SAMOA'S QUEEN SALAMASINA MAKES HER FINAL VOYAGE TO PAGO PAGO

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 22, 1999 - Samoa News)---With clear skies and smooth sailing ahead, the passenger ferry MV Queen Salamasina sailed quietly out of Pago Pago Harbor without any fanfare after her final voyage to the U.S. Territory of American Samoa.

The aging Queen Salamasina arrived yesterday (Thursday, January 21) for her last voyage, after serving the people of both Samoas for many years. She will be replaced by a young and modern passenger ferry.

That replacement, the MV Lady Naomi, is scheduled to arrive this morning on her inaugural voyage to American Samoa. An official ceremony marking the occasion is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Although the Queen Salamasina will no longer be in service, she has sailed the South Pacific region and survived three devastating hurricanes over the last two decades.

Owned by the Samoa government and operated by the Samoa Shipping Corporation, the Salamasina was built in January of 1977, with its first sail to the Territory in mid December of the same year, according to the Samoa government.

Besides the Territory, the Queen Salamasina has sailed to Savai‘i, Manu‘a, Tokelau, Tonga, Niue, Rarotonga, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, and New Zealand.

An official of the Samoa Shipping Corporation told Samoa News from Apia that there has been no final decision of what will happen to Her Royal Highness, the Queen Salamasina.

The passenger ferry accommodates 206 passengers and cargo, including vehicles.

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