER; MISS AGNES D. BERRY; MR. JOSEPH BERTO; MR. ELIAS BOGUSON; MR. IRVING BRADKIN; MR. EDWARD J. BRADY; MISS ELEANOR BRENNAN; MERVYN BREGSTEIN; MISS BROWNEY; MRS. HENRIETTA BORRELL; DR. FRANCOIS BUSQUET; MRS. MARIE BYRNE; MR. FRANK CARDELLECHIO; MR. ALBERT CASINIERE; MRS. CARRIE CLARK; MISS CATHERINE COCHRANE; DR. JAMES F. COLL; MISS CAMILLA CONROY; MRS. JAMES DILLON; MRS. ADELAIDE DISTLER; MR. ERNEST DISTLER; MR. CHARLES ELIAS; MISS JERRI ERRICKSON; HAMLET FARNELL; MR. FRED FAULCONER; MR. THOMAS FEARHERSTON; FAMON FERNER; MR. CHARLES F. FILTZER; MR. HAROLD FOERSCH; MISS FANNIE FRYMAN; MRS. DORA GAHRINGER; MISS LILLIAN GAHRINGER; MR. ROBERT GARNER; MR. MANUEL GOMEZ; MR. MANUEL GONZALEZ; MR. ROBERTO GONZALEZ; MRS. AUGUSTA GRIESMER; MRS. CLARA LAUBER GRIESMER; MR. FREDERICK GRIESMER; MR. WILLIAM GRIMM; MR. JESUS GUTERBAY; MR. HENRY HAGEDORN; MRS. MINNIE HAGEDORN; MR. WILLIAM HAESSLER; MR. JOSEPH A. HEIMAN; AAGOT HALVORSEN; MR. WILLIAM HILLSTRAND; MR. FRANZ HOED DE BECHE; MISS EVA HOFFMAN; MRS. GRACE HOLDEN; MR. HENRY JAKOBY; MR. HENRY, JAKOBY, JR.; MR. JAMES F. KENNEDY; MR. JOHN KENT; MR. MILTON KLEIN; MR. ADOLPH KOSBOTHE; MRS. MARY KOSBOTHE; MISS ROSE KRAUS; MRS. ANNA KUHN; MR. ALBERT KURLAND; MISS DOROTHY LANDAN; MR. CLYDE LATTA; MR. NICHOLAS LARRANAGA; MR. JACOB A. LIKEWISE; MR. ANTHONY LIONE; RAYMOND LIONE; HARRY A LIPSCOMBE; MR. MIILTON LISTIC; MISS ANN G. LITVAK; MRS. DOROTHY SEEBACH LOFMARK; MRS. MARGARET LOHSE; MR. JOHN LOPEZ; MR. MORTON LYON; MR. HERBERT MARSHALL; MRS. NELLIE MARSHALL; MR. ALEXANDER McARTHUR; MR. STANLEY MAKARSKI; MR. NELSON MARTIN; MR. ARTURO MATTARITA; MR. JULIUS MAUS; FRANK MELEY; MR. NELSON MESSEREAU; MR. ROBERT MILLER; MRS. LETTY C. MOHR; MRS. EMILY MORAN; MISS MARION MORAN; MR. STANLEY MORRIS; MISS FRANCIS MULLER; MRS. FRANCES MURPHY; MRS. DORA NEWMARK; MR. RENE OLAVARRIA; MRS. LAURA OLSON; MISS LOUISE OVERGENE; MRS. BESSIE PEARLMAN; MRS. VIOLA PELLICE; MR. LOUIS PELLICE; MR. SAM PETTI; MR. GUIDO POLICASTRO; ERNEST E. POTTBERG; MRS. MARY PRICE; MR. LUCIANO RAMOS; MR. EUGENE REICHELE; FERDINAND REINEKING; MRS. MARIE RENZ; MR. G. ALEXANDER ROSS; DICKIE RUEDA; MR. SYDNEY RYAN; BRAULIO SAENZ AGUILERA; MISS CAINA SAENZ AGUILERA; MRS. MARGARET SAENZ; MISS MARTA SAENZ AGUILERA; MRS. FREIDA SCHEELY; MRS. P. SHAROTT; ARTHUR SHERIDAN; MISS FRANCES SPECTOR; MRS. FRANCIS STEWART; DR. HENRY C. STRAUCH; MRS. RUTH DOROTHY STRAUCH; MR. EDUARDO SUAREZ MURIAS; MISS LOUISE TAUBERT; MR. JAMES THOMAS; MISS SARAH THRONE; FRANCESCO TOSTI; MR. LUPENCINO TRUJILLO; MR. ERNEST ULRICH; MR. ANTONIO VALLEJO; DR. DEWITT C. VANZILE; JOSE VASQUEZ; IRINEO VILLEHOZ; MISS LOUISE AGNES VOGT; MR. HERBERT WACKER; MR. GEORGE WEBERMAN; MISS HENRIETTA WECKER; MRS. CLARA WEIL; MR. RICHARD WILSON; MRS. RAGNE ZABOLA; MR. HENRY ZIMPLINSKI.

