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SS Catalina sails again… for the last time…
SS Avalon and SS Catalina in Avalon, Catalina. 1939

SS Catalina sails again… for the last time…

  • A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS.
  • These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2.
  • The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s.
  • They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at the bottom of the Pacific off the coast of Southern California.


  • The SS CATALINA, after a valiant attempt to rescue it, was taken to Mexico where she is rotting in Ensenada Harbor.
  • There was a big deal about making the SS CATALINA a National Historical Monument. But like most “historical” endeavors in California it got lost in financial problems and endless legal action.
  • Cheers to the memory of these ships and the great people who tried to save the SS CATALINA.

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