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Monterey. did this ship have a previous life ? was that deck added?

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Yes, she started life as Free State Mariner. Built in 1952, she became Monterey in 1956 for Matson Navigation Company trading I think under Ocean Steamship Company. She and her sister Mariposa ex Pine Tree Mariner plied round voyages from Los Angeles to Australia and New Zealand via Honolulu. I once had lunch on her when I live in Auckland, and was often in Honolulu with her or Mariposa when working on Canberra from 1971 to 1973 and Arcadia from 1973 to 1975. She was a very luxurious ship in those days. Her current owners are Mediterranean Shipping Cruises. I have no idea when the aft deck was added, but she did not have this deck to my knowledge when with Matson. She has kept her name with her new company which is unusual. This company, MSC is the second largest container company I believe but has increased its cruising force over the years. They bought the Achille Lauro in 1987 adding Monterey two years later along with Enrico Costa renaming her Symphony. Monterey is currently the only survivor of the early days. MSC now has a modern fleet the latest MSC Orchestra , 89,600gt out next year I believe. They also have Rhapsody, ex Cunard Conquest and Cunard Princess. David
 

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I think Monterey and Mariposa ceased regular visits to Sydney during 1970 and Woolloomooloo Passenger Terminal never looked the same without them nor was the Rockers pub just across the road, even Harry De Wheels missed out on a bit of trade for his Pie Floaters.
Monterey 3 certainly didn't have that horrible looking addition on the back end
and she didn't have the similar looking addition on the front end as shown in the posted photo, but a little picture dated 1960's in a book I have suggests that Mariposa 2 did have the similar addition on the front end and weighed in at a mere 13 tons more.
I think Monterey 3 and Mariposa 2 were sister ships and were in service at the same time.
Cheers,
Ted
 

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Ted and David,
Maritimematters site has a huge amount of info on both ships as well as some updates on her coming demise!
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David D.
 

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Thanks David will have a look there, will be a good test of memory which is a bit suspect these days.
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Ted
 

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Thanks David. Don't know when they stopped going to Australia and New Zealand, but they were often in Honolulu when on Canberra which would have been either 1971 or 1972, and I am sure we were in with them at same port when on Arcadia between 1973 and 75. However, keeping suff like I do helps sometimes because I have newspaper clippings of the NZ Herald giving the times of all passenger ships in 1970. Monterey was in Auckland on July 25th 1970 sailing same day for Sydney. Mariposa was in Auckland on 14th May 1970 sailing same day for Sydney. I kept everything. It will take my family ages to throw all this stuff out when I snuff it?!. David
 

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Matson sold the 'Mariposa' and 'Monterey' to Pacific Far East Lines in 1971 and the two sisters remained on the route until they were laid up in 1978.
They were built for, and flew the flag of, the Oceanic Shipping Co., a company that Matson had acquired in the mid 1920s.

A nice picture of the 'Mariposa', the identical sister of the 'Monterey', in PFEL colors:
http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/pfel74i.htm

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Thanks Bruce. That explains why I still saw them while on Arcadia up until 1975, and the Oceanic Shipping Co that I mentioned in my first post. Pacific Far East Lines certainly rings a bell. In fact, I think they changed to this line before I left Auckland in June 1971.
 

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Had a look at the Maritime Matters site suggested by David, it does suggest there that Pacific Far East Lines who took over both ships in 1970 placed both on a Summer program of Alaskan Cruising and on a Winter program of Hawaii and Far East voyages.
My own information suggests the same and that voyages to Oz remained uneconomical.
Oz being situated in Southern Oceania and not Far East .
I do not think they came to Oz after Matson sold out.
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David and Ted,
In Arnold Kludas' book "Great Passenger Ships of the World "Today...1992/
Patrick Stephens Ltd..ISBN 185260 3828
It seemsthat after she was sold to PFEL in 1971 for 'Cruising', she never returned to Oz, but was on a service to the Hawiian Islands only.
In 1978 she was laid up in SFO and then went through a successionn of "owners" whose schemes to get her back into service were each more grandiose than the previous one.!!
To quote Kludas..."1986 sold to Aloha Pacific......Hull and superstructure refitted in Tacoma Wa.1987....then in Dec 87....towed to Abo for refitting of pax accom."
1988...to Baltimore for fitting of stabilizers.
1988...September "formal re-entry into service.'Pacific Cruising'".
1989...Feburary..OWNERS FILED FOR BANKRUPTANCY!!!!! (Bloody Hell After all that effort and expense!!)
Laid up and repoed by the bank until sold to what became Lauro Cruises/MSC Cruises in 1990.
What is quite strange is that MSC got 16 years out of her, just one year more than Matson!!.
By the way, Kludas refers to those additions as the "Aircraft Carrier Stern".
Hope this is of interest.
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David D.
 

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Thanks David. That certainly explains why I saw her in Honolulu so often when working for P&O. I have no idea when she stopped going to Australia and New Zealand, but she was certainly there in 1970 and as Ted says, it looks as if this was her and her sister ships final year on that route. It would be interesting to go aboard her now because she was pure luxury when having lunch aboard her in Auckland. David
 

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