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 The Lurline was my last assignment before retiring in November 1990. The United States Lines, Grace Line, and Alaska Line steamships. { On the 7th December 1941, while the Lurline was about half way from Honolulu to San Francisco, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. In the early to mid 1960s increasing competition from air travel and union disputes and strikes caused passenger demand to fall. MSFPhover = December 7th – Having missed Pearl Harbor, the SS Lurline races to California. SS Lurline/WLVD. “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE – First Openly Gay Celebrity! The fabulous OCEANIC was the largest late mid-century ship build for cruising! Cruising the Past – Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – History of a great ship: The Lurline was built by the Bethlehem Steel shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav10n=MSFPpreload("_derived/st2.htm_cmp_passport110_vbtn.gif"); MSFPnav10h=MSFPpreload("_derived/st2.htm_cmp_passport110_vbtn_a.gif"); } After an engine failure in 1963 caused the Lurline to be retired from service by Matson Line, she was laid up and then sold to Chandris Lines on the 3rd September 1963. She remained laid up for 5 years until she was sold for scrapping in Taiwan in 1986. // -->. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav4n=MSFPpreload("_derived/wsl.htm_cmp_passport110_vbtn.gif"); MSFPnav4h=MSFPpreload("_derived/wsl.htm_cmp_passport110_vbtn_a.gif"); } spent all weekends at sea. Taken in the early 1960s, this scene was a regular occurrence in Honolulu during the golden era of steamship travel (1927-1978). After returning to San Francisco on the 24th April 1934 after her Pacific cruise, the Lurline joined the Malolo on the route from San Francisco to Hawaii. Lurline. Spreckels sold a 150-foot brigantine named Lurline to Matson so that Matson could replace his smaller schooner Emma Claudina and double the shipping operation which involved hauling supplies and a few passengers to Hawaii and returning with cargos of Spreckels sugar. As a result Chandris Lines decided to retire her from service and in October 1981 she was laid up in Greece. SS Lurline steaming to California after Pearl Harbor was bombed. YOUTUBE – View of Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – A home movie of the SS Lurline on Boat Day in Honolulu. As a result this fine ship was able to return to service in March 1975 and commenced Mediterranean cruises until early 1977. This steamer served Matson for twenty years, including a stint with United States Shipping Board during World War I. William Matson died in 1917; his company continued under a board of directors. Despite the difficulties of the Depression, the popularity of travel to Hawaii remained high. Her high occupancy rates during the early 1950s caused Matson to also refit her sister ship SS Monterey (renaming her Matsonia) and the two liners provided a first class only service between Hawaii and the American mainland from June 1957 to September 1962, mixed with the occasional Pacific cruise. “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE – First Openly Gay Celebrity! The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. "According to our [U. S. National Archives] records, in 1951 the Department of the Army destroyed all passenger lists, manifests, logs of vessels, and troop movement files of United States Army Transports for World War II." In 1962 the Matsonia (former Monterey) was laid up and again the Lurline continued the service single handed. What about all the American ships that were at sea on December 7th? SS LURLINE Arriving in Hawaii on 1940s Maiden Voyage after WW 2. // -->