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Big White Steamers: Retro Sea Cruise To Catalina

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Today's video lunch is a nostalgic look at the SS Catalina and SS Avalon known as the Big White Steamers -- passenger steamships that operated summer tourist service from Los Angeles to Catalina island beginning in the 1920s. The SS Avalon retired to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in 1964 when an anchor chain broke loose during a storm, while the SS Catalina, despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places (and being named California Historical Monument #894), was sentenced to rust in an Ensenada Harbor after running aground in the 1990s and was ultimately cut into scrap metal.