The Daily Messenger Canandaigua New York 1934-09-10

Continued

Comments

sea tales: Inferno on the Morrow Castle

Does anyone have this episode of Sea Tales! I've been looking for over 7 years for this program. My father lived in Spring Lake just a few miles away from the burning ship. My Grandfather took 16mm footage of the burning ship of Asbury Park. So I'm looking for Sea Tales: Inferno on the Morrow Castle. Thanks Mike

Letty C. Mohr - Victim - Name Correction

My relative, Letty C. Lohr, was a passenger on the Moro Castle and she lost her life on the ship because of the fire. Her name has been listed as "Letty C. Mohr" in official documents of the period, instead of her actual name, Letty C. Lohr (Letite C. Lohr). It was probably a typing error or someone misunderstood her name when she pronounced it when making reservations for the Moro Castle.

Her body was identified by her sister. She was the widow of Frederick Lohr and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Nellie Marshall - Morro Castle Victim

Nellie Marshall's body washed ashore at Sea Girt, NJ. Her husband, George Marshall, identified her body. On 13 Sep 1934, Nellie was buried in Brooklyn at the Evergreen Cemetery - Section: Bethel Slope, Lot #: 645. The next day George Marshall remarried.

I am trying to find Nellie's death certificate and obituary. Who were her parents? The more answers I find, the more questions I have!

Teri Wheeler
teri59@hotmail.com

i would love to visit museum

i would love to visit museum and look at photos and letters my fire department has one of the fire trucks that responded to the morro castle the truck is still running i just finished its restoration it was the former ocean grove fire dept truck from the washington
bea9334017@yahoo.com

pix from survivors

I would be very interested. Capt Robert Wilmot was my husbands 2nd cousin. We are trying to gather everything we can on this tragedy.

Capt Robert Wilmott Geaneoligy

He is my husbands 2nd cousin. I have his geoneoligy in ancestory.com My husbands Grandfather was Henry Wilmot who had a family feud and added a 2nd T to the end of his last name and dropped the Jr. His Grand father was Charles Wilmot I believe Charles had a brother who had a son Robert who was the father of Capt Robert Wilmot feel free to view our public ancestory.com Under Wilmott Whitesell family tree. You can probably type David Wilmott born 1968 to find it. Good luck. Let me know if its true cause we'd be very distant I am sure but still related.

Morrow Castle

I was only seven years old but I remember my Father taking me to see the Morrow Castle quite close to Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Breeches Buoys were being used to carry what we thought were passengers from the ship to Convention Hall. We watched for a long time from the Boardwalk. I was quite impressed and can still see all the action.
Nothing in this article mentions any of this. Is it possible that it was dead bodies being transferred to shore?

your book

My grandmother, Marie Byrne, was one of the people killed on this ship. I am curious about the book you refer to that is due out soon. Would you please send me the information for purchase, publisher etc. Thank you
Natalie Brown

Apologize for not having a

Apologize for not having a link...but this story isnt complete. THe radio operator who sent the distress calls was subsequently suspected of murdering (by poison) the Captain and setting the fire. He died in prison after being convicted of an arson murder in a different (not ship-related) incident years later.

Morro Castle

Hi Deb
I think I gave you all I had on the Morro Castle.
If there is something you see that you do not have, let me know?
Bud