Matson Navigation Company and Oceanic Navigation Company Ships

The lists are from Cargoes: Matson's 1st Century in the Pacific, by William L. Worden, Hawaii: University Press of Hawaii, 1981

Some of the early ships listed for Oceanic were probably built for the Spreckels family and may have made some voyages before formal organization of the Oceanic Navigation Company. After the Oceanic Navigation Company became a Matson Navigation Company subsidiary in 1926, several trades were made between the fleets and a few ships are included in both lists.

 

Matson ships Oceanic ships

Matson owned ships 1882-1980

AMY TURNER, 991 ton wood bark, built East Boston, Mass., 1877. Matson bought 1906, sold to Woodside 1910. Reduced to barge, then refitted as bark, finally as barkentine after 1918 fire at Lyttleton, New Zealand. Foundered off Guam 27 March 1923.

ANDREW WELCH, 885 ton iron bark, built Port Glasgow 1888 for C. Brewer & Co. Matson bought 1908, sold to G. W. McNear 1915. Ship took cargo of food for Belgium but was intercepted by British c. 1916. Drifted to Germany. Sold to Swedes and renamed OLGA, then to Norwegians and named SOPHUS MAGDALON, then CANIS, with Bergen as home port. Engines installed 1919. Sold to Skips 1948, renamed EINVIKA, home port Trondheim. In November 1950, when owned by Ingv. Christianslund of Frederickstad, Norway, she ran on rocks in gale off Raufarhofn, Iceland. Crew was saved by Icelandic Life Savings Association, but hull disintegrated and was barely visible in 1968.

ANNIE JOHNSON, 1409 ton ship, built Harrington, England, 1872 as ADA IREDALE. Abandoned in South Pacific 15 Oct. 1876 when coal cargo caught fire. Reached Tahiti 9 June 1877. Repaired and rerigged as bark, sold to Matson 1895. Rerigged as schooner 1912, auxiliary engines installed 1916. Sold to L. Ozanne, Papeete 1926. Crew rescued when sank off Washington coast 1929.

ANTIOPE, 1496 ton iron full-rigged ship (later bark), built Port Glasgow, Scotland, 1866. Matson acquired in 1899 in name of F. Whitney, Liverpool (this may have been only a charter). Sold to Capt. P. J. R. Marhieson. Captured by Japanese in Vladivostok blockade, Russo-Japanese War. Sold to Canadians. Was storeship at an African port in 1922.

CALIFORNIAN, 13,636 C-4 freighter, built Vancouver, Wash., 1946 as MOUNT GREYLOCK. American-Hawaiian SS Co. bought and renamed 1951. Lengthened 1954 for Ore Transports, Inc. Matson bought 1960, continuing to operate into 1980.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES, 12,642 ton passenger liner, built Danzig 1899 as GROSSER KURFURST. Seized by U.S. 1917, renamed AEOLUS. Bought by LASSCO 1921, operated by LASSCO and Matson 1931-32, transferred to Matson 1934. Sold 1937 to Japanese shipbreaker.

COMMODORE, 1526 ton, 4 mast wood schooner, built Seattle 1920 as BLAATIND. Matson bought 1935 for use as barge. Refitted 1941, took lumber cargo to South Africa. Renamed COMMODORE II in 1943. Scrapped at Capetown 1947.

COQUINA, 2140 ton "laker" freighter, built Manitowoc, Wis., 1918. Matson bought 1935, sold to Oliver J. Olson line 1940. Renamed CYNTHIA OLSON. Sunk by Japanese submarine off Washington coast 7 Dec. 1941.

CORRALES, 2146 ton "laker'' freighter, built Manitowoc 1918. Matson bought 1935, sold 1940 to Olson, renamed BARBARA OLSON. Sold to Peru 1957, renamed RIO PASTAZA. Sank off Pimental, Peru, Oct. 1964.

DAISY KIMBALL, 275 wood schooner, steam powered, built Alameda, Calif., 1892. Matson bought 1894, sailed to Hilo, sold immediately to Wilder SS Co. for local service. Renamed KILAHANI. Lost in heavy weather at Hakalau, Hawaii, on first coasting voyage 26 Jan.1895.

DIAMOND HEAD, 5603 ton freighter, built San Pedro, Calif., 1918 as WEST ERRAL. Bought by LASSCO, transferred to Matson 1931, sold to Wallem, Hong Kong, 1946. Became SHAHROKH, then Panamanian NORBERG 1949, EASTERN PRIDE 1950, HIGASHI MARU of Osaka 1951. Wrecked at Balingtang, Philippines, 19 June 1958.

ELEU, 71 ton wood tug, built San Francisco 1883 (ex-ALERT), sold by Matson to Shipowners & Merchants Assoc. 1908. Scrapped 1921.

EMMA CLAUDINA, 196 ton, 3 mast wood schooner, built San Francisco 1881 by Turner for C. A. Spreckels. Matson bought 1/4 1882. Sold Nov. 1886 to George Chandler. Wrecked off Moclips, Wash., Nov. 1906, crew of 8 rescued.

