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Hawaiian Merchant under way

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Hawaiian Merchant under way
Matson Navigation Company

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Making the Exhibition
Container Back Story — Matson Navigation and the Hawaiian Merchant

RELATED OBJECTS
Ship Hawaiian Progress


Hawaiian Merchant under way
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This photo shows Matson Navigation Company's Hawaiian Merchant loaded with 20 new aluminum containers bound for Hawaii on the inaugural voyage of "lift-on, lift-off" container service in the Pacific.
Physical Description
Photograph.
Details
Date Made:
1945
Dates Used:
1958 - 1971
Locations:
California, Hawaii
History
Built in 1945 as the Sea Skimmer by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the ship was sold to the Matson Navigation Company in 1947 and renamed Hawaiian Merchant. In 1958 it was altered to carry shipping containers as well as bulk cargo and, on August 31, the Hawaiian Merchant sailed out of the Golden Gate with the first containerized cargo in the Pacific. The ship was sold and scrapped in 1971.

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