In "Killer at Sea" (Season 6), McGarrett, Danno, and Duke pursued crooked business manager Vincent Gordon (Keene Curtis) and crooked entertainer Frank Fallon (William DeVane) aboard a steamship bound for San Francisco - the SS Monterey. The photograph above shows the Monterey in its Pacific Far East Lines livery.
The SS Monterey began life in 1952, as a C-4 mariner. It was built for the US Maritime Commission (the Merchant Marine) by Bethlehem Steel of Quincy, Massachusetts. the new ship was christened the Free State Mariner and went to work serving the military during the last years of the Korean War. You can see a picture of the Free State Mariner at this link: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=888123)
In 1955, the Free State Mariner was sold to Matson Lines, headquartered in Honolulu, and renamed the SS Monterey in homage to a ship of the same name, which Matson had owned and operated before World War II. The new Monterey's bare bones military configuration was replaced with all the luxurious accommodations required of a passenger ship. Soon, she set sail on Matson's long-established San Francisco - Los Angeles - Honolulu - South Pacific - Australia route. This link will take you to a photograph of the Monterey in its Matson Lines livery: http://www.ssmaritime.com/matson-mariposa-monterey-2.htm.
In 1970, Matson sold the Monterey to the Pacific Far East Line (named more than once in "Killer At Sea"). Pacific Far East used it until 1978, when it was laid up for undisclosed reasons.
In 1988, after being laid up for ten years, the SS Monterey was acquired by Aloha Pacific Cruises, which rebuilt it into a full-time cruise ship. You can see a picture of the SS Monterey in its cruise-ship configuration at this link: http://www.cruiseshipodyssey.com/Classic%20Photographs.htm. Passenger shipping was a dying trade in those days, and within a year, Aloha Pacific was bankrupt.
Two years later, the Monterey was chartered and then purchased by Star Lauro (later, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises), which used it successfully in the Mediterranean until 2006. This link will take you to a picture of the Monterey in its MSC livery: http://www.ssmaritime.com/matson-msc-monterey.htm. As you scroll down the page, you will see the Monterey transformed from its Matson / Pacific Far East appearance and to its Aloha Pacific appearance. Notice that, here, the "M" on the funnel (smoke stack) stands for "Monterey" and not "Matson," as it did in its earlier livery.
In 2006, serious boiler problems caused the Monterey to be withdrawn from service, sold for scrap, and sent to Dubai under the name SS Monte. It was beached at Alang in November of that year. A picture at this link will show you how the Monterey appeared partially disassembled: http://www.midshipcentury.com/monterey.shtml (scroll down). Also on this page, you will find a list of items from the Monterey that are for sale along with contact information for acquiring them.
Photograph provided by and used courtesy of the webmaster, http://www.ssmaritime.com/matson-mariposa-monterey-2.htm
SS President Roosevelt
Thanks to MofH50 member Peter, we now know the identity of the ship on which Danno tailed Victor Rollins in "Full Fathom Five" (Season 1). It is the SS President Roosevelt, which was sailed by the American President Lines. I couldn't find much information about the American President Lines and the SS President Roosevelt, but I did learn a little bit.
Primarily, American President Lines (now known as APL) and its predecessor companies shipped cargo and were innovators in container shipping (intermodal). During World War II, their ships, all named for US presidents, went to the government for use as Liberty and Victory ships. After the war, APL sued the government for the return of its ships and restarted its global passenger service. By the 1970s, air travel had caused passenger shipping to decline. In 1973, the SS President Wilson made its last around-the-world voyage and was sold.
The SS President Roosevelt began life in 1944 as the Navy transport ship, USS General W. P. Richardson (AP-118 ). After serving the Navy in World War II and the Korean War, it served the Merchant Marines and, for a time, the Hawaiian Steamship Company for whom she sailed as the SS Leilani. Hard times forced her into receivership in 1959, and in 1960, APL acquired her and renamed her the SS President Roosevelt. She served APL until 1970, then went on to other owners, until she was scrapped in 2005, after serving for more than 60 years.MofH50 member Peter wrote, "The aerial footage (from the episode) is most certainly either PRESIDENT WILSON or sistership PRESIDENT CLEVELAND. But the on board footage, including a long scene on the enclosed promenade deck is aboard PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT as are scenes the pier and the gangway etc. These ships, on the West Coast-Japan Far East service of APL, were regular callers at Honolulu."
There really is a Cape Corwin. We saw her in countless episodes, including "Heads, You're Dead" (Season 8), when she pursued the hijacked yacht, Sea Sage, on its route to Hong Kong.
The 95-foot patrol boat was laid at the United States Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, Maryland, and entered service in 1958. She is a C-class boat, meaning she was equipped to serve in search-and-rescue (SAR) and law enforcement (LE) operations. That she did out of Honolulu from 1958 until 1982, when she went in for a major renovation. In 1983, she was sent to Maui, where she served in SAR and LE operations.
The Cape Corwin enjoyed an admirable career, rescuing crews from floundering ships at sea and carrying out medical evacuations in addition to her usual patrol assignments. She was awarded unit commendations after recovering a hijacked yacht in 1971 and engaging in extensive LE and SAR patrol operations in 1984 and 1985. In 1989, she helped recover debris lost from United Airlines Flight 811 when a cargo door failure resulted in a rapid decompression of the cabin with a loss of nine lives.