ENTERPRISE, 2675 ton iron and steel steamer, built Newcastle, England, 1882 as German EHRENFELS, later renamed ST. GEORGE. Matson bought 1901, sold 1 Mar. 1937 to General Steamship Co. Scrapped in Japan.

EWA, 7003 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as ELDRIDGE. Later TACOMA of Tacoma-Oriental Line. Matson bought 1937, sold 1942 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Listed by Lloyds Register until 1968 as Russian NOGIN.

FALLS OF CLYDE, 1807 ton, 4 mast iron ship, later bark, built Port Glasgow, Scotland, 1878. Matson bought 1898 (via A. M. Brown), installed oil tanks. Sold to Associated Oil Dec. 1906. Cut down to oil barge at Ketchikan, Alaska, 1922. Restored as museum ship in 1960s, still on display at Honolulu.

FORT GEORGE, 1756 ton, 4 mast iron ship, built Belfast 1884. Matson bought from Planters Line 1907. Departed New York 28 July 1908. One possible sighting in South Atlantic but never seen again.

GEORGE CURTIS, 1838 ton wood ship, later rerigged as bark, built Waldoboro, Maine, 1884. Bought by Matson 1908, sold 1910 to North Alaska Salmon Co. Sailed until 1922, scrapped at Seattle 1929.

GERARD C. TOBEY, 1459 ton wood bark, built Bath, Maine, 1878. Matson bought 1907, sold 1910 to J. M. Woodside. Reduced to barge, wrecked at Seymour Narrows, B.C., 5 July 1914.

HAMAKUA, 6403 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as CITY OF SPOKANE. Later OLYMPIA of Tacoma-Oriental Line. Matson bought 1937, sold 1945 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Listed by Lloyd's Register until 1969 as Russian KUIBYSHEV.

HARVESTER, 754 ton wood bark, built Newburyport, Mass., 1871. Bought by Matson 1891, sold c. 1897 to Alaska Improvement Co. As 4 mast schooner, owned by Charles Nelson, departed Vavau, Tonga, 4 Nov. 1920. Missing at sea.

HAWAIIAN BUILDER, 7898 ton C-3 freighter, built San Francisco 1945 as SEA BLENNY. Matson bought 1947, sold 1970 to U.S. Department of Commerce.

HAWAIIAN CITIZEN, 7958 ton C-3 freighter, built San Francisco 1945 as SEA WREN. Matson bought 1947, rebuilt to 12,589 ton in 1970. Still active 1980.

HAWAIIAN CRAFTSMAN, 7885 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula 1945 as MARGUERITE LE HAND. Matson bought 1947, renamed PACIFIC BANKER, rebuilt to 14,161 ton in 1970. Sold 1972 to Atlantic Far East Lines, Inc. (Liberian).

HAWAIIAN EDUCATOR, 7886 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula, Miss., 1945 as SEA HARE. Matson bought 1946, sold 1964. Renamed GREEN RIDGE.

HAWAIIAN ENTERPRISE, 23,800 ton (displacement) containership, built Sparrows Point, Md. 1970 for Matson. Renamed MANUKAI 1978. Still active 1980.

HAWAIIAN FARMER, 7914 ton C-3 freighter, built San Francisco 1944 as SEA STURGEON. Matson bought 1947, sold 1971 to shipbreakers.

HAWAIIAN FISHERMAN, 7886 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula 1945 as SEA FALCON. Matson bought 1946, redesigned as specialized auto carrier 1961, renamed HAWAIIAN MOTORIST. Sold 1973 to Valor SS Co., converted to bulk carrier.

HAWAIIAN FORESTER, 7240 ton Liberty freighter, built Jacksonville, Fla. 1944 as GEORGE F. WALDO. Matson bought 1947, sold 1955 to Weyerhaeuser Co., Tacoma, Wash. Renamed C. R. MUSSER, sailing under Panamanian flag 1969.

HAWAIIAN ISLES, 2097 ton, 4 mast steel bark, built Port Glasgow 1882. Matson bought 1907, sold 1910 to Alaska Packers. Renamed STAR OF GREENLAND, next Swedish training ship ABRAHAM RYDBERG in 1929. In 1943 she was Portuguese FOZ DO DOURO. Scrapped 1957 in Italy.

HAWAIIAN LEGISLATOR, 11,178 ton C-4 freighter, built Vancouver, Wash., 1946 as WILLIS VICTORY. Sailed as NEVADAN 1951 and COAST PROGRESS 1957. Matson bought 1963, sold January 1979.

HAWAIIAN LOGGER, 7176 ton Liberty freighter, built New Orleans 1944 as ALES HRDLICKA. Matson bought 1946, sold 1960. Renamed CAPE COD, Greek ARTMISION 1961. Casualty and constructive total loss 1964.

HAWAIIAN LUMBERMAN, 7246 ton Liberty freighter, built Houston 1944 as LAURA DRAKE GILL. Matson bought 1946, sold 1960. Renamed CAPE HENRY, then Greek TRIKERI 1961, Liberian DAHLIA 1965.

