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A Visit To Hawaii On A Tramp Steamer

Dad always wanted to tracvel so finally in 1953 he went to Hawaii on a "tramp steamer" and really enjoyed himself. He was gone about two and a half weeks but had fun. His pictures were pretty bad and most were lost in an airplane crash that took our Mom's house in 1989. But we do have memories.

Hawaiian Pilot

Definition: A tramp steamer, or tramp for short, is any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call. As opposed to freight liners, tramp ships trade on the spot market with no fixed schedule or itinerary/ports-of-call(s). Steamers are infrequently seen today, as steam power has largely been replaced by diesel engines, which can be operated more economically. Because of this, the term tramp freighter is sometimes used. The term is derived from an old meaning of "tramp" as itinerant beggar or vagrant, and is first documented in the 1880s, along with "ocean tramp" (at the time many sailing vessels engaged in irregular trade as well).

The construction of the so-called C-3 cargo vessels began during World War II, after the famous "Liberty" and "Victory" ships. This standardized type of ship overtook all other ships as it was more modern and longer and could also reach a higher speed. After the Second World War these ships were converted into ordinary freighters and sold to various shipping companies. The Hawaiian Pilot was built in 1944 and first went into service as the USS Burleigh. After the war ended it was acquired and refitted by the Matson Navigation Company and mainly traveled the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hawaii routes. The cargo consisted of normal consumer goods of all kinds and agrarian products primarily bound for the West Coast of the USA. The vessel had a cruising speed of 16.5 knots and a total cargo capacity of 12,500 tonnes.

Hawaiian Pilot 1944 ex- Sonoma, 1961 transferred from Oceanic renamed Hawaiian Pilot, 1962 sold renamed Smith Pilot.