Robert C. Lee

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Robert Corwin Lee (August 30, 1888 – September 1, 1971) was Vice President of the Moore-McCormack Lines shipping company, and an officer of the US Navy achieving the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in the US Naval Reserve.


On June 15, 1918 he married Elsie Francis Calder, daughter of Senator William M. Calder.[1]


Lee was promoted to the rank of Commander before leaving full-time service. Later, he was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half) (Commodore) in the US Naval Reserve, as a result of service during World War II.


Lee was instrumental in negotiating several significant contracts for Moore-McCormack in the 1920s, with Poland and Russia.[2]

Both his wife and daughter, Kay Calder Lee, were "sponsors" (launching ladies) for several ships:


  • Mr. Moore, Mr. McCormack—and the seven seas! (New York: Newcomen Society in North America), transcript of 1956 Newcomen address(?), 32 pp. OCLC 921995


  1. ^ Senator Calder's Daughter a Bride, The New York Times, 1918-06-16, accessed 2009-12-24
  2. ^ Moore-McCormack Lines, accessed 2009-12-24
  3. ^ Cameraman on ship shoots launching in reverse, LIFE magazine - 1941-01-13, accessed 2009-12-24