HAWAIIAN MERCHANT, 7500 ton freighter, built Kearney, N.J., 1941 for Matson. Sold to U.S. Maritime Commission 1943. Commissioned as navy's U.S.S. EURYALE (AS-22). Decommissioned as sub tender at San Francisco Oct. 1946.

HAWAIIAN MERCHANT, 7887 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula 1945 as SEA SKIMMER. Matson bought 1947, rebuilt to 8300 ton in 1951, sold 1971 to American Ship Dismantlers.

HAWAIIAN MONARCH, 17,807 ton C-4 freighter, built Chester, Pa., 1944 as MARINE DRAGON. Matson bought 1965, renamed MAUNAWILI (#2) 1978. Still active 1980.

HAWAIIAN PACKER, 7200 ton freighter, built Newport News 1941 for Matson. Sold same year to U.S. Maritime Commission. Commissioned as U.S.S. DELTA (AK-29), later redesignated as AR-9 (1942). Decommissioned Tacoma, Wash., 1 Dec. 1955.

HAWAIIAN PACKER, 8348 ton C-3. freighter, built Pascagoula 1944 as SEA SCAMP. Matson bought 1947, sold 1964 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Renamed PECOS 1966.

HAWAIIAN PLANTER, 7200 ton freighter, built Newport News 1941 for Matson. Sold same year to U.S. Maritime Commission. Became navy's U.S.S. BRIAREUS (AS-12) 1943. Decommissioned Norfolk, Va., 1955.

HAWAIIAN PLANTER, 7896 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula 1945 as SEA PEGASUS. Matson bought 1946, rebuilt to 14,246 ton in 1967, renamed PACIFIC TRADER. Sold 1970.

HAWAIIAN PRINCESS, 3874 ton motor vessel, built Beaumont, Tex., 1966 for Matson. Still active in inter-island service 1980.

HAWAIIAN PROGRESS, identical history and specifications to HAWAIIAN ENTERPRISE. Renamed MANULANI 1978. Still active 1980.

HAWAIIAN QUEEN, 17,504 ton C-4 freighter, built Chester 1944 as MARINE DEVIL. Matson bought 1965, renamed MAUNALEI 1978. Still active 1980.

HAWAIIAN RANCHER, 8353 ton C-3 freighter, built San Francisco 1944 as SEA RAY. Matson bought 1947, sold to shipbreakers 1971.

HAWAIIAN REFINER, 7958 ton C-3 freighter, built San Francisco 1944 as SEA FIDDLER. Matson bought 1947, rebuilt to 8405 ton 1950, sold to dismantlers 1971.

HAWAIIAN RETAILER, 7940 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula 1944 as DARE. Matson bought 1947, sold 1964 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Out of documentation by 1970.

HAWAIIAN SHIPPER, 7500 ton fir., built Kearney, NJ., 1941 for Matson. Sold same year to U.S. Maritime Commission, Sailed briefly as British EMPIRE BUILDER, then returned to U.S. Became Pacific Transport Line's AMERICAN TRANSPORT 1948, States Line's WASHINGTON 1958 and MICHIGAN 1959, then Waterman SS Co.'s MORNING LIGHT 1969. Scrapped in Japan 1973.

HAWAIIAN TOURIST, 7606 ton freighter, built Portland, Ore., 1945 as MIDLAND VICTORY. Became BLACK EAGLE in 1948, SEACLIPPER 1951, ALASKAN 1952. Matson bought 1956, sold 1962. Renamed SMITH TOURIST, then U.S. TOURIST. Scrapped in China 1970.

HAWAIIAN TRADER, 7606 ton freighter, built Portland, Ore., 1945 as BILLINGS VICTORY. Became Pacific-Atlantic SS Co.'s WASHINGTON 1950. Matson bought 1955, sold 1961 to Rachel V SS Corp.. New York. Renamed RACHEL V, then KATHY, and again RACHEL V in 1964.

HAWAIIAN TRAVELER, 7606 ton freighter, built Portland, Ore., 1945 as ADRIAN VICTORY. Became PANAMAN 1951. Matson bought 1956, sold 1961. Renamed JOSEPH V, BATTLE CREEK 1966, and ST. JOAN 1968. Scrapped in Taiwan 1969.

HAWAIIAN, 14,113 ton C-4 freighter, also built 1946 at Vancouver and sold to American-Hawaiian, then to Ore Transports. Matson bought 1960, sold Oct. 1978 to Hawaiian Eileen Corp. Further history unclear.

HELENE, 927 ton, 4 mast wood schooner, built Port Blakely, Wash., 1900 for Puget Sound - Hawaii lumber trade. Matson bought 1925, converted to pineapple barge, sold same year to Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. Dismantled 1928.

HILONIAN, 2914 ton iron steamer, built Middlesbrough, England, as TRIUMPH 1880, later became Spanish GAGITANO. Abandoned on U.S. East Coast, Matson bought and rebuilt in 1905, sold in 1916 to Swedish Rederiaktied Nord Atlanten. Sunk by submarine off Irish coast 16 May 1917.

