The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep and during his lifetime he visited often. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. Elvis first sailed to Hawaii from Los Angeles aboard the first-class Matson Line ship, the SS Matsonia, on November 5, 1957. The Matsonia was part of the fleet of liners owned by the Matson Navigation Company that began servicing Hawaii in 1882. It was on this cruiser that Elvis took his maiden voyage to Hawaii in 1957, where he was scheduled for three concerts, including a performance for troops and their families at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu. The voyage across the Pacific generally took four and a half days, during which Elvis’ new film Jailhouse Rock opened in theaters. After Elvis’ success in Hawaii, he returned to the Pacific Coast aboard the SS Lurline, which had joined the Matson fleet in 1908. As a result of the high occupancy rates in the 1950s, Matson lines used both the SS Matsonia and the SS Lurline for its first-class service between the American West Coast and the Hawaiian Islands. The ships sailed the route routinely between June 1957 and September 1962 until airline competition forced them to retire. Most tourists to Hawaii would spend about nine days before returning to California and Elvis was no exception, cruising from Honolulu to San Francisco on November 13, 1957.

Part of the first-class service, a social affair at the time, was the issuance of a passenger log so that guests could acquaint themselves with one another during the several-day voyage. Offered is the passenger log from the SS Lurline from November 13, 1957 listing the captain and crew along with each passenger in alphabetical order. Elvis and his entourage, although aboard, were not listed in this colorful covered brochure, either for security reasons or most likely because their travel was not booked far enough in advance to warrant inclusion. While Elvis was not printed in the log, his fellow passengers found him, as evidenced by this example signed not only by Elvis, but also several others in his group. Elvis has signed and inscribed in the upper left above the ship’s name “To Liz from Elvis Presley.” The passenger list has also been signed by Colonel Tom Parker, Arthur Hooten, Cliff Gleaves, Gene Smith, Ken Moore, Lamar Fike and a William Murphy. This beautifully visual example depicts not only the heady days of glamorous travel, but of the celebrity passengers on this majestic ship. The passenger list measures 10 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (26.67 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The document suffers from only minor toning, but was folded at one point, and has a horizontal crease. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Signed S.S. <em>Lurline</em> Passenger List – Signed Returning from His 1957 Hawaii Concerts
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Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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