Emerson E. Chodzko, interviewed by Morgiana Halley
Scope and Contents
Two series by Morgiana P. Halley, one dealing with marine disasters in Newfoundland folk balladry and the other with marine convoys of World War II.
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From the Collection: English
NA4289 Capt. Emerson E. Chodzko (1921-2008), interviewed by Morgiana Halley, November 24, 1989, Pacific Ave., Long Beach, California. Went to sea at age 16. Highest rank: Unlimited Master's, post-WWII. Rank during WWII: Chief Officer. Received probationary book after sailing on tankers for a year. Registered for draft on tankers. Shipped on the Mormac Gull, the Benjamin Rush, the George Ross, and the Carlos Carrillo. Topics include: training; diesel vs. steam turbine engines; traveling around the world; the size of convoys; cargo; liquor poisoned by "sympathizers" to kill U.S. sailors; famine and death rates; coming under attack by Stuka dive bombers. Brief interruption of interview by Doris Chodzko, Emerson's wife. Audiofiles: c0747, c0748 2 hr. Interview summary and obituary. Text: 12 pp.
- Liberty ships -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Merchant mariners -- United States -- Interviews Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Monterey. (Ocean Liner)
- SS Benjamin Rush. (Liberty Ship)
- SS Carlos Carrillo. (Liberty Ship)
- SS Lane Victory. (Victory ship)
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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