SS CATALINA Reruns In Southern California

CATALINA postcard postcard booklet image from the collection of Joe Ditler.

MaritimeMatters writer, Shawn Dake will be appearing on a segment of the Huell Howser television program “California’s Gold” on Monday, April 23rd.  The program airs at 7:30pm on KCET, Channel 28 in the Los Angeles area.  The program provides a wonderful look at the former Great White Steamship s.s. CATALINA as it appeared in 1999 while in a partially sunken state in Ensenda, Mexico.  Shawn takes Huell Howser on a tour of the upper decks including the Saloon Deck, Ballroom, Wrigley Suite, aft bar and what remained of the wheelhouse.  Numerous historic photographs are interspersed with poignant scenes of the ship in her final days.  Updated scenes give a glimpse as to what has happened to the ship since the program originally aired.  The last remains of the CATALINA were scrapped in 2010.

CATALINA docked at Avalon, July, 1975, photo @ Shawn J. Dake.

This particular program will be aired again on May 23rd also at 7:30pm.  On both sets of dates it can also be seen again later that night at 12:30am for any night owls.  For readers in Southern California this should be a very enjoyable and nostalgic look back at a steamship that was so much a part of local history.

CATALINA stern, photo © Martin Cox 2000

I was lucky to accompany Shawn to Ensenda in September 2000, we were able to go onboard for a last look. The weekend has been rumoured to be the “raising of CATALINA”  but sadly it was never to be, however I was able to get some dramatic last photographs of her.

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Special thanks to: Shawn Dake and Huell Howser


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