Royal New Zealand Air Force:
Postcard Sydney 1941_RMS Monterey
1940s Postcard:- Bearing the flag of the Royal Mail Ship/RMS Monterey passes under Sydney harbour bridge.
My father, together with enlisted men with the RAAF, boarded the SS Monterey in Sydney on November 13, 1941. The SS Monterey was a South Pacific cruise ship and the men travelled as ordinary passengers, calling into port at Auckland, Fiji, Samoa, and Hawaii and San Francisco where they disembarked and travelled onto Vancouver, Canada, then by rail to their training camps.
The United States had not entered the war at this time. Pearl Harbour was bombed on the morning of December 7, 1941 by Japanese aircraft. On 16 December 1941 the SS Monterey travelled to Hawaii with troops, and returned with 800 casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Extract from website – In the 1920s and 1930s ocean liners reached a peak of expansion and the great Matson line built the Monterey and her maiden voyage was on 3rd June 1932. She and the Mariposa inaugurated the new South Pacific service from San Francisco to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. After her years with Matson Line she continued in service for a variety of owners before sinking off South Africa in 2000 while under tow to the ship breakers.