A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo.

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s.

They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at the bottom of the Pacific off the coast of Southern California.

The SS CATALINA, after a valiant attempt to rescue it, was taken to Mexico where she was left rotting in Ensenada Harbor and scrapped this year.

There was a big deal about making the SS CATALINA a National Historical Monument. But like most “historical” endeavors in California it got lost in financial problems and endless legal action.

Cheers to the memory of these ships and the great people who tried to save the SS CATALINA.

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