HONOMU, 6403 freighter, built Seattle 1919 as EDMORE. Later GRAYS HARBOR of Tacoma-Oriental Line. Matson bought 1937. Torpedoed en route Murmansk 15 July 1942. Captain made prisoner.

HYADES, 3753 steel steamer, built Sparrows Point, Md., 1900. Matson bought 1910, sold 1925 to Naknek Packing Co. Resold to Japanese 1935 as HYADES MARU. Scrapped at Osaka.

INTREPID, 123 ton tug, built Ballard, Wash., 1900 (ex-CHARLES COUNSELMAN). Matson bought from Shipowners & Merchants Association in early 1900s, sold 1919. Last owned by Bellingham Tug & Barge Co., scrapped c. 1965.

IRMGARD, 671 ton wood barkentine, built Port Blakely, Wash., 1889. Bought by Matson 1909, sold to Atkins Kroll Co. 1912. Refitted as 4 mast schooner 1915. Wrecked at Fiji 1920.

ISLANDER, 3403 barge (power never installed), built Beaumont, Tex. for Matson 1963. Still active 1980.
JOE SEVIER, 163 ton motor tug, built Terminal Island, Calif., for Matson 1965. Transferred to Matson Services Co. 1969.

KAHUKU, 6062 ton freighter, built Bay Point, Calif., 1919 as CUPRUM. Later SHELTON of Tacoma-Oriental Line. Matson bought 1937. Torpedoed in Caribbean 15 June 1942. Captain and several others lost.

KAILUA, 5342 ton freighter, built Los Angeles 1919 as WEST CAJOOT. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN BEAR. Matson bought 1936, sold 1942 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Became Russian VIBORG 1943. Listed by Lloyd's Register until 1969.

KAIMOKU, 6367 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as CRISFIELD. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN HORN. Matson bought 1937. Sunk by German wolf pack submarine en route Nova Scotia to England 8 Aug. 1942.

KAINALU, 6021 ton freighter, built Oakland 1920 as MURSA. LASSCO operated 1929 as M. S. SHERMAN. Matson took over 1931, sold 1940. Transferred to British flag as PACHESAM. Became Panamanian FENIX 1948, Japanese NISSHU MARU 1951. Scrapped in Japan 1961.

KALANI, 5506 ton freighter, built Seattle 1918 as WEST LAINGA. Los Angeles Steamship Co. bought 1929 and operated as HELEN WHITTIER. Matson acquired 1931, sold 1940 to British, renamed EMPIRE CHEETAH.

KAUAI, similar to MAUI (#2), launched Chester, Pa., 12 Nov. 1979. Joined Matson fleet 1980.

KOHALA, 5833 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as WEST HENSHAW. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN CROSS. Matson bought 1937, sold 1945 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Listed by Lloyd's Register as Russian PETER TCHAIKOVSKY until 1968.

KOPAA, 10,461 ton bulk sugar carrier, built Sausalito, Calif., 1944 as T-2 tanker, MISSION SAN JUAN. Matson bought 1970 and redesigned. Still active 1980.

LAHAINA, 5645 freighter, built, San Francisco 1920 as WEST CARMONA. Oceanic & Oriental operated as GOLDEN STATE from 1928. Matson acquired 1936. Torpedoed in Pacific 11 Dec. 1941.

LIHUE, 7001 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as WHEATLAND MONTANA. Later named SEATTLE of Tacoma-Oriental Line. Matson bought 1937. Torpedoed in Caribbean 22 Feb. 1942.

LILOA, 5523 ton freighter, built Seattle 1918 as WEST HOSOKIE. Operated by LASSCO 1929 as CONSTANCE CHANDLER. Matson took over 1931, sold 1945 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to Russia, renamed BELORUSSIA and listed by Lloyd's Register until 1969.

LURLINE (#1), 389 ton wood brigantine, built, by Turner for Spreckels at Benicia, Calif., 1887. Matson owned 1/4. Sold 1896 to Hawaiian Commercial Co. Disabled 1915 off Mexican coast, crew rescued by steamer. Drifting vessel last seen Sept. 1915 at 109 W. Conflicting stories about final fate.

LURLINE (#2), 6571 ton passenger steamer, built Newport News, Va., 1908 for Matson. Sold 1928 to Alaska Packers, renamed CHIRIKOF. Sold again to U.S. Maritime Commission, then to Yugoslavs in 1947, renamed RADNIK. Scrapped 1953.

LURLINE (#3), 18,564 passenger liner, built Quincy, Mass., 1931 for Oceanic line. Matson took over immediately, sold to Chandris Lines 1963. Renamed ELLINIS. Still listed by Lloyd's Register 1980.

LURLINE (#5). 25,350 ton (displacement) roll-on, roll-off freighter, built Chester, Pa., 1973. Leased to Matson. Still active 1980.

MAHIMAHI, 7460 freighter, built San Pedro, Calif., 1921 as WEST CHOPAKA. Oceanic & Oriental operated as GOLDEN DRAGON. Matson bought 1937, sold 1948 to Italian owners. Renamed MONGIBELLO, then POLIFEMO in 1949. Scrapped at Osaka 1959.

