Florida on the sea

Florida on the sea

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/148782
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  • Florida on the sea

Image Number

  • N040569


  • 1931

Series Title

General Note

  • Photonegative of a postcard.
  • The Florida had a gross tonnage of 4302 tons and a net of 2698, a steel hull, and a twin screw propulsion system. It was 366' long, 56.6' wide, with a depth of 28.6'. It had two geared steam turbines with a horsepower of 8500. It was designed for passenger service with accommodations for 612 first class passengers, 130 second class, and a crew of 112.

    Biography Note

  • The Florida was built for the P&O by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, at a cost of $2.6 million, between 1930 and 1931. It was launched on March 7, 1931, and delivered on May 20th. It did the Port Tampa-Key West-Havana run. In January of 1942, the U.S. government took over the Florida for use in wartime. During that time, the Florida was used as a troop transport in the Caribbean, making 48 trips. It was returned to the P&O in 1946, restored to civilian use, and travelled the Miami-Havana run. It was used as housing during Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. Afterwards, it was towed to Spain in 1968, and scrapped.

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

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