Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cruise Ship History: Memories of 1929 Crash – Passengers aboard Cunard-White Star’s BERENGARIA went from millionaires to paupers!

Groups of passengers are seen aboard the Berengaria during the fatal 1929 crash.   They lost millions at sea. The passenger liner Berengaria, originally named Imperator, was built in Germany in 1913 for the Hamburg-Amerika Line. Intended as a rival to Britain’s Olympic, Titanic, Lusitania and Mauretania, she was then the largest ship in the world (919 feet long, weighing ... Read More »

TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former private railway car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.

The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.  See for yourself as Michael L. Grace takes us on a smooth ride cross country featured today in New York ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT. Turned into hotels! The liners QUEEN ELIZABETH, AMERICA, UNITED STATES, CANBERRA and soon to be the QE2.

By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang in India. Others say better a floating hotel than being ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Ship models of the famous liners NIEUW AMSTERDAM, TITANIC, REX and AMERICA are more than decorative art. For celebrity collectors such as actor Nicholas Cage they are a living history.

A youtube video showing a wonderful lifelike model of the legendary ocean liner SS Rex cruising “at sea.” Ship models have been considered a legitimate decorative art form for the past four hundred years throughout northern Europe and more recently in 19th and 20th centuries in North America. Of course ship models have been prized objects of art since 2000 ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Cunard’s QE2 – Was the famed cruise ship an overrated legend?

Malcolm Oliver’s cruise blog questions the historical significance and legend of Cunard Line’s QE2.  It is interesting reading for anyone interested in cruise line and cruise ship history: Cunard’s QE2 – An Overrated Legend? by Malcolm Oliver Introduction By the time that you read this the QE2 will have retired and be undergoing the process of being converted to become ... Read More »

Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the summer of 1939.  By the time this “young commuter” would ... Read More »

Cruise History: San Francisco Chronicle review of Duncan O’Brien’s “THE WHITE SHIPS: A TRIBUTE TO MATSON’S LUXURY LINERS”. When ad campaigns announced the “SS Lurline is Hawaii” and celebrities such as Elvis Presley sailed aboard Matson’s famed ships!

  Duncan O’Brien’s “The White Ships: A Tribute to Matson’s Luxury Liners” is a wonderful accolade to the famous pioneer California steamship company and their cruise ships that lasted into the 1970s.  Focusing on the elegant steamers Malolo, Mariposa, Monterey, Lurline and Matsonia. It’s not just the facts about some liners speed and dimensions.  O’Brien’s book goes far beyond that. ... Read More »