Hundreds of Hawaiians lined Honolulu's Waikiki Beach one day last week to say goodbye to the famed old liner Mat-sonia. As the ship passed, on her last voyage to the mainland, a few sentimental spectators wept. One of Hawaii's most popular links with the mainland, she was headed for San Francisco and the auction block. In her place this week was a younger (1932) Matson ship, the 18,163-ton Lurline, making her first commercial postwar trip to the Islands.

The 22-knot Lurline, also a troopship during the war, had been stripped and rebuilt from the hull up. Manhattan's Raymond Loewy Associates...

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