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SS MARIPOSA Consul lighter case

Date: 1959
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 × 65 × 65 mm, 23 g
Medium: Plastic, metal, ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jeff Allan
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Case
Object No: 00054828
Related Place:United States, Australia,

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    This Consul liquid gas lighter was given to by Vanessa (Zena) Roberson in 1959 by Peter Garaoeula, Chief Radio Operator on the SS MARIPOSA. It is a piece of memorabilia related to the SS MARIPOSA II, C-Class cargo ship originally named SS PINE TREE MARINER that was launched November 1952, completed in early 1953 and purchased by Matson Line in 1955. Under Matson it was rebuilt as a luxury first class cruise liner accommodating 365 passengers. MARIPOSA operated on the San Francisco to Sydney service between 1956 and 1957. This souvenir is significant in the context of the US-Australian transport route between San Francisco and Sydney and the historical relation to the Matson line and the liner’s namesake, SS MARIPOSA launched in 1931 as part of the “White Fleet”, which included the SS MONTEREY, SS MALOLO and SS LURLINE. The MARIPOSA serviced the Pacific route between the West Coast of the USA and the East Coast of Australia from January 1932 and was drafted into service as a troop carrier during the Second World War. Following World War II the MONTEREY served as a bride ship, transporting Australian women who had married US servicemen during the war to their new homes in the United States. Between February and July 1946 it made three voyages from Brisbane and one from Sydney carrying over 2,600 women in total.
    SignificanceThis Consul liquid gas lighter was given to by Vanessa (Zena) Roberson in 1959 by Peter Garaoeula, Chief Radio Operator on the SS MARIPOSA. It is a piece of memorabilia related to the SS MARIPOSA II, C-Class cargo ship originally named SS PINE TREE MARINER that was launched November 1952, completed in early 1953 and purchased by Matson Line in 1955. Under Matson it was rebuilt as a luxury first class cruise liner accommodating 365 passengers. MARIPOSA operated on the San Francisco to Sydney service between 1956 and 1957. This souvenir is significant in the context of the US-Australian transport route between San Francisco and Sydney and the historical relation to the Matson line and the liner’s namesake, SS MARIPOSA launched in 1931 as part of the “White Fleet”, which included the SS MONTEREY, SS MALOLO and SS LURLINE. The MARIPOSA serviced the Pacific route between the West Coast of the USA and the East Coast of Australia from January 1932 and was drafted into service as a troop carrier during the Second World War. Following World War II the MONTEREY served as a bride ship, transporting Australian women who had married US servicemen during the war to their new homes in the United States. Between February and July 1946 it made three voyages from Brisbane and one from Sydney carrying over 2,600 women in total.

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