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Cruise Line History – The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – 1930s

The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Passenger Liners 1952  The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY Passenger Liners – 1935 Passengers on deck enjoying shuffleboard aboard an Alaska Steamship Line steamer in the1930s. En route from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Steamship Company poster – 1930s HISTORY of the Alaska Steamship Company. Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to Alaska began in ... Read More »

CRUISE LINE HISTORY – Around The World aboard American President Lines – first class – 1960 – $2500 per person

Cruise Line History – Traveling in Style aboard the AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES The second President Hoover was built in 1939 as the Panama for the Panama Lines service from New York, via Haiti, carrying 216 first class passengers and cargo. She was sold to American President Lines in 1957, renamed the President Hoover, and put into service on a Pacific ... Read More »

ELDER DEMPSTER LINE – One of the UK’s largest shipping companies…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed in John Elder’s Fairfield Yard, in Glasgow. The British and ... Read More »

Cruise History: THE DELTA LINE

AMERICA’S FIRST POST-WAR LINERS OF THE 1940’s Courtesy James L. Shaw – SM Aug/86 Delta Line’s DEL SUD, one of the three passenger/cargo liners which helped re-establish U.S. trade to South America after the Second World War. Note the dummy ‘funnel’ and twin exhaust uptakes. The Mississippi Shipping Company of New Orleans introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South ... Read More »

CRUISE LINE HISTORY

CRUISE LINE HISTORY is a historical and contemporary look at cruise ships, ocean liners and Pullman streamliners. From the 1930s through the 1960s and how it relates to the present. Examining the glamour of traveling prior to 747s and the “Love Boat” mentality.  Looking at a “retro” period when there were no security checks, 24-hour buffets or baseball caps. An ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS MARGURITE from Seattle to Victoria – 1960s…

Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada.   The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.  Trial Island is seen in the background.  The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT NORTHERN – When the San Francisco to Portland steamship was faster than the train…

The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. The company operated two ships, the S.S. Great Northern and S.S. Northern Pacific. The ships proved faster than the SP’s express trains ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY – First class lounge – Departure Day – 1952

from the Marine Salon… The picture above could easily be mistaken for the lounge of a grand hotel in the early 1950s. It’s not. First class passengers are seated in the main lounge of the RMS Queen Mary and they are dressed to kill. A contrast from today’s tennis shoes, pant suits and baseball caps. The ship will soon be ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – 1952 – Five Nights at Sea – from New York to Europe – First Class fares $350 and up…

In 1952 the United States Lines advertised the July 3 maiden voyage of the new SS UNITED STATES. First Class fares started at $350 or $70 a night including deluxe accommodations, meals and transportation from New York to Europe. Similar accommodations on any trans-Atlantic ship today would be way over $350 a night. The SS AMERICA offered first class fares ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: SS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific Steamship – 1930s – 10 Days from Vancouver to Japan

Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent S/S Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. This mighty ship was delivered to Canadian Pacific in Liverpool and sailed ... Read More »

Famous actress Katharine Hepburn preferred Cunard Line’s smaller ships… the RMS MEDIA and PARTHIA

“The Cunarders… the Media and Parthia are my favorite ships…” Katharine Hepburn Cunard Line’s all first class RMS PARTHIA and MEDIA Hollywood stars and celebrities like KATHARINE HEPBURN preferred to travel from New York to England via Liverpool on the smaller, deluxe, all-first-class liners like Cunard’s Parthia and Media. They could avoid the crowds and have much more privacy. Hepburn ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: The SS LURLINE in San Diego

The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier in the 1930s. The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and ... Read More »