Hello, all ...
I have recently obtained 15 San Francisco newspaper ads that
document some voyages of the S.S. Great Northern and her sister
ship, the Northern Pacific, in 1915 and 1916. One of these ads,
from the San Francisco Chronicle of December 7, 1915, may be seen in
Files>Publications>San Francisco Chronicle
The ad promotes the Dec. 16, 1915, sailing of the Great Northern for
Hilo and Honolulu.
Both ships were on the San Francisco-Portland coast runs, but made
winter-season runs to Hawaii. As nearly as I can determine, the
Great Northern's first sailing to Hawaii was on November 26, 1915.
Both ships were in Honolulu for the February 1916 Mid-Pacific
In the 1916-17 season, one small ad from the Chronicle gives SF-Hilo-
Honolulu sailing dates as Nov. 7, Nov. 27, Dec. 15, Jan. 4-23, Feb.
12 and Mar. 5-23.
I think the Dec. 15, 1916, sailing may have been changed to Dec. 18,
having arrived in Honolulu on December 22. If DB was in Kansas
City for the Dec. 10 opening of "Bird of Paradise," he would have
had only a few days to visit his family in Lawton before taking the
train to San Francisco to board the Great Northern. On that
schedule, he would never have made a Dec. 15 sailing!