ARGENTINA: Beachhead on the Plate

The S.S. Mormacwave, with Plimsoll marks awash, was warped gingerly into Dock C of Buenos Aires' Puerto Nuevo, and the longshoremen went to work on her. For the riches in her hold, her captain carried 1,700 manifests. His ship, 16 days out of New York, was crammed with machines, parts, motors, industrial tools, tinware, reinforcing bars, steel beams, yarn, toys, dental equipment, books, refrigerators full of penicillin.

All down the quayside, as unloading began, huge cranes bit into the piles of U.S. goods flowing into Argentina. So great was the jam of U.S. crates that port authorities last week ordered...

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