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Matson Line 1882-1980

Matson Line was formed in 1882 by Captain William Matson to operate the Hawaiian trade. In 1926 the Oceanic Steamship Co. was purchased and became a Matson subsidiary. The company thus extended it's sphere to Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Far East.

Abbreviation: LASSCO Los Angeles S.S. 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.

 

 
Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amy Turner 1877 wood barque, 1906 purchased, 1910 sold to Woodside. Reduced to barge 991
Andrew Welch 1888 iron bark, built Port Glasgow 1908 purchased from C. Brewer & Co, 1915 sold to G. W. McNear. 885
Annie Johnson 1872 barque, ex- Ada Iredale. 1895 purchased by Matson. 1912 rerigged as schooner, 1916 auxiliary engines installed. 1926 sold to L. Ozanne, Papeete. 1,409
Antiope 1866 iron full-rigged ship (later bark), 1899 purchased by Matson in name of F. Whitney, Liverpool (this may have been only a charter). Sold to Capt. P. J. R. Marhieson. 1,496
Californian 1946 ex- Mount Greylock. 1951 purchased by American-Hawaiian SS Co. renamed Californian. Lengthened 1960 purchased by Matson, 1981 sold to Atlantic Marine Agencies renamed California. 13,636
City of Los Angeles 1899 ex- Grosser Kurfurst (ex North German Lloyd). 1917 Seized by U.S.A, renamed Aeolus. 1921 bought by LASSCO, renamed City of Los Angeles. 1931 operated by Los Angeles S S Co. and Matson, 1934 transferred to Matson. 1937 scrapped Japan. 12,642
Commodore 1920 4 mast wood schooner, ex- Blaatind. 1935 purchased by Matson for use as barge. Refitted 1941, took lumber cargo to South Africa. 1943 Renamed Commodore II. 1947 Scrapped at Capetown. 1,526
Coquina 1918 1935 purchased by Matson, 1940 sold to Oliver J. Olson line, renamed Cynthia Olson. 2,140
Corrales 1918 1935 purchased by Matson, 1940 sold to Olson line, renamed Barbara Olson. 2,146
Daisy Kimball 1892 wood schooner, steam powered, 1894 purchased by Matson, sailed to Hilo, sold immediately to Wilder SS Co. for local service, renamed Kilahani. 275
Diamond Head 1918 ex- West Erral. 1931 bought by LASSCO, renamed Diamond Head, 1937 transferred to Matson, 1946 sold to Wallem, Hong Kong, renamed Shahrokh. 5,603
Eleu 1883 wood tug, ex- Alert, 1908 sold by Matson to Shipowners & Merchants Assoc. 71
Emma Claudina 1881 3 mast wood schooner, C. A. Spreckels.1882 quarter share purchased by Matson from C. A. Spreckels. 1886 sold to George Chandler. 196
Enterprise 1882 ex- Ehrenfels (ex Hansa Line), later renamed St. Georg. 1901 purchased by Matson renamed Enterprise, 1937 sold to General Steamship Co. Scrapped Japan. 2,675
Ewa 1919 ex- Eldridg, later Tacoma, of Tacoma-Oriental Line. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Ewa, 1942 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. transferred to USSR renamed Nogin. 7,003
Falls of Clyde 1878 4 mast iron ship, later barque, 1898 purchased by Matson. 1906 Sold to Associated Oil, 1922 Cut down to oil barge at Ketchikan, Alaska. 1960s Restored as museum ship at Honolulu. 1,807
Fort George 1884 4 mast iron ship.1907 purchased by Matson from Planters Line.1908 went missing in South Atlantic. 1,756
George Curtis 1884 wood ship, later rerigged as barque.1908 purchased by Matson, 1910 sold to North Alaska Salmon Co. 1,838
Gerard C. Tobey 1878 wood barque. 1907 purchased by Matson, 1910 sold to J. M. Woodside, reduced to barge. 1,459
Hamakua 1919 ex- City of Spokane. 1928 renamed Olympia, 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Hamakua, 1945 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission, transferred to USSR, renamed Kuibyshev. 6,403
Harvester 1871 wood barque, 1891 purchased by Matson, 1897 sold to Alaska Improvement Co. 754
Hawaiian 1946 1960 purchased by Matson from Ore Transports, 1978 sold to Hawaiian Eileen Corp. 14,113
Hawaiian Banker (1) 1945 ex- Sea Centaur, 1947 purchased from US Maritime Commission renamed Hawaiian Banker, 1961 renamed Sierra (3), 1970 sold renamed Vantage Endeavor. 7,920
Hawaiian Banker (2) 1944 ex- Sierra (2), 1961 transferred from Oceanic renamed Hawaiian Banker, 1961 sold to Sea-Land Services renamed Fanwood. 8,178
Hawaiian Builder 1945 ex- Sea Blenny. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Builder, 1970 sold to U.S. Department of Commerce. 7,898
Hawaiian Citizen 1945 ex- Sea Wren. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Citizen, 1970 rebuilt to 12,589 tons. 1982 scrapped. 7,958
Hawaiian Craftsman 1945 ex- Marguerite le Hand. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Craftsman, 1970 renamed Pacific Banker, rebuilt to 14,161 tons. 1972 Sold to Atlantic Far East Lines, Inc. (Liberian). 7,885
Hawaiian Educator 1945 ex- Sea Hare. 1946 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Educator, 1964 sold renamed Green Ridge. 7,886
Hawaiian Enterprise 1970 containership, 1978 renamed Manukai. 1980 Still active. 23,800
Hawaiian Farmer 1944 ex- Sea Sturgeon. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Farmer, 1971 scrapped. 7,914
Hawaiian Fisherman 1945 ex- Sea Falcon. 1946 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Fisherman, 1961 rebuilt as auto carrier, renamed Hawaiian Motorist. 1973 Sold to Valor SS Co., converted to bulk carrier. 7,886
Hawaiian Forester 1944 ex- George F. Waldo. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Forester, 1955 sold to Weyerhaeuser Co., Tacoma, Wash. Renamed C. R. Musser. 7,240
Hawaiian Isles 1882 4 mast steel barque. 1907 purchased by Matson, 1910 sold to Alaska Packers. Renamed Star of Greenland. 2,097
Hawaiian Legislator 1946 ex- Willis Victory. 1951 renamed Nevadan, 1957 renamed Coast Progress, 1963 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Legislator, 1979 sold, 1980 scrapped. 11,178
Hawaiian Logger 1944 ex- Ales Hrdlicka. 1946 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Logger, 1960 sold, renamed Cape Cod. 7,176
Hawaiian Lumberman 1944 ex- Laura Drake Gill. 1946 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Lumberman, 1960 sold, renamed Cape Henry. 7,246
Hawaiian Merchant (1) 1941 1943 Sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Commissioned as navy's U.S.S. Euryale (AS-22). 7,500
Hawaiian Merchant (2) 1945 ex- Sea Skimmer. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Merchant, 1951 rebuilt to 8300 tons, 1971 scrapped. 7,887
Hawaiian Monarch 1944 ex- Marine Dragon. 1965 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Monarch, 1978 renamed Maunawili (2). 1982 laid up, 1986 scrapped. 17,807
Hawaiian Packer (1) 1941 1941 Sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Commissioned as U.S.S. Delta (AK-29). 7,200
Hawaiian Packer (2) 1944 ex- Sea Scamp. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Packer, 1964 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Renamed Pecos 1966. 8,348
Hawaiian Pilot 1944 ex- Sonoma (2), 1961 transferred from Oceanic renamed Hawaiian Pilot, 1962 sold renamed Smith Pilot. 8,258
Hawaiian Planter (1) 1941 1941 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. 1943 became U.S.S. Briareus (AS-12) 7,200
Hawaiian Planter (2) 1945 ex- Sea Pegasus. 1946 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Planter, 1967 rebuilt to 14,246 tons renamed Pacific Trader. 1970 sold. 7,896
Hawaiian Princess 1966 1980 Still active in inter-island service. 3,874
Hawaiian Progress 1970 container ship. 1978 Renamed Manulani. 1980 Still active. 23,800
Hawaiian Queen 1944 ex- Marine Devil. 1965 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Queen, 1978 renamed Maunalei. 1980 Still active. 17,504
Hawaiian Rancher 1944 ex- Sea Ray. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Rancher, 1971 scrapped. 8,353
Hawaiian Refiner 1944 ex- Sea Fiddler. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Refiner, 1950 rebuilt to 8405 tons, 1971 scrapped. 7,958
Hawaiian Retailer 1944 ex- Dare. 1947 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Retailer, 1964 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. 7,940
Hawaiian Shipper 1941 1941 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. 7,500
Hawaiian Tourist 1945 ex- Midland Victory. 1948 renamed Black Eagle, 1951 renamed Seaclipper, 1952 renamed Alaskan, 1956 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Tourist, 1962 sold renamed renamed Smith Tourist. 7,606
Hawaiian Trader (1) 1945 ex- Billings Victory. 1950 Became Pacific-Atlantic SS Co.'s Washington. 1955 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Trader, 1961 sold to Rachel V SS Corp. New York, renamed Rachel V. 7,606
Hawaiian Trader (2) 1944 ex- Alameda, 1961 transferred from Oceanic renamed Hawaiian Trader,, 1961 sold to Sea-Land Service renamed Short Hills. 8,218
Hawaiian Traveler 1945 ex- Adrian Victory. 1951 renamed Panaman. 1956 purchased by Matson renamed Hawaiian Traveler, 1961 sold renamed Joseph V. 7,606
Hawaiian Wholesaler 1944 ex- Ventura (2), 1961 transferred from Oceanic renamed Hawaiian Wholesaler, 1961 sold renamed Chatham. 8,175
Helene 1900 4 mast wood schooner, built Port Blakely, Wash., 1925 purchased by Matson, converted to pineapple barge, sold same year to Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. 927
Hilonian 1880 ex- Spanish Gagitano. Abandoned on U.S. East Coast, 1905 purchased by Matson, renamed Hilonian and rebuilt, 1916 sold to Swedish Rederiaktied Nord Atlanten. 2,914
Honomu 1919 ex- Edmore. 1928 renamed Grays Harbor, 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Honomu. 1942 Torpedoed and sunk en route Murmansk. 6,403
Hyades 1900 1910 purchased by Matson, 1925 sold to Naknek Packing Co. 3,753
Intrepid 1900 tug, ex- Charles Counselman. 190? purchased by Matson from Shipowners & Merchants Association, renamed Intrepid, 1919 sold. 123
Irmgard 1889 wood barquentine, 1909 purchased by Matson, 1912 sold to Atkins Kroll Co. 671
Islander 1963 barge. 1980 still active. 3,403
Joe Sevier 1965 tug, 1969 transferred to Matson Services Co. 163
Kahuku 1919 ex-Cuprum. 1928 renamed Shelton, 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Kahuku. 1942 Torpedoed and sunk in Caribbean. 6,062
Kailua 1919 ex- West Cajoot, 1928 renamed Golden Bear. 1936 purchased by Matson renamed Kailua, 1942 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1943 transferred to USSR, renamed Viborg. 5,342
Kaimoku 1919 ex- Crisfield, 1928 renamed Golden Horn. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Kaimoku, 1942 torpedoed and sunk on passage Nova Scotia to England. 6,367
Kainalu 1920 ex- Mursa.1929 renamed M. S. Sherman. 1931 purchased by Matson renamed Kainalu. 1940 sold and.transferred to British flag as Pachesam. 6,021
Kalani 1918 ex- West Lainga, 1929 renamed Helen Whittier. 1931 purchased by Matson renamed Kalani, 1940 sold and transferred to British flag, renamed Empire Cheetah. 5,506
Kauai 1980 containership. 38,800
Kohala 1919 ex- West Henshaw, 1928 renamed Golden Cross. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Kohala, 1945 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission, transferred to USSR as Peter Tchaikovsky. 5,833
Kopaa 1944 ex- Mission San Juan (tanker). 1970 purchased by Matson renamed Kopaa, rebuilt as bulk sugar carrier.1982 sold to California & Hawaiian Sugar Co. 10,461
Lahaina 1920 ex- West Carmona, 1928 renamed Golden State, 1936 purchased by Matson renamed Lahaina. 1941 Torpedoed and sunk in Pacific. 5,645
Lihue 1919 ex- Wheatland Montana. 1928 renamed Seattle. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Lihue. 1942 Torpedoed and sunk in Caribbean. 7,001
Liloa 1918 ex- West Hosokie, 1929 renamed Constance Chandler. 1931 purchased by Matson renamed Liloa, 1945 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to USSR, renamed Belorussia. 5,523
