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Los Angeles Steamship Co. / LASSCO Poster

The Los Angeles Steamship Co. (LASSCo) was incorporated in 1920 and the same year bought out the Los Angeles Pacific Navigation Co. The first Los Angeles - San Francisco passenger voyage was made in May 1921 and the first Los Angeles - Hawaii voyage by the City of Honolulu in September 1922. Unfortunately the City of Honolulu caught fire on the return passage and sank. In Oct.1930 LASSCo and Matson Navigation Co. merged but each company retained its own identity. However, by 1932 LASSCo's ships were old and obselete and most of the Hawaii service was transferred to the newer Matson liners. Cargo and Pacific cruise services continued until Dec.1934 when the last LASSCo ships were transferred to the ownership of Matson Navigation Co.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

  • Routes:
    • Los Angeles - Hawaii
    • San Francisco - Los Angeles - San Diego

Funnel:
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Fleet:

Funnel
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Avalon 1891 built as Virginia for Goodrich Transit Co., 1918 requisitioned by US Navy renamed USS Blue Ridge, 1919 sold to Wilmington Transportation Co. renamed Avalon, 1927 chartered by LASSCO, 1928 returned to owners, 1951 laid up, 1960 converted to floating crane, 1964 sank off Point Vincente. 1,606
Buford 1890 built as Mississippi for Atlantic Transport Line, 1898 sold to U.S. Army renamed Buford, 1923 sold to Alaska-Siberian Nav. Co., 1924 chartered by LASSCO, 1925 returned to owners, 1929 scrapped. 3,732
Calawaii 1893 built as Mobile for Atlantic Transport Line, 1898 sold to U.S.Army renamed Sherman, 1922 sold to LASSCO renamed Calawaii, 1933 scrapped. 7,271
City of Honolulu (1) 1896 built as Friedrich der Grosse for North German Lloyd, 1914 interned at New York, 1917 renamed Huron for U.S. Navy, 1919 transferred to Munson SS Co., 1922 transferred to LASSCO renamed City of Honolulu, 1922 caught fire near Los Angeles and sank. 10,531
City of Honolulu (2) 1899 built as Kiautschou for Hamburg America Line, 1904 sold to North German Lloyd renamed Princess Alice, 1917 seized by U.S.Navy renamed Princess Matoika, 1921 to United States Lines renamed President Arthur, 1924 to American Palestine Line, 1926 sold to LASSCO renamed City of Honolulu, 1930 caught fire at Honolulu and laid up, 1933 scrapped. 10,911
City of Kahuli   see Diamond Head.  
City of Los Angeles 1900 built as Grosser Kurfurst for North German Lloyd, 1914 interned at New York, 1917 renamed Aeolus for U.S.Navy, 1919 transferred to Munson SS Co., 1922 sold to LASSCO renamed City of Los Angeles, 1935 renamed Show Boat as floating hotel at San Diego, 1936 renamed City of Los Angeles, laid up, 1937 scrapped. 13,182
Constance Chandler 1918 built as West Hosokie for U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 sold to LASSCO renamed Constance Chandler, 1934 transferred to Matson Line renamed Liloa, 1945 transferred to USSR renamed Belorussia, 1968 scrapped. 5,561
Coquina 1919 1931 purchased from Pillsbury & Curtis, San Francisco, 1935 transferred to Matson Line, 1940 sold to Oliver J. Olson, San Francisco renamed Cynthia Olson, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26. 2,140
Corrales 1918 1931 purchased from Pillsbury & Curtis, San Francisco, 1935 transferred to Matson Line, 1940 sold to Oliver J. Olson, San Francisco renamed Barbara Olson, 1956 sold Peru renamed Rio Pastaza, 1964 scrapped. 2,146
Diamond Head 1919 ex- West Erral, 1927 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board renamed City of Kahuli, 1927 renamed Diamond Head, 1934 transferred to Matson Line, 1946 sold to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong renamed Sharokh. 6,033
