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SS Catalina (1924)

For more than a century, steamships carried guests between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island. The last of these storied white steamers, a California landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, barely survives today, partially submerged and listing 15 degrees to port in the harbor at Ensenada. Built for about $1 million in 1924 by William Wrigley, she carried more than 20 million passengers in a 51-year career, including 820,000 U.S. servicemen during World War II service in San Francisco Bay, before her retirement in 1975. She was put on the National Register in 1976 and then sold in 1977 to the first of many unsuccessful private interests.

Since 1985, she has been virtually abandoned in Ensenada. The Mexican authorities have been patient while international efforts to salvage the Catalina have continued, but now she is in the path of a new multi-million-dollar marina and an official Request For Proposals to dismantle her is expected soon.

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