Journey back in time with us now to the SS Mariposa as she embarks on a south seas cruise, photographed in glorious 16mm Kodachrome by Mildred and Harry Brown of Glendale, California between February 25th and April 3, 1963. See leisurely, voyeuristic shots of a lithe woman sunning herself with a tiny folding canopy to shield her face from the ... Read More »
SS Lurline Departing Honolulu with 442nd RCT, 1943 Youtube video – Sailing day on the SS LURLINE from Honolulu, Hawaii… memories now vanished. 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. She made her destination safely, travelling at maximum speed, and soon ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
Cruise Ship History: Walt Disney and his family sailed to Hawaii on Matson Line’s famous liner in the 1950s.
In the 1950s – Walt Disney sailed with this wife and daughters on the Lurline. Mr. and Mrs. Disney had sailed in the 1930s on Matson Lines. Walt was a big fan of cruise travel and sailed trans-Atlantic many times. Walt Disney first sailed to Hawaii with his wife, Lillian, in 1934. Disney was very friendly with passengers and even ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.
The LURLINE was Hawaii! 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 to Hawaii; the couple named ... Read More »