MAHUKONA, 2512 ton "laker" freighter, built Ecorse, Mich., 1919 as COVERUN. Matson bought same year, sold 1940 to Cie. Gen. Trans., France, but sale canceled Sept. 1940. Resold Dec. 1940 to Navebras SA., Rio de Janeiro. Foundered 600 miles off Jacksonville, Fla. 17 Mar. 1941.

MAKAWAO, 3253 ton freighter, built Newark 1921 as SUJERSEYCO. Matson bought 1928, sold 1941 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to Honduran registry. Scrapped 1946.

MAKAWELI, 2552 ton "laker' freighter, built Ashtabula, Ohio, 1919 as COWEE. Matson bought 1922, converted to oil and molasses tanker in 1930s, sold 1946 to Great Lakes Navigation Co. She was the only "laker" ever to return to Great Lakes after construction there. Scrapped Italy 1967.

MAKENA, 2642 ton "laker" freighter, built Ashtabula 1919. Matson bought 1922, sold 1940 to J. P. Goulandris. Renamed NADA under Panamanian registry 1947, became Finnish KALLE same year and Greek SARONIKOS in 1957. Scrapped in Greece 1960.

MAKIKI, 6096 ton freighter, built Bath, Maine, 1917 as RHODE ISLAND. Later named WOONSOCKET. Matson bought 1923, sold 1946 to Panama owners. Renamed RIO CHAGRES 1952. Scrapped in Japan 1954.

MAKUA, 3543 ton freighter, built Newark 1920 as SUHOLCO. Matson bought 1928, sold 1946 to Hung Ziang Shing, Shanghai. Renamed MEOHWA, then in 1947 TAI KONG.

MALAMA, 3275 ton freighter, built Newark 1920 as MILWAUKEE BRIDGE. Bought by Matson 1927, sunk by Japanese aircraft and deliberate scuttling 1 Jan. 1942 in South Pacific. Crew became prisoners of war.

MALIKO, 6847 ton freighter, built Sparrows Point, Md., 1918 as CAPE MAY. Matson bought 1926, sold 1947 to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong. Renamed SHAHIN with Panamanian registry, then BHARATEATNA of Bombay 1948. Scrapped in Japan 1953.

MANA, 3283 ton freighter, built Newark 1920 as MORAVIA BRIDGE. Matson bought 1926, sold Dec. 1941 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to Honduran registry. Owned by Walter W. Johnson, San Francisco, 1948.

MANINI, 3253 ton freighter, built Newark 1920 as SUSHERICO. Matson bought 1928. Torpedoed south of island of Hawaii 17 Dec. 1941.

MANOA, 6806 ton passenger steamer, built Newport News, Va., 1913 for Matson, sold 1942 to U.S. Maritime Commission. Delivered to Russians, renamed BALKASH. Lloyd's Register of Ships listed her through 1969.

MANUKAI, 7409 ton freighter, built Oakland, Calif., 1921 for Matson. Sold to Panama 1948, renamed SOROL. Later owned in Hong Kong as VINCENT. Broke down at sea 1952, scrapped in Japan.

MANULANI, 9556 ton freighter with ranks, built, by Moore, Oakland, Calif., 1922 for Matson, sold 1949 to Fratelli Rizzuto, Genova, Italy, renamed PROVIDENCIA under Panamanian flag. Became PREVIDANCE 1963. Scrapped at Split. Yugoslavia, 1967.

MAPELE, 3545 ton freighter, built Newark 1920 as PITTSBURGH BRIDGE. Matson bought 1927, first named MALA, renamed MAPELE 1936. Ran aground at Cape Devine, Shumagin Islands, Alaska, 14 Jan. 1943. Two men lost in surf.

MARION CHILCOTT, 1737 ton iron ship, built, Port Glasgow, Scotland, 1882 as KILBRANNAN. Aground at Point Wilson, Wash., 1896, repaired as MARION CHILCOIT. Bought by Matson 1900, converted to oil ranker, sold to Associated Oil 1910. Sailed as Trinidad molasses carrier c. 1923, used there as barge until 1940s.

MATSONIA (#1), 9402 ton passenger steamer, built Newport News 1913 for Matson, sold 1937 to Alaska Packers, renamed ETOLIN. Became World War II troopship, scrapped 1957 at Baltimore.

MATSONIA (#2), 17,232 ton passenger liner, built Philadelphia 1927. Matson bought on ways, first named MALOLO. Sold Dec. 1948 to Home Lines. Renamed ATLANTIC 1949, VASILISSA FREIDERIKA (Queen Frederica) 1955. Scrapped 1977.

MATSONIA (#4), identical to LURLINE (#5), same history. Still active in 1980.

MAUI (#1), 9801 ton passenger steamer, built Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 1917 for Matson; sold 1941 to U.S. Maritime Commission, scrapped 1949.

MAUI (#2), 38,800 (displacement) containership, built Bath, Maine for Matson 1977. Still active 1980.

