Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cruise and Air Ship History: The Graf Zeppelin – The first flight of an airship around-the-world. William Randolph Hearst financed the flight in 1929. It took 12 days and 11 hours.

(Click above for Video of the Graf Zeppelin) - In 1929 the Graf Zeppelin left Friedrichshafen to make the first flight round-the-world by an airship. Here’s the complete story of this most famous and memorable trip in the history of air transportation: The round-the-world flight attempt really began on May 14, 1929 when the Graf departed from Friedrichshafen for its ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: This is MGM’s 1930s musical HONOLULU aboard Matson Line’s SS LURLINE starring Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell. When getting there was half the fun!

The incomparable Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell in this show-stopping number aboard Matson Line’s SS Lurline from the hit 1939 MGM musical HONOLULU. The song captures the Magic and Romance of Hawaii’s Golden Age aboard the great Matson liners. When getting there was truly half the fun. Alas, this song and musical have not fared well, and have been all-but-forgotten, ... Read More »

S.S. LA MARSEILLAISE – Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route… from Saigon to the depths of Grenada…

Messageries Maritimes’ flag-ship ended up like mini-Titanic… read on… MM ship leaving Saigon Dating from 1862, Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route was its premier route, serving as it did the Jewel in France’s Crown in the East: Indo-China. Saigon during the golden age before the endless and useless war… Saigon was always MM’s second homeport centred on la ... Read More »

S.S. BADGER – The largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. 56 years of service. And starting another season in May.

A video of the S.S. Badger… S.S. BADGER: A little history, a lot of fun! The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan, and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the huge inland sea for more than fifty years. The S.S. Badger is a national treasure, offering a cruise experience that links ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS MAURETANIA – Blue Riband Holder – One of the most historic and remarkable Atlantic liners in history.

The great ship headed to the breakers… The RMS Mauretania entered service a few months after her sister, Lusitania, starting her maiden voyage on November 16, 1907, and battling her way across the Atlantic through frightful seas. During her career, she proved to be slightly faster than the Lusitania; she was also slightly longer (790 feet instead of 787) and ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: When going by ship from San Francisco to Portland was faster than the train and cost $38.40 round-trip first class.

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 Southern Pacific’s express ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: The French Line’s SS NORMANDIE. The greatest liner ever to sail “across the pond”! Will the SS United States and QE 2 face a similar demise?

Visit the SS Normandie website celebrating the extraordinary museum honoring the great liner created by John “Crash” Miottel by clicking here for information on this great ship. SS Normandie arriving in New York on her maiden voyage. The French Line’s Normandie is one of the relatively few legitimate contenders for the title “Greatest Liner Ever”. She was a ship of ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador. You sailed aboard the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!

Cruising the Past aboard Canadian cruise ships during the 1920s and 1930s… The Clarke Steamship Company. 1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on ... Read More »