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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Home Lines Popular Homeric -- Ex Mariposa

Another of my favorite ships is Home Lines' Homeric.

The Homeric was originally built as Matson Steam Navigation's Mariposa. Measuring 18,017 gross ton ship,and a length of 632 feet and a width of 79.5 feet.

The Mariposa was built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts. Her maiden voyage was on July 18, 1931. She was popular on the West Coast - Hawaii -Australian route.

In 1953, the Mariposa was sold to Home Lines and renamed Homeric.

The Homeric was completely refitted in Italy which increased her capacity to 147 first class and 1,096 tourist class passengers.

The Homeric initially started her career on the transatlantic service from Southampton to either Montreal or New York, but she quickly settled into Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from New York. The ship developed a tremendous following with many passengers spending back to back weeks on board and with the Homeric achieving incredible occupancy levels.

In July 1973 the Homeric suffered a modest fire in her kitchen and smoke damage to the public areas. She was taken to Italy for evaluation. Because of the age of the ship, she was deemed beyond economic repair and sold to Taiwan scrappers.

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  1. I sailed on the Homeric when I was age 7, in 1962. We sailed from Montreal to Southampton with a stop in Le Havre. We had some professional photos taken on board, still have them! Had lots of fun with great vanilla milk shakes made with Italian ice cream :-)

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