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. Lurlines sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. As USAT Lurline (aka USS Lurline), she served as a troopship in World War II.

Rechristened in 1963 by Chandris Lines as the MS Ellinis, the ship became one of the most important luxury cruise ships on the Australian and New Zealand services. She operated in Australasia and Oceania until 1980.

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