MAUNA ALA, 6805 ton freighter, built Bath, Maine, 1918 as CANIBAS. Matson bought 1923. Wrecked on Columbia River Bar 10 Dec. 1941, no lives lost.

MAUNA KEA, 6064 ton freighter, built Bay Point, Calif., 1919 as DIABLO. Oceanic & Oriental line acquired 1929, renamed GOLDEN RIVER. Transferred to Matson 1934, sold 1946 to Cia Cenrauro de Vapores SA., Panama, renamed CENTAURO. Scrapped in Italy 1955.

MAUNA LOA, 5435 ton freighter, built San Pedro 1919 as WEST CONOB. Oceanic & Oriental line acquired 1928, operated as GOLDEN EAGLE. Transferred to Matson 1934. Sunk by Japanese bomber at Darwin, Australia 19 Feb. 1942.

MAUNALEI, 7159 ton freighter, built Chester, Pa., 1921 as MOUNT CLINTON. Matson bought 1925, sold 1948 to Piaggio & Rovano, Italy. Renamed SANTA MARIA, then CAPOMANARA, of Genoa. Scrapped in Japan 1953.

MAUNAWILI (#1), 7409 ton freighter, built Chester, Pa., 1921 as MOUNT CARROLL. Matson bought c. 1925, sold 1946. Became Uruguayan SOCRATES, British SOUTHERN ALBATROSS, still later PORTARIATISA. Scrapped in Japan 1958.

MOHICAN, 852 ton wood bark, built Chelsea, Mass., 1875. Matson obtained from Planters Line 1909, converted to barge to take two 57-ton guns to Pearl Harbor. Used as molasses barge 1913, sold to state of California 1919 to store vegetable oil, later was oil barge at San Pedro and San Diego. Burned out at National City, remains removed 1940.

MOKIHANA, 7460 ton freighter, built San Pedro 1921 as WEST PROSPECT. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN SUN. Matson bought 1937, sold 1948. Renamed Panamanian FRIXOS. Scrapped in Japan 1954.

MONTEREY, 1854 ton, 4 mast iron ship, built Southampton, England, 1878 as CYPROMENE. Damaged in storm at Salina Cruz, Mexico, 1903. Matson bought 1904, sold to National Oil Transport as barge 1905. Refitted as 5 mast barkentine 1919, scrapped at Los Angeles 1934.

OLOPANA, 6069 ton freighter, built Vancouver, Wash., 1920 as BEARPORT. Oceanic & Oriental operated as GOLDEN MOUNTAIN. Matson bought 1937. Attacked by German planes and torpedoed in Barents Sea near Novaya Zemlya, en route to Murmansk 5 July 1942.

ONOMEA, 5510 ton freighter, built Seattle 1917 as WEST HAVEN. LASSCO operated as MARIAN OTIS CHANDLER. Matson took over 1931, sold 1940 to British Maritime Ship & Trading Co. Torpedoed in North Atlantic 1 Nov. 1942.

R. P. RITHET, 1080 ton steel bark, built Port Glasgow 1892 for C. Brewer & Co. Matson bought 1908, installed auxiliary diesel engines c. 1916. Burned and sank in North Pacific 24 July 1917.

RODERICK DHU, 1534 ton iron ship, built Sunderland, England, 1874. Matson bought 1896 and installed first electric plant in a sailing vessel in 1900. Sold in 1906 to Associated Oil as tanker. Wrecked off Monterey, Calif., 1909.

ROSECRANS, 2618 ton steamer, built Port Glasgow, Scotland, 1883 as METHVEN CASTLE, then COLUMBIA. Used as military transport 1898. Matson bought in 1902, converted to tanker, sold to Associated Oil 1906. Wrecked off Peacock Spit, Washington (mouth of Columbia River), 7 Jan. 1913, with 33 men lost.

S. G. WILDER, 604 ton wood barkentine, built Port Blakely, Wash., 1887. Matson bought 1909, sold 1911 to J. P. Baetje. Dismasted and sinking off St. Johns River, Fla., 2 July 1922; Matson's leased liner HAWKEYE STATE towed her into river. Repaired as barge, foundered 1933 off Virginia coast while under tow.

SANFORD B. DOLE, 89 ton tug, built Mermentau, La., 1967 for Matson. Transferred to Matson Services Co. 1969.

SANTIAGO, 979 steel bark, built Belfast, Ireland, 1885 as nitrate carrier for Chile trade. Matson bought 1894, sold to Associated Oil Co. 1906. Converted to oil barge and used by U.S. Navy in Alaskan waters during World War II.
scrapped at San Francisco 1927.

ST. KATHERINE, 1264 ton wood bark, built Bath, Maine, 1890. Matson bought from Planters Line 1908, sold 1910 to Red Salmon Canning Co. Sailed until 1924.

SUMATRA, 1060 ton wood bark, built Chelsea, Mass., 1856. Bought by Matson 1894, sold to Wilder SS Co. and broken up at Honolulu Nov. 1895.

