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The SS CAP NORTE – the German liner captured by the HMS BELFAST at the beginning of WW 2

SS Cap Norte – the German liner captured by the HMS BELFAST at the beginning of WW 2. Cruising the Past – Cruise History – 70 years ago this week, during the first weeks of World War 2, the HMS Belfast captured the Hamburg South America liner SS Cap Norte. SS Cap Norte The above is the front and back ... Read More »

HITLER ON A CRUISE – GERMANS BUILT FIRST CRUISE SHIPS JUST BEFORE WW 2

Hitler on a Cruise, 1939 – Adolf Hitler chats with several young women on a promenade of the German cruise ship Robert Ley (named after a prominant Nazi labor leader) on its maiden voyage in April, 1939. Cruise History: The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The SS Robert Ley The Swimming ... Read More »

THE FRENCH LINE – SS LIBERTE – 1950s

Cruising the past: The SS Europa was the pride of Norddeutscher Lloyd Line in the 1930s. She was the sister ship of the SS Bremen. Sadly the Second World War caused an end to her years in German hands and she was handed to the French as war reparations. As SS Liberte, the ship became the stop gap flagship for ... Read More »

PASADENA SANTA FE STATION – GATEWAY TO HOLLYWOOD

The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café.  This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »

Airlines History – The Stewardess – During the 1960s – The period of the AMC award winning MAD MEN TV Series

Airline History – The Stewardess – MAD MEN: Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Stewardesses play apart in the MAD MEN TV series and our a ... Read More »

Trans-Pacific Liner Memories – the NYK and OSK passenger ships – postcards from the heyday of Japan’s great trans-Pacific passenger fleet area between WWI and WWII.

Trans-Pacific Liner Memories – the NYK and OSK passenger ships – postcards from the heyday of Japan’s great trans-Pacific passenger fleet area between WWI and WWII. M/S Asama Maru (1929) and M/S Tatsutu Maru (1930) – NYK Line One of Japan’s proudest periods in passenger shipping was the 1929 building of two of the finest and most luxurious ships ever ... Read More »