Monthly Archives: January 2010

“CATCHER IN THE RYE” AUTHOR J. D. SALINGER, DEAD AT 91, SERVED AS CRUISE DIRECTOR ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM.

MS KUNGSHOLM on Carribean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following informain we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to visit. “The young man—his name was Ray Kinsella, and he was a member of the ship’s Junior ... Read More »

January 2010 – Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE

January 2010 – Cruising The Past Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE We applaud Michael Andelson’s THE WARD LINE terrific website! The Ward Line is best remembered for the ill-fated Morro Castle of 1930. Andelson’s site not only explores the Morro Castle disaster but gives you a unique history of The Ward Line. Footage from the fire of ... Read More »

SAILING ABOARD THE RMS ORCADES -1960S VIDEO

Video of 1950s sailing aboard RMS ORCADES – Tourist class pool area. The RMS Orcades (later SS Orcades) was built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd in Barrow-in-Furness as Yard Number 950. She was launched on the 14th October 1947 and completed on the 14th November 1948. Orcades replaced her predecessor, Orcades II, which had sunk during the war when she was ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – THE GREAT WHITE STEAMER – EARLY VIDEO

This video is from a super 8 home movie collection. It was filmed around 1972. The Great White Steamer sailed to Catalina Island during the summer. This is one of its last trips before being discontinued. The S.S. Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile ... Read More »

The 747 is 40 Years Old Today. Cruising the Past celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft. It was flown by Pan Am between New York and London.

Airline History: The 747 is 40 Years Old Today.  The flight was scheduled for Jan 21, 1970 but departed late on Jan 22.  Cruising the Past celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft.  It was flown by Pan Am between New York and London. A PAN AM 747 TV commercial. (Left: Pan Am ... Read More »

Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938

Cruising the Past: Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 (seen above) and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938. These are great scenes of Holland-America Liner’s TSS ROTTERDAM and the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. The ROTTERDAM IV – 1908 – 1940.  –  Built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the ROTTERDAM IV featured service for 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class ... Read More »

CARIBBEAN CRUISE – 1929 ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM – THE STEAMSHIP ART DECO MASTERPIECE – WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME MOVIES

CARIBBEAN CRUISE – 1929 ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM – A SHIP WHERE J. D. SALINGER WAS CRUISE DIRECTOR –  THE STEAMSHIP ART DECO MASTERPIECE – WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME MOVIES FROM PROMINENT SWEDISH FAMILY For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to visit. The ... Read More »

The Cafe de Paris

Cruising the Past:  Historical look at London’s famous Café de Paris. The Cafe is a London nightclub, opened in 1924, which over the years has featured such performers as Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Gold, Harry Roy, Ken Snakehips Johnson, Bert Ambrose, and Maxine Cooper Gomberg. Louise Brooks made history when she worked there in December 1924, introducing the Charleston (dance) to ... Read More »