TIMBERMAN, 2059 ton "laker" freighter, built Manitowoc 1918 as CORSICANA. Matson bought 1935, sold 1936 to Schafer Bros. SS Lines. Renamed MARGARET SCHAFER, sold to Panama 1955, renamed GREAT OAKS, then PEGGY, then BORNEO. Scrapped at Hong Kong 1962.

TRANSCHAMPLAIN, 7674 ton freighter, built Sausalito 1944 as U.S.S. MASCONA (AO-83). Renamed SEATRAIN OREGON 1966. Matson leased 1974, returned to C.I.T. Corporation 1979.

TRANSONEIDA, 7666 ton freighter, built Sausalito 1944 as U.S.S. COHOCTON (AO-101). Leased by Matson 1974, returned to CIT Corporation 1979.

TRANSONTARIO, 7435 ton freighter, built Sausalito 1944 as MISSION SOLEDAD (T-2 tanker). Renamed SEATRAIN CALIFORNIA 1966. Leased by Matson 1974, returned to Greyhound Leasing Corporation 1979.

W. H. MARSTON, 1164 ton, 5 mast wood schooner, built San Francisco 1901. Matson bought 1908. Suffered accident at sea, abandoned, then towed to port. Sold to Charles Nelson 1912, was owned in Portland, Ore., in 1913, and in Mobile, Ala., in 1920. Lost 2 Dec. 1927, in Gulf of Mexico.

WAIMEA, 5670 ton freighter, built San Pedro 1919 as WEST SEQUANA. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN CLOUD. Matson bought 1937, converted to first bulk carrier in Pacific, sold 1946, when ship received Panamanian registry. Renamed MARMAR 1950, CARMAR 1952, TRIANA 1954, and Lebanese MADELEINE 1955. Scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia 1958.

WAIPIO, 5548 ton freighter, built Seattle 1919 as WEST EL CAJON. Oceanic & Oriental operated 1928 as GOLDEN KAURI. Matson bought 1937, sold 1946. Renamed Panamanian PARALOS II. Scrapped in Japan 1954.

WILHELMINA, 5974 ton passenger steamer, built Newport News, Va., 1909 for Matson, sold 1940 to Lochinever, Ltd. (British Ministry of Shipping). Torpedoed 2 Dec. 1940, no lives lost.

YALE, 3818 ton passenger liner, built Chester, Pa., 1906 for New York - Boston route. Chartered 1910 for Los Angeles - San Francisco service. Operated to Alaska 1916, taken by U.S. Navy for English Channel military ferry 1917. LASSCO bought 1920, transferred to Matson 1931. Sold 1941 for construction company floating barracks, returned to navy next year for Alaska troop carrier. Scrapped 1949.

Oceanic Navigation Company Ships

1869 to 1970

ALAMEDA (#1), 3000 ton iron ship, built Philadelphia 1883 for Oceanic. Sold to Alaska Steamship Co., 1910. Burned at Seattle pier 28 Nov. 1931.

ALAMEDA (#2), 8218 ton C-3 freighter, built Wilmington, N.C., 1944 as U.S.S. SHOSHONE (AKA-65). Bought by Oceanic 1947, traded to Matson 1961, renamed HAWAIIAN TRADER. Sold to Sea-Land Service, Inc., same year, renamed SHORT HILLS, COLORADO 1964, and U.S. MATE 1966. Scrapped in Taiwan 1971.

ANNA, 239 ton wood schooner, built San Francisco 1881 for Oceanic, sold to Pacific Marine Supply Co., San Francisco 1898. Lost on Sanak Island, Alaska, 3 Mar. 1901.

AUSTRALIA, 2737 ton iron steamer, built Govan, Scotland, 1875, chartered to Oceanic 1886, received American registry 1890. Chartered to Russian Imperial Government, captured by Japanese cruiser SUMA 15 Aug. 1905. Scrapped in Japan 1912.

CLAUS SPRECKELS, 247 ton wood brigantine, built San Francisco 1879 as 2 mast schooner. Rig changed 1884. Lost on Duxbury Reef, north of Bolinas Bay, Calif., 21 Jan. 1888.

CONSUELO, 293 ton wood brigantine, built San Francisco 1880 for Oceanic, sold to Charles Nelson 1900, to Mexican owners 1902. Listed until 1922 as owned in Topolobampo, Mexico.

EMMA AUGUSTA, 284 ton wood barkentine, built San Francisco 1867. Lost in Gulf of California. 24 Sept. 1889.

JOHN D. SPRECKELS, 300 ton wood brigantine, built San Francisco 1880, rerigged as 3 mast schooner for Bering Sea cod fishery. Lost in collision with British SS STATESMAN 29 Mar. 1913.

MARIPOSA (#1), 3000 c iron ship, built Philadelphia 1883 for Oceanic, sold to Alaska Steamship Co. 1912. Sank after hitting Straits Island Reef, British Columbia, 18 Nov. 1917.

MARIPOSA (#2), 18,017 ton passenger liner, built Quincy, Mass., 1931 for Oceanic, sold 1953. Operated as Home Lines HOMERIC until galley fire c. 1969. Scrapped in Taiwan.

