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Photographer:Don Bodron [View profile]Title:CYNTHIA OLSONAdded:Aug 05, 2007
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Over 3000gt)
Calmar Line lumber carrier CYNTHIA OLSON outbound in Long Beach California Harbor circa 1959
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davidships on Feb 16, 2017 11:52 (1 year ago)
Like her predecessor, the 1935-built CYNTHIA OLSON is listed as owned by Oliver J Olson & Co of San Francisco who acquired her in 1950 and apparently kept her until demolition in 1970. So probably chartered by Calmar (which was a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel) for its service carrying company steel products westbound from Atlantic to Pacific, and lumber eastbound.
USCGC Bonham on Feb 16, 2017 02:18 (1 year ago)
Does anyone have any idea as to how the CALMAR Line came to use the name CYNTHIA OLSON? Perhaps, they bought out the old Olson Lines?

The original S.S. Cynthia Olson was a somewhat similar, but older lumber carrier up and down the Pacific Coast - after a previous life elsewhere.

Sadly, she was sunk in the early hours of December 7th, 1941 under strange circumstances. The story has been around for years, but only recently have any books been published with many details.
dhtexpress on Oct 17, 2011 18:45 (7 years ago)
I sailed on this ship begining in May of 1967. My uncle John Moore was the Chief Mate. The ship was under MSTS Charter (US Gov.), to deliver supplies from Okinawa to ports in South Vietnam. I believe the ship came back to the US At the end of 1967 or eairly part of 1968. Everyone was unloaded in Alameda, CA. and the ship sat moored in Alameda, along the estury near the Posey Tube. I believe it was then moved to the north end of the bay near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (To be dismanteled?) The last time I saw it, she still had the old "oil-fired" steam engine and you could still make out the picture of Snoopy with a machine-gun on the stack.
Dennis Thomas
Alameda, CA
DEREK SANDS on Feb 23, 2008 18:02 (10 years ago)
Follow this link for details of this interesting ship.

A great shot of her, thanks for posting this gem

Milko Kronja on Sep 05, 2007 12:24 (11 years ago)
Very interesting one.

Regards - M. Kronja
Gerolf Drebes on Jan 05, 2006 20:34 (13 years ago)
Very strange ship, a very old hull, superstructure and funnel with cranes, which are looking quite new.
Have they been put later on the ship ??
Gerolf (gedre)
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