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The distinct, Hawaiian lei-themed funnels of the abandoned S.S. Independence are visible through the window panes of a former Bethlehem Steel washroom. The cruise ship has sat unused in the Pier 70 drydocks since 2004 after being moved from Mare Island.
The steamship was completed in 1951 at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Quincy, Massachusetts at a cost of $50 million, and has a rich history of sailing passengers between New York and Europe, Portugal and Africa, and later inter-island service in Hawaii. In 1981, it ran aground off the coast of Kauai, suffering severe damage. Although it was later repaired, the ship became a casualty of decreased bookings following the September 11 attacks that ultimately forced the tour company to file for bankruptcy.
- May 2007
- Taken with a Nikon D80