Lurline (1) 1887 wood brigantine, Matson owned one quarter share. 1896 sold to Hawaiian Commercial Co. 389
Lurline (2) 1908 1928 sold to Alaska Packers, renamed Chirikof. 6,571
Lurline (3) 1931 1963 sold to Chandris Lines, renamed Ellinis. 18,564
Lurline (4)   see Oceanic SS Co. Monterey (2)  
Lurline (5) 1973 roll-on, roll-off freighter, leased to Matson. 1980 still active. 25,350
Mahimahi 1921 ex- West Chopaka, 1928 renamed Golden Dragon, 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Mahimahi, 1948 sold to Italian owners, renamed Mongibello. 7,460
Mahukona 1919 ex- Coverun. 1919 purchased by Matson renamed Mahukona, 1940 sold to Navebras SA., Rio de Janeiro, renamed Santa Clara. 2,512
Makawao 1921 freighter, ex- Sujerseyco. 1928 purchased by Matson renamed Makawao, 1941 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to Honduran registry. 3,253
Makaweli 1919 ex- Cowee, 1922 purchased by Matson renamed Makaweli, 1930s converted to oil and molasses tanker, 1946 sold to Great Lakes Navigation Co. 2,552
Makena 1919 1922 purchased by Matson, 1940 sold to J. P. Goulandris. Renamed Nada under Panamanian registry. 2,642
Makiki 1917 ex-Rhode Island. 1918 renamed Woonsocket. 1923 purchased by Matson renamed Makiki, 1946 sold to Panama owners. 1952 renamed Rio Chagres. 6,096
Makua 1920 ex- Suholco. 1928 purchased by Matson renamed Makua, 1946 sold to Hung Ziang Shing, Shanghai. Renamed Meohwa. 3,543
Mala   see Mapele .
Malama 1920 ex- Milwaukee Bridge. 1927 purchased by Matson renamed Malama. 1942 sunk by Japanese aircraft and deliberate scuttling in South Pacific. 3,275
Maliko 1918 ex- Cape May. 1926 purchased by Matson renamed Maliko, 1947 sold to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong. Renamed Shahin 6,847
Mana 1920 ex- Moravia Bridge. 1926 purchased by Matson renamed Mana, 1941 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission. Transferred to Honduran registry. 3,283
Manini 1920 ex- Susherico. 1928 purchased by Matson renamed Manini, 1941 Torpedoed and sunk south of Hawaii. 3,253
Manoa 1913 1942 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission, transferred to USSR renamed Balkash. 6,806
Manukai 1921 1948 sold to Panama renamed Sorol. 7,409
Manulani 1922 1949 sold to Fratelli Rizzuto, Genova, Italy, renamed Providencia under Panamanian flag. 9,556
Mapele 1920 ex- Pittsburgh Bridge. 1927 purchased by Matson renamed Mala, 1936 renamed Mapele. 1943 Ran aground at Cape Devine, Shumagin Islands, Alaska. 3,545
Marion Chilcott 1882 iron ship, ex-Kilbrannan. 1896 aground at Point Wilson, Wash., refloated and repaired as Marion Chilcott. 1900 purchased by Matson, converted to oil tanker, 1910 sold to Associated Oil. 1,737
Matsonia (1) 1913 1937 sold to Alaska Packers, renamed Etolin. Became World War II troopship, 1957 scrapped. 9,402
Matsonia (2) 1927 Matson bought on ways, first named Malolo. 1948 sold to Home Lines, 1949 renamed Atlantic, 1955 renamed Vasilissa Freiderika. 1977 scrapped. 17,232
Matsonia (3)   see Oceanic SS Co. Monterey (2)  
Matsonia (4) 1973 roll-on, roll-off freighter, leased to Matson. 1980 still active. 25,350
Maui (1) 1917 1941 sold to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1949 scrapped. 9,801
Maui (2) 1977 containership, 1980 still active. 38,800
Mauna Ala 1918 ex- Canibas. 1923 purchased by Matson renamed Mauna Ala, 1941 Wrecked on Columbia River Bar. 6,805
Mauna Kea 1919 ex- Diablo. 1929 renamed Golden River. 1934 Transferred to Matson renamed Mauna Kea,1946 sold to Cia Cenrauro de Vapores SA., Panama, renamed Centauro. 6,064
Mauna Loa 1919 ex- West Conob. 1928 renamed Golden Eagle. 1934 Transferred to Matson renamed Mauna Loa, 1942 Sunk by Japanese bomber at Darwin, Australia. 5,435
Maunalei (1) 1921 ex- Mount Clinton, United American Lines. 1925 purchased by Matson renamed Maunalei, 1948 sold to Piaggio & Rovano, Italy. Renamed Santa Maria. 7,159
Maunalei (2)   see Hawaiian Queen.  
