Ward Line ad from National Geographic February 1933. The Morro Castle was built for the Ward Line in 1929. On September 8, 1934 the ship was returning from Havana when it caught fire off the coast of New Jersey. 137 passengers were killed in the inferno, many of them trapped in their staterooms. The ship later beached at Asbury Park New Jersey were it became a bizarre tourist attraction before it was cut up for scrap.