Our new Video on the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON – THE GREAT WHITE SHIPS – Premiere of youTUBE VIDEO from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM


A “Cruising The Past” short film taking a nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON…
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The SS CATALINA and the SS AVALON – early 1950s – Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, California…

The SS CATALINA and SS AVALON were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together 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 is rotting in Ensenada Harbor. 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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Steamship advertisement in 1927 Official Railway Guide…

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