Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Romance on the Open Sea

Queens of the oceans, steamship liners held passengers in excited anticipation as the cross-Pacific trip conveyed them from the Port of Los Angeles to Alohaland, a favorite destination in the 1920s and 1930s. The history of the Los Angeles Steamship Company is told in this book:
From Hollywood to Honolulu The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox. Published by The Steamship Historical Society of America, 2009.

A Charlie Chan movie, The Black Camel, was staged on Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach after the crew and stars were transported there on the City of Los Angeles, a LASSCO (Los Angeles Steamship Company) liner featured in the book From Hollywood to Honolulu by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox.

In Ghareeb’s and Cox’s investigation into the now long-ago but famous era of the steamship liners, there are descriptions of 15 feature films produced between 1922 and 1933 with LASSCO ships as playhouse or transportation. Films of exotic places had a most significant contribution to the romance of travel and greatly increased its popularity.

Two LASSCO ships were built in Germany and became American property after being seized in the Great War, The City of Los Angeles and The City of Honolulu. Other ships of the line included refurbished World War I cargo ships and the night boats known as Harvard and Yale, plying West Coast ports from San Diego to San Francisco.

Read directly from parts of the book in a series online at MaritimeMatters.com