SEATTLE, Washington, March 17. – Robert Moran, President of the Moran Brothers’ Company, builders of the battleship Nebraska, announced to-day the sale of the control of their company to Eastern capitalists associated with the Griscoms of Philadelphia….A new corporation will be organized bearing the title of the Moran company. – New York Times, March 18, 1906
But money scuttles memory, hollow
As sunken loss of love for ships.
I sold my interest – do you follow? –
And never – did I? – came to grips
With what came next: The day of purchase
Was all whimsy on the surface –
The auction hammer fell between
That Paddy’s Day of good poitín
And holy Joseph’s feast of somber
Remorse… That sale between the saints
Forever scorches more than paints
The old Seattle I remember.
The man Moran had saved the town –
The name Moran sails on alone.