Antworth Named Master Of American Hawaii's Oceanic Independence

Capt. Vinton R. Antworth has been named master of the Oceanic Independence, according to David R. Stollmeyer, president of American Hawaii Cruises, the ship's operator. He succeeds Capt.

Adrian Spidle, who was selected to command the 30,000-gt vessel during her introduction to Hawaii interisland cruising.

"We were most fortunate to be able to obtain the services of these two masters of passenger seafaring," Mr. Stollmeyer said.

Captain Spidle c a r r i e d out in exemplary fashion his pro tem assignment of getting the ship out of the yard and into smooth o p e r a t i o n . Captain Antworth's background ensures that he will be a worthy successor to the command." He was the ship's staff captain f r o m 1961 to 1968 when, as American Export Lines' Independence, she sailed from New York to the Mediterranean on regularly scheduled voyages. His other service with American Export included assignments as second officer on the Atlantic, and as third officer on various other passenger and cargoliners of that company. His career began in 1943 with wartime service with the U.S. Navy.

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