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One of three sister ships constructed for the Panama Canal's Panama Line by the Shipbuilding Division of Bethlehem Steel in Quincy, Mass, the SS Cristobal was launched March 4, 1939, and sailed out of New York on her maiden voyage to Panama the following August 17.  On January 11, 1942, the vessel was requisitioned for military use in World War II, serving first as a troop carrier and later transporting war brides, children and wounded soldiers stateside.  On June 14, 1946, the Cristobal was returned to the Panama Line, where she continued passenger/cargo service between New York and Panama until April 1961.  In June of that year the Cristobal made her first voyage between New Orleans and Panama, a route she was to ply until her last voyage on September 19, 1981, after 42 years of U.S. Government service.

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