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Matson's SS Mariposa menu, 1933


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I have a menu that Duncan O'Brien sent me as a gift. He did the big cocktail book "White Ships" about 6 years ago. It sold for $65. You can get a used one on Amazon for $1,000. Has new book out next month " The Grand Manner of Matson". Crew, passengers and others with their memories and etc.


The menu's cover shows " Farewell Dinner , Honoring passengers disembarking in New Zealand. SS Mariposa (drawing of it also). At Sea Sydney to Aukland Friday June 29th, 1933.

2nd page is autograph page with 13 signatures including my father's (it was his table) who at the time was Chief Steward, Cabin Class. He went on to be the Chief Steward 1935 to 1947 when ship was sold. He retired as Dir. of Passenger Service in 1961.


Too big to upload to this site, but here are some of the dinner items that night that are probably not too popular today.


pearl onions, anchovy straws, Swedish herring salad, clear green turtle amontillado, salmon with "anchovy butter", boiled smoked ox tongue, fried parsnips.


A big assortment of desserts, three cheeses.



Time marches on and so do our tastes.

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