The Mariposa (14,812 grt, 564 ft. long) was originally built as a C4-type cargo ship.
She was bought by Matson Line in 1955 and rebuilt for South Pacific service,
commencing in 1956.
In 1971, Pacific Far East Line took over the ship for cruising on a similar
Pacific route from San Francisco to Sydney.
By 1978 she was laid up. In the 1980s she was sold to
China and finally scrapped in the mid-1990s.
Her sister, the Monterey, followed a similar
career with Matson Line and Pacific Far East Line.
She is still afloat, cruising for
MSC Crociere of Italy.
Great Ships website has more on the
history of the Mariposa
and Monterey (see "Matson Line" section).
Interior photos below are from either of the two ships.
You may use my images on another website.
Then please credit them as being from the collection of Björn Larsson,
and preferably provide a link to my Introduction page.
This page last updated December 18, 2005.