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The Sequel to The White Ships

Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, will be released in an exclusive collectors’ edition in September, 2014. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson liner era, The Grand Manner of Matson will be offered for pre-sale in May, 2014 on the well-known crowd-funding website, This initial offering will be on a first-come, first-served basis and feature options to purchase signed copies of the book with other very special white ships-themed items. Check back here for details, or subscribe to be notified when the campaign officially launches.

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March 5, 2012
The first ever documentary of the history of Matson's passenger ship era is currently in post-production. Release details will be announced soon.
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The White Ships Documentary   coming soon

If you enjoyed the book, you'll love the documentary featuring never-before-seen vintage Matson liner footage and interviews with former passengers and crew. Check below for sneak previews, and visit The White Ships at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr sites for more images, videos and news.

"The White Ships is a culmination of eight years of research and a lifetime of memories"


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"A two-part interview with White Ships author Duncan OBrien. "
Gene Sloan, USA Today
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World War II veteran Michael OBrien recalls his experiences as an 18-yr-old serving for the US forces aboard the troopship SS Lurline in 1943. OBrien sailed from San Francisco to India with more than 7,000 troops aboard. The interview was recorded in Lahaina, Maui in 2011.
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Maritime historian David Perry talks about the legacy of Matson liners in San Francisco, still a port of call for many of the world's finest cruise ships. The Crystal Symphony, after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise, berths at Pier 35, the home of Matson's passenger ships until the 1970s.

Visit the White Ships "sister ship" social media sites for much more content!

Facebook Latest news, and connections with former passengers and crew.
Youtube Vintage films and excerpts from the White Ships documentary.
Flickr The world's largest archive of Matson Line passenger ship images.