The Cape Corwin left US Coast Guard service in April 1990 and entered service with Micronesia in September of that year. Still in active service, she now is known as the Constitution.
Photograph provided by and used courtesy of the US Coast Guard.
Known as the "John Haskell" in "Follow the White Brick Road" (Season 4), the USS Whipple was a Knox-class destroyer (DE 1062) before being redesignated a fast frigate. It was built by Todd-Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington, and was laid down on April 24, 1967, launched on April 12, 1968, and commissioned on August 22, 1970.
Based at Pearl Harbor, the Whipple conducted weapons trials and sea trials in addition to her local duties. She investigated an unidentified submarine off the Barking Sands Missile Test Range, Kaua`i. In 1972, she participated in the multi-national SEATO exercise "Seahawk," including simulated convoy escort operations.
She served as Positive Identification and Radar Advisory Zone ship in the Gulf of Tonkin, performed plane-guard duties for the aircraft carrier USS Hancock, and provided gunfire support for the South Vietnamese Army's Third Division. For her service in Vietnam, she received two battle stars.
After the Vietnam War ended, she served in the Philippines and Okinawa before returning to Hawai`i for a major overhaul and refresher training. Then, she returned to the Western Pacific, where she operated in various operations over a number of years.
The USS Whipple was decommissioned on February 14, 1992. On April 10, 2002, she was transferred to Mexico, where she became known as the ARM Mina.
Many thanks to SG, who helped to identify this ship. Many thanks to ShipSpotting,com, which shares its photos.
The photograph is a screen capture.
Many thanks to SG, who helped to identify this ship.
Ships Seen in the Background in "Follow the White Brick Road"
* USS Rathburne (FF 1057). The USS Rathburne was a Knox-class frigate. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington, she was laid down on January 8, 1968, launched on May 2, 1969, and commissioned on May 16, 1970. The USS Rathburne was decommissioned on February 14, 1992, and sunk as a target during a fleet training exercise on July 5, 2002.
* USS Charles Berry (DE 1035). The USS Charles Berry was the third of four Claud Jones-class destroyers. Named after Marine Corporal Charles Berry, a hero in the Battle of Iwo Jima, she was built by the Avondale Marine Ways of Avondale, Louisiana. She was laid down on October 29, 1958, launched on March 17, 1959, and commissioned on November 25, 1959. She was decommissioned on January 13, 1974.
In "Murder - Eyes Only" (Season 8), McGarrett reported for reserve duty aboard the USS Knox before he was called back to Pearl to discover who was responsible for the death of a Naval Intelligence Agency commander.
The USS Knox was the prototype and leader of the Knox-class of destroyers, even though she later was classified a frigate. Built by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington, she was laid down on October 5, 1965, launched on November 19, 1966, and commissioned on April 12, 1969. She performed search and rescue operations and provided evacuation, blockade, and surveillance support for the Pacific Fleet, and participated in the evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was decommissioned on February 14, 1992, and sunk as a target on August 7, 2007.
Many thanks to SG, who isolated and helped to identify this ship.
Additional Photo of the USS Knox provided by and used courtesy of the USS Knox Reunion Association:
When McGarrett received a call to meet with the admiral, who assigned him to the murder investigation in "Murder - Eyes Only" (Season 8), he was transferred by highline to the USS Cochrane.
The USS Cochrane was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer. Built by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company in Seattle, Washington, she was laid down on July 31, 1961, launched on July 18, 1962, and commissioned on March 21, 1964. She participated in the evacuation of Saigon and rescued more than 100 Vietnamese refugees at a point east of Saigon. She was decommissioned on October 1, 1990, and sold for scrap on November 14, 2000.
Many thanks to SG, who isolated and helped to identify this ship.
Other Ships Seen in "Murder - Eyes Only"
* USS Berkeley (DDG 15). The USS Berkeley was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer. Built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, she was laid down on June 1, 1960, launched on July 29, 1961, and commissioned on December 15, 1962. She was designed to provide long-range anti-aircraft cover for ocean-going task forces and served in Asia. She was decommissioned on May 1, 1991, and sold to Greece on October 1, 1992.
The USS Ouellet (FF 1077) and the USS Whipple (FF 1062) moored on Midway Island. (Photograph taken by and used courtesy of a crew member of the USS Ouellet.)
* USS Ouellet (FF 1077). The USS Ouellet was a Knox-class frigate. Built by the Avondale Shipyard in Westwego, Louisiana, she was laid down on January 15, 1969, launched on January 17, 1970, and commissioned on December 12, 1970. Based at Pearl, she served in the western Pacific ocean. She served as the flagship for the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet at the US Navy's 200th birthday ceremonies. In the 1980s, she served in the Middle East before returning to the Pacific. From the 1980s and into the 1990s, she served in policing operations under a Coast Guard flag. She was decommissioned on August 6, 1993, and transferred to Thailand to serve as the Phuttaloetla Naphalai.
* USS Whipple (FF 1062). See earlier listing.
The USS Antrim (FFG-20) was seen in the opening scene of "Deep Cover" (Season 10). In 1977, when the episode aired, the Antrim was brand-new. It is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate named for an American commodore.