Fort Wayne 1918 1928 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board, 1934 scrapped. 6,231
General M. H. Sherman 1920 ex- Mursa, 1928 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board renamed General M. H. Sherman, 1934 transferred to Matson Line renamed Kainalu, 1940 sold to W. Runciman, London renamed Pachesham, 1948 sold Panama renamed Fenix, 1951 sold to Nippon Kaiun KK, Kobe renamed Nisshu Maru, 1961 scrapped. 6,085
Harvard 1907 built as Harvard for Metropolitan SS Co., NY, 1918 requisitioned by U.S.Navy renamed USS Charles, 1920 purchased by LASSCO renamed Harvard, 1931 wrecked at Point Arguello, Cal. 3,818
Heber 1920 1928 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 scrapped. 6,041
Helen Whittier 1918 ex- West Lianga, 1929 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board renamed Helen Whittier, 1934 transferred to Matson Line renamed Kalani, 1940 transferred to MOWT, London renamed Empire Cheetah, 1942 sold to Netherlands renamed Hobbema, torpedoed and sunk. 6,222
Iroquois 1927 1931 chartered from Mallory Line, 1932 returned to Clyde-Mallory Line. 6,209
Lurline 1932 1933 transferred to Matson Line, 1963 sold to Chandris Line renamed Ellinis, 1987 scrapped. 18,163
Malolo 1926 1927 purchased from American-Hawaiian SS Co. by Matson-LASSCO, 1937 r/n Matsonia, 1948 sold to Home Lines r/n Atlantic. 17,232
Marian Otis Chandler 1917 ex- West Haven, 1929 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board r/n Marian Otis Chandler, 1934 transferred to Matson Line r/n Onomea, 1940 to MOWT, London r/n Empire Leopard, 1942 torpedoed and sunk. 5,699
Mariposa 1931 built for Matson-LASSCO, 1950 transferred to Matson Nav. Co., 1954 sold to Home Lines r/n Homeric, 1974 scrapped. 18,152
Monterey 1931 built for Matson-LASSCO, 1956 transferred to Matson Nav. Co., 1957 r/n Matsonia,1963 r/n Lurline (2), 1970 sold to Chandris Line r/n Britanis, 2000 sank off Capetown on voyage to scrappers. 18,163
President Harrison 1921 ex- Wolverine State, 1922 transferred from Pacific Mail SS Co. r/n President Harrison, 1923 transferred to Pacific-Argentine-Brazil Line, then to Dollar Line. 10,533
Timberman 1918 1931 purchased from Pillsbury & Curtis, San Francisco, 1935 transferred to Matson Line, 1937 sold to Schafer Bros, San Francisco r/n Margaret Schafer. 2,146
Vinita 1920 1921 returned to U.S. Shipping Board, 1926 sold Christenson SS Co. r/n Eleanor Christenson, 1938 sold Waterman SS Co. r/n Desoto, 1938 r/n Pan-Atlantic, 1942 bombed and sunk in Russian convoy. 5,661
West Cajoot 1919 1921 returned to U.S. Shipping Board, 1928 sold Oceanic & Oriental Nav. Co. r/n Golden Bear, 1936 sold to Matson Line r/n Kailua, 1944 sold USSR r/n Viborg, 1948 scrapped. 5,899
West Hika 1920 1921 returned to U.S. Shipping Board, 1926 sold Waterman SS Co., 1936 wrecked Seaham, UK. 5,940
West Hixton 1920 1921 returned to U.S. Shipping Board, 1928 sold States SS Co. r/n California, 1942 torpedoed and sunk. 5,490
West Montop 1919 1921 returned to U.S. Shipping Board, 1930 sold Pacific-Atlantic SS Co. r/n San Rafael, 1948 sold China r/n Ting-Hsing. 5,940
Wiamea 1884 ex- City of Topeka, 1921 purchased from Admiral SS Co. by Inter-Island SS Co. of Honolulu r/n Wiamea, 1923 sold to LASSCO, 1933 scrapped. 1,057
Wilhelmina 1909 1931 transferred from Matson Line, 1932 laid up, 1940 transferred to MOWT as troop transport and torpedoed and sunk. 6,974
Yale 1907 1920 purchased from U.S.Navy, 1935 transferred to Matson Line, 1936 laid up, 1941 sold as accommodation ship at Sitka, Alaska. 3,818

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