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SS Monterey
Name SS Monterey
Owner Oceanic Steamship Company
Builder Fore River SHipyard, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.
Launched 10 Oct 1931
Completed April 1932
In service 3 Jun 1932
Out of service 21 Oct 2000
Fate sunk 21 Oct 2000
General characteristics
Type Passenger Liner
Tonnage 18,017
Length 632 ft (193m)
Beam 79 ft (24m)
Propulsion 2 steam turbines
Speed 22.8 knots
Capacity 3,300 plus troops (701 passengers in civil use) Crew of 360.


Built for the Matson Lines, "White Fleet". Because of her speed, she could sail independent of Naval escort after she was chartered by the US Government in 1941. Usual employment was on the San Francisco to Melbourne via Honolulu, Pago Pago, Suva and Auckland. Post WW2 she was purchased from the US Government on 3 Feb 1956 and rechristened SS Matsonia. Her later names were Lurline from 30 Nov 1963, Britanis from 30 Jun 1970, and Belofin from 1998.

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