1973: Cruise Ship Bomb Threat

1973: Cruise Ship Bomb Threat

1973: Cruise Ship Bomb Threat

Mariposa (1952) in her Matson Line livery.

On 11 July 1973, Pacific Far East Lines cruise ship Mariposa (1952), while docked in Los Angeles, received a marine telephone call from a man who claimed that a bomb had been planted in the luggage collection area of the 300-passenger vessel.

Originally a cargo vessel named Pine Tree Mariner, Mariposa was built in Quincy, Massachusetts, by Bethlehem Steel. In 1956 she was sold to Matson Navigation Co., which converted her into a passenger ship at the shipyard of the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp. of Portland, Oregon.

Matson PosterMariposa traveled the Pacific, primarily on a San Francisco-Honolulu route, until 1971, when she was sold to Pacific Far East Lines, which sailed the vessel on Pacific cruises. By 1973, Mariposa was one of the last US-flagged cruise ships (see the 1973 Chicago Tribune article on the next page).

Pacific Far East sold Mariposa to World Airways in 1978, which in 1981, delivered her back to Pacific Far East. In 1983, she was sold to China Ocean Shipping Co., renamed Jin Jiang and returned to sea on a Shanghai-Hong Kong route. Mariposa-Jin Jiang was broken up in India in 1991.

The bomb threat, incidentally, was determined to be a hoax. The ship’s departure was delayed by two hours.

1973: Cruise Ship Bomb Threat

Chicago Tribune, 7 October 1973

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