Maunawili (1) 1921 ex- Mount Carroll, United American Lines. 1925 purchased by Matson renamed Maunawili, 1946 sold to Uruguaya renamed Socrates. 7,409
Maunawili (2)   see Hawaiian Monarch.  
Mohican 1875 wood barque, 1909 purchased by Matson from Planters Line, converted to barge to take two 57-ton guns to Pearl Harbor. 1913 used as molasses barge, 1919 sold to state of California to store vegetable oil. 852
Mokihana 1921 ex- West Prospect. 1928 renamed Golden Sun. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Mokihana, 1948 sold to Panama renamed Frixos. 7,460
Monterey 1878 4 mast iron ship, ex-Cypromene. 1903 damaged in storm at Salina Cruz, Mexico, 1904 purchased by Matson, 1905 sold to National Oil Transport as barge. 1919 Refitted as 5 mast barquentine, 1934 scrapped at Los Angeles. 1,854
Olopana 1920 ex- Bearport, 1928 renamed Golden Mountain. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Olopana. 1942 Torpedoed by German aircraft in Barents Sea near Novaya Zemlya, en route to Murmansk. 6,069
Onomea 1917 ex- West Haven. 1929 renamed Marian Otis Chandler. 1935 transferred to Matson, 1938 renamed Onomea, 1940 sold to British Ministry of War Transport renamed Empire Leopard. 5,510
R. P. Rithet 1892 steel barque, 1908 purchased by Matson from C. Brewer & Co., 1916 installed auxiliary diesel engines, 1917 burned and sank in North Pacific. 1,080
Roderick Dhu 1874 iron ship, 1896 purchased by Matson, 1900 installed first electric plant in a sailing vessel, 1906 Sold to Associated Oil as tanker. 1909 Wrecked off Monterey, Calif. 1,534
Rosecrans 1883 ex- Methven Castle, then Columbia, Castle Line. 1902 purchased by Matson renamed Rosecrans, converted to tanker, 1906 sold to Associated Oil Co. 2,681
S. G. Wilder 1887 wood barquentine, 1909 purchased by Matson, 1911 sold to J. P. Baetje. 604
Sanford B. Dole 1967 tug, 1969 Transferred to Matson Services Co. 89
Santiago 1885 steel barque, 1894 purchased by Matson, 1906 sold to Associated Oil Co., later converted to barge. 979
Sierra   see Hawaiian Banker (1)  
Sonoma   see Oceanic SS Co. Sonoma (3)  
St. Katherine 1890 wood barque. 1908 purchased by Matson from Planters Line, 1910 sold to Red Salmon Canning Co. 1,264
Sumatra 1856 wood bark, 1894 purchased by Matson, 1895 sold to Wilder SS Co. and broken up at Honolulu. 1,060
Timberman 1918 ex- Corsicana. 1935 purchased by Matson renamed Timberman, 1936 sold to Schafer Bros. SS Lines. Renamed Margaret Schafer. 2,059
Transchamplain 1944 ex- U.S.S. Mascona (AO-83). 1966 renamed Seatrain Oregon 1974. chartered to Matson renamed Transchamplain, 1979 returned to C.I.T. Corporation. 7,674
Transoneida 1944 ex- U.S.S. Cohocton (AO-101). 1974 chartered to Matson as Transoneida, 1979 returned to CIT Corporation. 7,666
Transontario 1944 ex- Mission Soledad (tanker). 1966 Renamed Seatrain California. 1974 chartered by Matson as Transontario, 1979 returned to Greyhound Leasing Corporation. 7,435
Ventura   see Oceanic SS Co. Ventura (3)  
W. H. Marston 1901 5 mast wood schooner. 1908 purchased by Matson. Suffered accident at sea, abandoned, then towed to port. 1912 Sold to Charles Nelson. 1,164
Waimea 1919 ex- West Sequana. 1928 renamed Golden Cloud. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Waimea,1946 sold to Panama renamed Marmar. 5,670
Waipio 1919 ex- West Elcajon. 1928 renamed Golden Kauri. 1937 purchased by Matson renamed Waipio, 1946 sold to Panama, renamed Paralos II. 5,548
Wilhelmina 1909 1940 sold to Lochinever, Ltd. (British Ministry of Shipping). 1940 torpedoed and sunk. 5,974
Yale 1906 passenger ship, 1931 transferred to Matson. 1941 Sold for construction company floating barracks, returned to navy next year for Alaska troop carrier. Scrapped 1949. 3,818

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