Model of the Cargo Ship Del Norte

After WW2, the United States Maritime Commission, in cooperation with the Delta Line, arranged for the redesign of the wartime C-3 cargo ships by naval architect George Sharp. The Delta Line used the three resulting “Del-series” ships to reestablish postwar trade with South America. Del Norte and its sister ships Del Sud and Del Mar were all built in the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which had built several C-3 vessels between 1940 and 1947. Del Norte was the first of the three sister ships to be completed and the first to leave the shipyard on November 26, 1946.
Del Norte measured 995 feet in length, 70 feet in beam, and 10,074 tons. It was equipped with new features not previously seen on other, similar vessels, like air conditioning for the passenger, officer and crew accommodations. It also was fitted with postwar radar. For twenty years, Del Norte sailed mainly between the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. In 1967, the Delta Line discontinued its passenger service because of financial difficulty, and the three sister ships were converted to express cargo liners. In 1972, Del Norte was chartered for a one-way trip to Indonesia. One source indicates that it was broken up for scrap after this; another implies that the ship merely disappeared from the record after completing the voyage.
This model was built by Boucher Models of New York after World War II and first appears in the collection of the Insurance Company of North America around 1950.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1946
Boucher, Fred
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 62 in x 8 in; 45.72 cm x 157.48 cm x 20.32 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Hi I have a really neat framed (1.5'x3' roughly) I assume it's a print of the Del Norte in the 1940s. It's a night scene with airplanes flying above and a Chris Craft type boat in foreground. The frame has a small Delta Lines tag I assume it's something you would find on the wall of one of their offices or Travel Agency? There is a description on this in a Jack Heaney collection online that describes the scene but it's small and captioned "unknown ship".

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