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Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that ... See full summary »
The large vessel the speed boats race around is the S.S. Catalina. Built in 1924, it provided ferry service for up to 2,000 passengers from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. During WWII it was requisitioned as a troop transport around San Francisco Bay, carrying over 800,000 servicemen and women from 1942 to 1945. It was returned to ferry service in 1946. It was retired in 1975 as newer and faster ships came into service. It was bought by a private individual in 1977, and several schemes to re-purpose it, including a disco and a bar & grill came to naught. In 1997 it broke its mooring in Ensenada, Mexico and partially sank. It was finally scrapped in 2009. It has been estimated that this ship has carried more passengers than any other in history - upwards of 25,000,000 over its 50 year service life.