MARIPOSA (#3), 9217 ton freighter, built Quincy, Mass., 1952 as PINE TREE MARINER. Matson bought for Oceanic 1956, rebuilt as 14,812 ton passenger liner, sold 1970 to Pacific Far East Lines. Laid up 1978. Sold to Edward J. Daly, 1979. Sold to American World Line, 1980.

MONTEREY (#2) (see Matson schooner, built 1887), sister ship to MARIPOSA, also built Quincy 1931 for Oceanic. Renamed MATSONIA (#3) in 1957, then LURLINE (#4) in 1963. Sold 1970, became Greek BRITANIS, operated as Caribbean cruise ship. Still listed by Lloyd's Register 1979-1980.

MONTEREY (#3), 9217 ton freighter, built Sparrows Point, Md., 1952 as FREE STATE MARINER. Matson bought for Oceanic 1955, rebuilt as 14,799 ton passenger liner. Sold 1970 to Pacific Far East Lines, laid up in 1978. Sold to Edward J. Daley, then (1979) to Royal Hawaiian Cruise Lines.

ROSARIO, 148 ton, 2 mast wood schooner, built San Francisco c. 1879, bought by Spreckels Brothers 1882, transferred to Oceanic with value of $10,666, sold 1887. Crunched in ice at Point Barrow, Alaska, on whaling voyage 2 July 1898.

SELINA, 349 ton wood brigantine, built San Francisco 1883. Operated by Oceanic, then chartered by Matson 1886-1887, piled ashore Paukaa, Hawaii, 11 Feb. 1887, no lives lost.

SIERRA (#1), 6076 ton passenger liner, built Philadelphia 1900 for Oceanic. Sold 1920, operated by Polish-American Navigation Co. as GDANSK. Repurchased by Oceanic 1924, renamed SIERRA, sold to Japanese scrappers 1934.

SIERRA (#2), 8178 ton C-2 freighter, built Wilmington, N.C., 1944 as U.S.S. STOKES (AKA-68). Oceanic bought 1947, traded to Matson 1961, renamed HAWAIIAN BANKER. Sold 1961 to Sea-Land, renamed FANWOOD 1964, A &J, DOCTOR MAX, then FANWOOD again. Scrapped in Taiwan 1971.

SIERRA (#3), 7920 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula, Miss., 1945 as SEA CENTAUR. Bought by Matson 1947, operated as HAWAIIAN BANKER, traded to Oceanic 1961. Sold 1970, renamed VANTAGE ENDEAVOR. Scrapped in Taiwan 1973.

SONOMA (#1), 6279 ton passenger liner, built Philadelphia 1900 for Oceanic. Sailed 34 years, scrapped 1934.
SUEZ, 2166 ton steamer, built Low Walker, England, 1876. Chartered by Oceanic 1882-1883 from Nelson, Donkin & Co., London. Went on to Hong Kong and Atlantic. Later Turkish HODEIDAH. Lasted until about 1910.

SONOMA (#2), 8258 ton C-2 freighter, built Wilmington, NC. 1944 as WHITE SQUALL. Oceanic bought 1947, traded to Matson 1961. Renamed HAWAIIAN PILOT, sold 1962. Became SMITH PILOT, then U.S. PILOT. Scrapped in Taiwan 1970.

SONOMA (#3), 8445 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula, Miss., 1944 as U.S.S. BURLEIGH (APA-95). Matson bought 1947, transferred to Oceanic 1961. Sold 1970 to Pacific Far East Lines. Resold 1972, renamed MONA. Scrapped in Taiwan 1973.

VENTURA (#1), 6282 ton passenger liner, built Philadelphia 1900 for Oceanic. Scrapped 1934.

VENTURA (#2), 8175 ton C-2 freighter, built Wilmington, N.C. 1944 as U.S.S. TODD (AKA-71). Oceanic bought 1947, traded to Matson c. 1961. Renamed HAWAIIAN WHOLESALER, sold 1961. Renamed CHATHAM, scrapped in Taiwan 1972.

VENTURA (#3), 8413 ton C-3 freighter, built Pascagoula, Miss., 1945 as U.S.S. HANOVER (AKA-116). Oceanic bought 1947, traded to Matson c. 1965. Matson sold 1970. Renamed ENTU 1972. Scrapped in Taiwan same year.

W. H. DIMOND, 390 ton wood barkentine, built San Francisco 1881 for Oceanic, sold 1904 to Alaska Codfish Co. Wrecked on Bird Island, Alaska, 10 Feb. 1914.

WILLIAM G. IRWIN, 348 ton wood brigantine, built San Francisco 1881 for Oceanic, sold 1901 to Tacoma & Roche Harbor Lime Co. Rerigged as 3 mast schooner 1917, in copra trade. Burned for movie at Catalina Island, Calif., May 1926.

ZEALANDIA, 2737 c steamer, built Govan, Scotland, 1875, chartered by Oceanic 1886, became military transport under American registry 1898, returned to island service after war until 1902. Sold to Charles L. Dimon 1906, to U.S. Mercantile Corporation 1916. Lost on Mersey Bar, Liverpool, 2 Apr. 1917.

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