Category Archives: MATSON LINES

DECEMBER 7th – “The day that will live in infamy!” America at war and at sea. Matson Line’s SS Lurline…

Cruise History and Liner History: The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The SS Lurline made her destination safely, cruising at maximum speed, and soon returned to Hawaii with her Matson sisters SS Mariposa and SS Monterey in a convoy laden with troops and supplies.  December ... Read More »

Sailing to Hawaii on the SS LURLINE

Sailing to Hawaii on the SS Lurline in the 1950s… William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren) out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on a yacht voyage he captained ... Read More »

SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s.

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS HOMERIC IN 1960s Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau. Another former Matson liner, built in 1931 as Mariposa for the U.S. West Coast – Pacific service. SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s. Cruising the Past: History of Home Line’s SS HOMERIC: Originally the SS ... Read More »

ss LURLINE – Matson Line’s Flagship – “The Lurline is Hawaii”!

YOUTUBE – View of Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – A home movie of the SS Lurline on Boat Day in Honolulu. Taken in the early 1960s, this scene was a regular occurrence in Honolulu during the golden era of steamship travel (1927-1978). Each week, Matson’s grand white passenger ships arrived from California or the South Seas, and later continued on ... Read More »

The Lurline “was” Hawaii!

Maston Line’s SS LURLINE was advertised as: “The Lurline is Hawaii!” SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline‘s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. As USAT Lurline ... Read More »

When ships had passenger lists…

Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the Lurline to the Queen Mary – these were an important source of information regarding who would be ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: MATSON LINE’S SS LURLINE IN SAN DIEGO

The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier in the 1930s. The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and ... Read More »

Cruise History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California by mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack

The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. MacDonald. Here is a vacation post card, a valentine and ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: This is MGM’s 1930s musical HONOLULU aboard Matson Line’s SS LURLINE starring Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell. When getting there was half the fun!

The incomparable Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell in this show-stopping number aboard Matson Line’s SS Lurline from the hit 1939 MGM musical HONOLULU. The song captures the Magic and Romance of Hawaii’s Golden Age aboard the great Matson liners. When getting there was truly half the fun. Alas, this song and musical have not fared well, and have been all-but-forgotten, ... Read More »