Cruise Line History – Home Lines SS HOMERIC cruise to Barbados – 1960s

youTUBE video of 1960s cruise to Barbados aboard the SS HOMERIC – Home Lines

Home Lines HOMERIC…

The Homeric was originally the Mariposa. She was a 18,017 gross ton ship, length 632 feet x beam 79.4 feet, two funnels, two masts, twin screw, speed 22 knots.

Accommodation for 475 first class and 229 cabin class passengers. Built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, she was launched for the Matson Navigation Company in Los Angeles on 18th July 1931. The Mariposa was used on the San Francisco – Honolulu – Sydney service and in 1941 entered service as a US Navy transport.

After wartime service, the Mariposa was laid up at Alameda in 1946 and in 1953 was sold to Home Lines, Panama and renamed the SS Homeric the following year.

The Homeric was completely refitted with accommodation for 147 first class and 1,096 tourist class passengers. The Homeric started regularly scheduled Southampton – New York sailings in 1955 and Le Havre – Montreal sailings in 1957.

From 1963 she was used for cruising only and after a serious fire in 1973, it was found uneconomical to repair her and she was sold for scrapping at Taiwan.



  1. Sailed on Her in September 1957 from Montreal to Southampton and from Southampton to Montreal in October 1958 (very rough crossing). Once again from Montreal to Southampton in August 1963 which I believe was the last regular voyage between the two ports. Nice ship, lots of memories.

  2. burton richardson

    I estimate I boarded the Homeric at Montreal, Canada in the fall of 1960 bound for Cuxhaven, Germany.
    It was a delightful crossing for my wife and I and two children with a short stop at the Isle of Wright, England.

  3. I live in Germany, Bonn, I am now 70 Years old. I worked in the beautishop as a hairdresser from 1964 until 1965,our Boss was J├╝rgen Scheliga We made beautiful crusing in sommertime to Nassau and in the wintertime all over the caribian islands. I really loved my job and still think about the old good times with the MS Homeric, the nice crew members and the lots of work we had.
    best regards Gabriele

  4. I traveled this ship in the maybe late 50′s to early 60′s with my parents.. I am thinking thru the panama canal? I was young.. but enjoyed all my cruises- traveled with them on Queen Mary- United States- Queen of Berumda- Christopher Columbus- and I am STILLLLLLLLLLLL cruising.. !!!! I am 64 now..

  5. io ero a bordo dell’homeric e oceanic nel 1969/72

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