“The Cunarder” boat train departs the Southampton Ocean Terminal bound for London Waterloo with passengers from the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The boat train is hauled by SR Bulleid “Battle of Britain” class steam locomotive No 34088 213 Squadron. BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the Titanic and the SS United States. Colonel John J. Astor IV waiting ... Read More »
Monthly Archives: August 2009
Website of the Month – The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – The Future of Our Past – Featuring infromation about The Baltimore Mail Steamship Company
Website of the Month – The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – The Future of Our Past… Cruising the Past salutes The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – with a visit to their excellent coverage of The Baltimore Mail Steamship Company. Gjenvick-Gjønvik is one of the largest private archives of historical documents from the 1800s through 1954 with concentrations in Steamship and Ocean Liner documents and ... Read More »
Addison Mizner (left) and his career as an architect of fact and fable. From mansions to yachts. More Social History in Palm Beach from a great story in New York Social Diary. Cruising The Past also looks at one of Mizner’s first clients: Edward Townsend Stotesbury and his yacht Neveda. Our thanks to Wayne C. Wilcox and his STOTESBURY.COM website ... Read More »
MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.
Cruise History: MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates. The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. MV Athena (formerly the MS Stockholm) is a ... Read More »
SOS for faded liner – Is the SS United States headed for the scrap yards or will Philadelphia save her?
Philadelphia lunching Ikea shoppers have a view of the SS United States, at Pier 82 since 1996. CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: SOS for faded liner – SOS for faded liner – Is the SS United States headed for the scrap yards or will Philadelphia save her? Bill Clinton was in his first term as president when the peeling hulk of the ... Read More »
CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president. Warfield’s niece Bessie Wallis Warfield (Mrs. Wallis) shook the British empire to its foundations when she married Edward VIII. PRESIDENT WARFIELD – “Old Baltimore At Twilight” by Paul McGehee. The beautiful inner harbor of Baltimore ... Read More »
Peter Knego at Alang with SS RITA (ex WINDSOR CASTLE) in late September of 2005. Photo by Kaushal Trivedi. Cruise News: Peter Kengo’s MIDSHIP CENTURY has received a new shipment of cruise ship furnishings after his recent visit to India. His collection covers everything from furniture, to ship’s fittings and art work from the cruise ships of yesterday. Click here ... Read More »
Cruise History: The sinking of the actual RMS Titanic and the fictitious sinking of the Titan. Was it coincidence? Art doesn’t just imitate life — sometimes it anticipates it. Fourteen years before the RMS Titanic was built, the American Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility or The Wreck of the Titan (1898) that prefigured the real ship’s destiny with ... Read More »
Cruising the future. The stylish French tradition of cruising will return with the revived Paquet Cruises in 2010. The Costa Allegra will be chartered by Paquet. The Paquet cruise brand in France is to be revived by Jean-Maurice Ravon through his company TMR. TMR will apparently charter the 820-berth Costa Allegra to operate Med cruises in the summer of 2010. ... Read More »
Johnny Depp and J. P. Morgan Jr. seen aboard their respective yachts. Cruising the past and the future: Actor Johnny Depp and the famous financier J. P. Morgan Jr. have one thing in common – classic yachts! Depp’s VaJoliroja. Morgan built the yacht Corsair and Depp refurbished his yacht VaJoliroja (pronounced along the lines of “The Jolly Roger”). J. P. ... Read More »
The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster.
The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster. Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year ... Read More »
Walt Disney, an avid cruiser, sailed with his family in the 1950s aboard the SS Lurline. The video shows sailing day from Honolulu in the 50s – Disney and his family would have experienced this event. It was magical. Today, Walt would be sailing aboard Disney Cruises and the Disney Magic. Cruising The Now: Cruise Ship Review of the DISNEY ... Read More »
Cruising the past looks at the streamliner SOUTHERN BELLE. American deluxe rail travel, 1920s to 1950s, unrivaled anywhere to the present, the epitome of style, in transport, which gave travel its sense of occasion, combined with the right degree of urgency and speed. One such train was the streamliner SOUTHERN BELLE. A small train, with diner, observation-lounge and Pullman service ... Read More »
Cruising the past and cruise history. This is a terrific SHIPGEEK video in memory of the glorious SS France, set to the song “France” by Jimmy Kennedy, performed by the Roger Wagner Chorale (written for the maiden voyage). The video is produced by SHIPGEEK. Please visit this wonderful website by clicking here. The SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique ... Read More »
Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel. Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth. From French Line to Cunard to Matson – passenger lists were “bibles” aboard ship. Souvenir Passenger List from MATSON LINE’s S.S. MAtsonia sailing #16, San Francisco ... Read More »
RMS CARONIA – Cunard Line’s famed cruise ship during the 1950s. Promotional film on the ship’s annual Mediterranean Cruise.
Dining aboard the RMS Caronia from a 1950s World Cruise brochure. RMS CARONIA docked in Manhattan with the French Line’s Ile de France sailing out of New York Harbor for Europe in the background. RMS CARONIA – Cunard Line’s famed cruise ship during the 1950s. Promotional film on the ship’s annual Mediterranean Cruise. A Cunard Line advertising film, the cruise ... Read More »
Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”…
Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”… One of the first all gay cruises – Cruising on the SS BERMUDA STAR in 1987 aboard the second all gay cruises operated by RSVP. It is a retro look at gay life. Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the ... Read More »
Cruise Line History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships. Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting Cruising The Past commissioned of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of Princess Cruises – the PRINCESS PATRICIA. Ready to sail from Los Angeles, seen docked at the ... Read More »
Cruise history: RMS Queen Mary Newsreel – 1936 – The song heard is Horatio Nicholls’ “Queen of the Sea”! The RMS Queen Mary was a Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line) ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. She was designed to be Britain’s answer to the European super-liners of the late twenties and ... Read More »
Cruise History: The RMS Viceroy of India was an ocean liner that was owned and operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd. of Great Britain. During World War II she was converted to and used as a troopship. The Viceroy of India was sunk in November of 1942 by German U-boat U-407. Her service was succeeded by ... Read More »