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A color guard team parades the flag during the Sunset Parade aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) at Stapleton Pier on Staten Island, N.Y., on May 24. Saluting the colors, from left, are Vice Adm. Marty Chanik, commander, U.S. Navy Second Fleet; Capt. Todd W. Bostock, commanding officer, USS Monterey (CG 61); Rear Adm. Frank Pandolfe, commander, Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike ... Read More »

SS AMERICA – Maiden Voyage – 1940

SS AMERICA – Sailing from New York on her maiden voyage The SS America was an ocean liner built in 1940 for the United States Lines. She carried many names in the 54 years between her construction and her 1994 wrecking, as she served as the SS America (carrying this name three different times during her career), the USS West ... Read More »

In 1960 Trans-Atlantic Steamship Line services from New York to Europe were still going strong with almost daily sailings – Starting at $412.50 one-way first class on the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth.

New York’s Liner Row – Early 1960s The following are listings of schedules and minimum fares for Trans-Atlantic steamship service taken from the April 1960 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines. Even in April and May 1960 (less than fifty years ago) there was almost daily steamship service from New York to Europe. Lines ... Read More »

EARLY AMERICAN STREAMLINED TRAINS – During the Golden Age of Rail Travel…

THIS booklet was designed to provide a brief, running commentary on the country along the trail of The Milwaukee Road between Lake Michigan and the Pacific Coast for the great streamliner – OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA. This is a view of the dome car. EARLY AMERICAN STREAMLINED TRAINS… Preserved Chesapeake & Ohio No. 490 “Class L 4-6-4” steam locomotive showing the streamlining ... Read More »

United States Lines – NEW YORK to LOSANGELES – PANAMA CANCAL CRUISE – $250 First Class

In 1932, the Manhattan became the first ship actually built for the United States Line, followed the next year by Washington. With World War Two approaching, the two ships stopped sailing to Europe. This ad is from the July 22, 1940 edition of Time Magazine. The two ships would only operate briefly on this run before Pearl Harbor. Read More »


A “Cruising The Past” short film taking a nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON… The SS CATALINA and the SS AVALON – early 1950s – Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, California… The SS CATALINA and SS AVALON were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – CUNARD’S FRANCONIA – Around the World in 133 Days

Franconia II – 1923 – 1956 Gross Tonnage – 20,158 tons Dimensions – 183.27m (190.18m overall) x 22.46m: 601.3ft (624ft overall) x 73.7ft. Number of funnels – 1 Number of masts – 2 Construction – Steel Propulsion – Twin-screw Engines – Steam turbines (double-reduction) Service speed – 16 knots Builder – John Brown & Co, Glasgow Launch date – 21 ... Read More »

Amtrak Celebrates National Train Day with Ceremony Honoring Pullman Porters in Chicago

  CHICAGO – Amtrak, in partnership with the Chicago-based A. Philip Randolph Museum, will host a ceremony during National Train Day this Saturday (May 10, 2008) to honor the contributions of the legendary Pullman Porters to the nation’s railroads. Amtrak employees will gather to give heartfelt thanks in person to six porters who proudly served as far back as the ... Read More »

Cruising the Past: Celebrating National Train Day – May 10 – Will America ever have great rail passenger service again? Not if John McCain is president. He wants to destroy Amtrak.

This site is usually not political but when it comes to the future of Amtrak — presidential candidate John McCain is worse than Bush. National Train Day owes nothing to John McCain. America. Europe, Australia, South Africa and Japan have great rail service. But not America. There are Republicans that are very pro-Amtrak who are not in the “Bush/McCain league”! ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – FDR, postcards and other memories from Cunard Line’s RMS Acquitania

Cunard Line’s R.M.S. Aquitania, one of the greatest of all liners, was built for Cunard by John Brown & Co., and was launched in 1913. After her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 30 May 1914, she made only 2 more Atlantic crossings before World War I began. During the war she served as an armed merchant cruiser, ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” sailed away on the French Line’s S.S. LIBERTE – Installment 1 – Cruiseships or Liners in the movies…

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) being driven by her father (John Williams) to sail away on the S.S. LIBERTE. This is one of the final scenes from Paramounts SABRINA directed by Billy Wilder in 1954. Sabrina Fairchild ( Audrey Hepburn) is seated in the front seat of a limousine with her chauffeur father (John Williams). Audrey is being driven into New York ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Special CLASSIC TRAINS Issue … When “cruising” started on trains operated by THE PULLMAN COMPANY that connected with the great liners…

For great coverage of The Pullman Company and deluxe All-Pullman sleeping car trains such as the Santa Fe SUPER CHIEF check out the latest issue of Classic Trains and click on this link to order a copy. The Pullman Company operated the deluxe trians that acted as “boat trains” to provide rail travel so passengers could connect with such Atlantic ... Read More »