Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Clipper Line’s M.V. Stella Polaris, completed in 1927, was the first custom built cruise ship. She was considered the “Royal Yacht” of cruising and was one of the most deluxe forms of ocean travel into the 1960s.

The most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years, and probably in the history of cruising is the Stella Polaris. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising.  She sailed to the Mediterranean, North Cape, Caribbean and Around The World.  She had no rivals. On the World Cruise there was more ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Memories of an Empress – Canadian Pacific’s Big White Ships

This nostalgic and highly detailed painting by Gordon Bauwens shows the liner anchored off Greenock in 1960. The family of a serving officer watch from the Esplanade as the liner Empress of Britain, attended by a Clyde puffer, prepares for her imminent transatlantic departure. The turbine steamer Queen Mary II on a day-cruise ‘doon the watter’ from Glasgow, sweeps down ... Read More »

Cruise History: The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the sidewheelers operating from New York City to Boston via Fall River.

The Fall River Line was popularized by this famous song.  A romantic and engaging way to travel between New York and Boston.  It all began fittingly enough with Robert Fulton, who planned to vanquish Long Island Sound as he had the Hudson, even though he died, at an untimely fifty, just before the attempt was to be made. And the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Laurence Miller donates steamship memorabilia to Miami’s Wolfsonian-FIU Museum

  This is a luggage label for Cunard White Star Cruises dating back to 1949. The label is part of the Laurence Miller Collection of ocean liner and cruise ship materials at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach.  From the MIAMI HERALD Posted on Fri, Dec. 26, 2008 Laurence Miller donates memorabilia to Wolfsonian BY TANIA VALDEMORO A former ... Read More »

Passenger Train History: 1945 first class railway dining car service on the New York Central System. Complete breakfast for eighty five cents during World War Two.

During WW 2, railway dining cars were crowded because of the mass movement in the United States of civilian passengers and military personnel.   This is a New York Central System breakfast menu from WW 2 aboard a train in 1945: featuring the menu, wartime dining car policy and a massage about America. Read More »

Cruise Ships History: Italian Line’s beautiful liner CONTE DI SAVIOA captured by New York based artist Scott McBee and link to his wonderful article on this great ship found on New York Social Diary.

Scott Houston McBee’s rendering of the Conte di Savoia. Principessa Mafalda with family and friends aboard the Conte Di Savoi. Princess Mafalda married the Prince of Hesse.  In 1943 when Mussolini was overthrown, and the King led the country into the Allied camp, both the Princess and Prince were sent to a concentration camp where they died. Conte Di Savoi ... Read More »

SHIPBOARD CELEBRITIES ABOARD THE UNITED STATES LINE’S SS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. FROM HELEN KELLER AND GENERAL DOUGLAS MCARTHUR TO JOHNNY WEISMULLER AND THE 1928 US OLYMPIC TEAM.

   SS President Roosevelt.  The SS President Roosevelt was a passenger liner of the United States Lines that was involved in a famous heroic rescue of the crew of the British ship Antinoe in the Atlantic Ocean in January 1926. The captain of the ship, George Fried, was given a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan in honor of his heroism. Helen ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: PIRATES IN THE 21st CENTURY AND TERRORISTS IN THE 20th CENTURY – Pirates have replaced terrorists on the high seas.

The recent attempt by pirates to seize a cruise ship reminds many seasoned cruisers of similar incidents involving terrorists during the 20th Century.On October 7, 1985 the Achille Lauro was employed on a ten-day cruise. She was supposed to call at Alexandria in order to allow passengers to go to Cairo, and then rejoining the ship at Port Said. Only ... Read More »

Cruise History – The Last Ocean Liners: When you could go around the world by taking a liner voyage and not a cruise!

   American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION Courtesy of a wonderful website called LAST OCEAN LINERS Until the early 1970s, it was routinely possible to schedule extensive world journeys by transferring between three, four or more different ocean liners on point-to-point line voyages. The services were promoted to take advantage of a coordinated system of fares and schedules among cooperating shipping ... Read More »