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Matson Lines ~ SS Lurline
The elegant and striking SS Lurline is seen in
commenced sailing from
Mariposa was launched July 18 1931. In 1954 she became the Homes Line cruise
ship Homeric. After a major fire in July 1973 she was declared a total loss and
was scrapped in
SS Monterey the second liner of the trio
3 … Lurline was launched on July 18 1932, and was the only ship to retain her original name until being sold in September 1963 to Chandris Lines to become the subject of this article, RHMS Ellinis.
Tonnage: 18,163 GRT.
Length: 192.6 m / 632 ft.
Beam: 24.2 m / 79.4 ft.
Propulsion: Geared Turbines - 28,450 SHP – (21,215.16 kW).
Screws: Twin screws.
Speed: 20 knots, max 22.8 knots.
Passengers: 475 First Class.
240 Tourist Class.
First Class only from 1957.
On January 15,
1933, SS Lurline departed
I hereby wish to thank Mr. Todd M. Curro for providing the correct scheduling information regarding her maiden voyage as his Grandfather Robert worked on her during this voyage and retained a copy of the schedule in his photo book as seen below.
Todd Curro’s Grandfather - Robert Pitts served aboard the Lurline in 1933
Provided by Todd M. Curro
Schedule provided by Todd M. Curro
The troopship SS Lurline departing
In 1932, the
last of four elegant liners designed by William Francis Gibbs and built for the
Matson Lines' Pacific services was launched: the SS Lurline christened on 12
July 1932 in
Amelia Earhart rode Lurline from
She spent the
war providing similar services, often voyaging to
On December 7,
1941, whilst Lurline was sailing from
The troops set sail
continued her wartime service, including visits to
is seen here departing
Mid 1946 the
Lurline was returned to Matson Lines, and underwent and extensive refit at
The Lurline is seen here undergoing her refit returning her to her glorious luxury Liner days!
On April 15,
1948, the Lurline resumed her
SS Lurline’s first post refit voyage to
The Honolulu Advertiser ran the following advertisement as seen below on April 21, 1948, “Welcoming Hawaii’s Own … SS Lurline Home”.
career, the greatly loved Lurline was also used as a film set for the “Ma
and Pa Kettle, Go to
1950, due to incredible success of
1950, due to incredible success of
But sadly just like all the grat liners and cruise ships worldwide, a new enemy had arrived on the scene and that was airlines operating new and faster aircraft, and these became serious competition and it soon caused passenger loadings to fall. The first to be laid up was the SS Matsonia in September 1962, and the Lurline remained on the service as she was the much loved ship. The name alone was a bvanner of luxury and comfort, thus it remained something very special, and no airline could provide that!
The Lurline is seen late in 1962 and thus is close to her final days with Matson Lines
But no matter
how much the great Lurline was loved, it was on February 3, 1963 she arrived in
With the decline of the greatly beloved Lurline, Matson decided to take the Matsonia out of the mothballs, and characteristically they changed her name to “Lurline”, for they knew well that this name was so much loved, she would continue to do well, as she is loved by so many!
The original SS Lurline was sold to the Greek Chandris Lines just a little later in 1963. and she became the “fabulous” RHMS Ellinis.
Matson Line advertisement
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