City Of Honolulu, 1922 (steamer)
The Los Angeles Steamship Company (LASSCO) established regular service between Los Angeles and Hawaii in the fall of 1922 with vessels bought from the Shipping Board. The City of Los Angeles, a former German liner, inaugurated the service on 11 September and was followed by the City of Honolulu (the former German liner Friedrich der Grosse) on 23 September. The City of Honolulu reached Hawaii safely, but on 12 October during the return voyage and 600 miles from the coast of California, a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning. The flames spread rapidly, and at 6:00 A.M- the captain sent an SOS; although the fire appeared to be under control, the vessel began to list heavily to the port side and the captain decided to abandon ship. While the orchestra played, the efficient crew lowered the boats with all the passengers, and by 10:00 A.M. the last of the crew had safely departed the City of Honolulu. Fortunately the sea was calm and smooth, no lives were lost, and by mid-afternoon the first rescue shi
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