Monthly Archives: May 2009

The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai.

QE2 arriving in Dubai last November. Will the QE2 make cruise ship history as a hotel or eventually be sent to the scrap heap? The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai. Looking forlorn, forgotten and unloved, Cunard’s former queen of the Atlantic swelters under the glare of the fierce, unremitting Dubai sun as temperatures climb to ... Read More »

Delta Line – The last truly American flag passenger steamship company.

Delta Line (Mississippi Shipping Co.), New Orleans (1919-85) Cruising The Past looks at the Delta Line.  They provided service from Gulf of Mexico and east coast of South America; originally established by coffee merchants to ship Brazilian produce directly to the Mississippi Valley through New Orleans, bypassing New York. Officially the Mississippi Shipping Company until 1962, but was already known ... Read More »

World War II Canadian Pacific Railway Coastal Night Boat Schedule.

World War II Canadian Pacific Princess Lines Schedule issued in 1944.  Memorial Day cruising the past looks at probably the only coastal passengers ships operating during World War II.  Seattle residents were fortunate because they could head north to Victoria and Vancouver by boat.   These schedules show operations between Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.  Many of the services were suspended because ... Read More »

Furness Bermuda Line – The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda.

Furness Bermuda Line – The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda. In 1919 Furness Bermuda Line was awarded the mail contract for the New York to Bermuda service. This service reached its zenith in the years just before the Second World War when Furness Bermuda Line ordered two magnificent luxury liners – the Monarch of Bermuda and the Queen ... Read More »

Can you identify these two ships?

Identify these two ships.  There were no captions.  One appears to be a coastal night boat and the other a steamer from the 1920s.  Crusiing the past – cruise history puzzle! Read More »

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into ... Read More »

J. Pierpont Morgan’s yacht Corsair IV became a cruise ship to Mexico.

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, made cruise history, owning four magnificent yachts christened Corsair, and ... Read More »

Website of the month: AIRSHIPS.NET. All about the airship Hindenberg.

Cruising the Past awards Dan Grossman’s AIRSHIPS.NET as website of the month. Grossman’s excellent site tells the story of the airship Hindenburg. She was the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s. 2 and 1/2 days! And the most expensive way to go! The Airship Hindenburg was the last great passenger zeppelin. 1937 Video of the Zeppelin Hindenburg ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro the sister-ship to the famed terrorist high jacked Achille Lauro.

Cruise History – The MS Angelina Lauro was the sister-ship to the famed terrorist high jacked Achille Lauro.  MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 ... Read More »

Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Salvador Dali and the Windsors aboard the SS United States

Gary Cooper and family.  From an ad in Holiday Magazine – 1950s. The SS United States, when it came to passengers, had a lot of cruise and social history. The list of celebrities, artists, musicians and heads of state that have sailed this great trans-Atlantic liner in it’s 1950’s heyday is impressive (the likes of the Duke and Duchess of ... Read More »