Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cruise Line History: SS CATALINA and SS AVALON – The big white steamers to Catalina Island. Video and history of these excursion day boats.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. View our video on the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON by clicking above.They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Three great videos of newsreel footage of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY’S. Her launching, first voyage, final voyage and departure from Southampton in 1967.

There great videos featuring newsreel footage of the RMS QUEEN MARY. The great liner RMS Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line).  Built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, she was designed to be the first of Cunard’s planned two-ship weekly express service from Southampton to ... Read More »

Cruising the Past: The Oakland Tribune tells the story of Pullman Porters. These gracious and hard working men paved the way for the African-American middle class and provided first class professional service aboard the largest hotel system ever created on wheels.

The Oakland Tribune did a great story on a recent Bay Area event honoring former Pullman Porters.  Be sure to visit the Oakland Tribune by clicking here. The Pullman Company provided first class overnight sleeping car service throughout the United States until 1968.   Amtrak has never duplicated the first class service which was provided by the Pullman Porter, this army ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s… Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson.

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s…  Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson. The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the ... Read More »

Cruise History – 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET – Courtesy of www.shipgeek.com

Here’s a charming black and white home movie shot aboard the SS Nantucket as she sailed from Florida to Savannah, Georgia in 1928. This is a wonderful 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET courtesy of www.shipgeek.com on youTUBE. Lots of deck scenes with film of passengers ... Read More »

Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag. They weren’t floating Vegas condos.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruise History: Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag.  They weren’t floating Vegas condos. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »