Sister act. (Letters).
I have been a subscriber of your enjoyable and informative Cruise Travel for sometime. In the "Cruising's Classic Past" article in the February 2002 issue, you show Chandris line's Britanis. In 1969 I took my very first cruise on Chandris's Ellinas. Was the Britanis ever known as the Ellinas? She sure looks like the same ship.
In all your past articles on the old classic liners, I've never seen any mention of Chandris line's Ellinas. I cruised on her twice, and I still correspond with one of her entertainment staff in England.
Donald LaBombard, Bradenton, FL
San Francisco-based Matson Navigation built three 18,017-grt/704-passenger sister ships for Pacific service at the Bethlehem shipyards in Quincy, MA: Mariposa (1932), Monterey (1932), and Lurline (1933). The Mariposa became Home Lines' Homeric in 1954, and was eventually laid up in 1973. The Monterey became the Matsonia in 1956, the Lurline in 1963, and finally the Britanis when sold to Chandris in 1970. The Lurline (of 1933) was sold to Chandris in 1963 and renamed Ellinis. She was removed from service in 1980.