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Jan 06, 2011, 01:14 AM
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In this picture, your Dauntless model really shows how good a dark blue hull can look on some boats. It gives your model an elegant look, and is a nice change from the usually seen white hull of most yachts. Good job there.
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Jan 06, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Thanks Bill! Here are some recent pictures.

-Rich.
Last edited by RICH404; Jan 06, 2011 at 11:24 AM.
Jun 17, 2011, 01:12 PM
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The Malolo-Matsonia is a different ship from the last three of the series. It never served with Matson after WW2. It was built at a different shipyard, and is shorter (582') than the other three. The other three were built by Bethlehem. Of the three the Lurline was the only ship to keep its name for its entire service; until 1963. The Mariposa never served after WW2, and the Monterey was renamed Matsonia, and then Lurline, when the original Lurline "White Ship" was sold. So post war, only two of the two stack ships sailed under Matson colors.
There were also enough changes that the ships are different. The post-war Lurline went from 631' to 632'. The Monterey-Matsonia went from 631' to 638' You can tell post-war from pre-war, quickly by looking at the blue strip. The post-war has a zig-zag in it.
Jun 17, 2011, 04:34 PM
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Hi Lotus,

I see that you are knowledgeable of these ships. The ship that I own was the Monterey-Matsonia. It is in the 1956 Matsonia configuration.

I found a book online that I will eventually order called "White Ships". That book seems to also have a pretty good history about those ships.

What is it that interests you about these ships?

-Rich.
Jun 17, 2011, 05:21 PM
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May 14, 2012, 12:01 PM
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-Rich.
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Sep 22, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Hello. I found this thread because I was looking for info on the Matsonia that my mother (77) worked on when she was younger. She says she worked it back in '63-'64. From the info that I've seen on the referenced material, I can't quite figure out which "Matsonia" she was. Can one of you tell me which "Matsonia" she was and her history?

Thanks,
Mark
Sep 22, 2012, 12:39 AM
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Given the time frame, she sailed on SS Lurline which was the former SS Matsonia, ex Monetery that worked Matson's Hawaii service from 1957-63 before she was renamed Lurline to replace the orginal ship taken out of service. Matson sold Lurlin/Matsonia/Monterey to Chandris when they ended their passenger service in 1970.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Monterey

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/ChandrisBritanis.html
Sep 24, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Well, I talked to her again today, and now she says she worked the Matsonia in 1956....
Sep 25, 2012, 09:37 AM
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Google & Wiki can be your friend.

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SS Matsonia may refer to one of these ships operated by the Matson Navigation Company:

SS Matsonia (1913), served as USS Matsonia (ID-1589) during World War I; sold to the Alaska Packers Association and renamed Etolin; served as United States Army troopship USAT Etolin during World War II; placed in reserve fleet in 1946, scrapped in 1957.

SS Matsonia (1926), originally named Malolo, was renamed Matsonia in 1937; served as troopship during World War II; later sold to Home Lines and operated as Atlantic and, later, Queen Frederica; damaged by fire in 1978, she was scrapped three years later

SS Matsonia (1932), originally named the Monterey, then renamed in 1957, before being sold and becoming the Lurline and then the Britanis for Chandris Lines, operating as a cruise ship for the until 2000, when she was sold for scrap and sank on her way to Indian ship breakers.
Sep 25, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Well, I talked to her again today, and now she says she worked the Matsonia in 1956....
Hi Gettinout,

The 1956 Matsonia is the ship that I own. My model was masterfully built in 1956 by someone that had ties to the ship. Take a look on page 1. I'm sure if you show your mom pictures she would recognize it.

I may be willing to sell the model to someone that takes interest in & has the ability to restore it. I have the skills but not the time to work on it these days.

-Rich.
Last edited by RICH404; Sep 25, 2012 at 05:57 PM.
Mar 04, 2013, 11:26 AM
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Hi captains,

There comes a time when it is time to thin the herd. I had the privilege of acquiring this great ship with hopes to restore her. Three years has gone by and I didnít get to do much with her so it is time to pass her on to a new owner. My hope is that the new owner gives her the attention that she deserves. And hopefully, she remains documented on RCGroups for fellow Ocean Liner lovers to enjoy through the lens of her new owner.

Here are pictures taken of Matsonia taken a few days ago:

-Rich.
Mar 04, 2013, 12:26 PM
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Shipping a ship..This box is 91" long!!

-Rich.
Mar 04, 2013, 01:19 PM
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That is a BIG box!


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