YOUTUBE – SAILING FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII ABOARD MATSON LINE’S S.S. LURLINE
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 their voyage across the Pacific. The complete history of Matson’s passenger ship era is now available in a coffee-table book called “The White Ships.” Published in 2008 by Pier 10 Media, available at whiteships.com.
SS LURLINE Arriving in Hawaii on 1940s Maiden Voyage after WW 2.
Cruising the Past – Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – History of a great ship:
Design and Construction (1931 – 1932):
The Lurline was built by the Bethlehem Steel shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on the 18th July 1932.
Prewar Matson Line era (1932 – 1941):
On the 27th December 1932 the Lurline sailed on her maiden voyage from San Francisco to Australia via Los Angeles, Honolulu, Auckland, Pago Pago, Suva, Sydney and Melbourne.This was the heyday of the great Matson Liners, crack passenger trains were adopted as “Boat Trains”, carrying passengers from New York and Chicago to connect in San Francisco with the liner sailings.
Visit to Australia during the 1930s.
The Lurline and her sister ships were attracting the Hollywood stars sailing to Hawaii in ever increasing numbers. These stars including famous names such as William Powell, Carole Lombard, Jimmy Durante, Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy, Joel McCrea, Frances Dee and Shirley Temple. Despite the difficulties of the Depression, the popularity of travel to Hawaii remained high.
During this period the Matson Liners became such a popular institution in San Francisco that during the Golden Gate Exposition celebrations on Treasure Island in 1939, the City named the 9th August 1939 as Matson Day!