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TRAIN OF THE STARS – THE SUPER CHIEF

Social History – Virginia Leith (starred in 20th Century Fox’s KISS BEFORE DYING) appears in a 1950’s publicity film from the Santa Fe RailRoad about “the Super Chief” passenger train which ran between Chicago and California. Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars. Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. Read More »

BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the RMS Titanic and the SS United States.

“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 RMS Titanic and the SS United States. Colonel John J. Astor IV ... Read More »

TITANIC MOVIE – FROM 1929 – PART TWO – Great short movie of the RMS TITANIC.

TITANIC MOVIE – FROM 1929 – PART TWO – Great short movie of the RMS TITANIC. For more information on the RMS TITANIC – Click Here. On April 14,1912 a great ship called the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage. That night there were many warnings of icebergs from other ships. There seems to be a conflict on whether or ... Read More »

SS L’Atlantique of the Cie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique was an unique example for the next ocean liners of the 1930s.

SS L’Atlantique of the Cie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique was an unique example for the next ocean liners of the 1930s, not only in Interior design, modernity, and wonderful Art Deco areas, but also a bad example regarding the risk of “fire”.   Only 16 months she crossed the seas, when her lacquered interiors, wooden panels, were the victims of a fire ... Read More »

“Darling of the Dutch” – Holland-America Line’s trans-Atlantic Liner SS Nieuw Amsterdam on Youtube.

The Steamship Liner S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam was a Dutch ocean liner built in Rotterdam for the Holland America Line. This Nieuw Amsterdam, the second of three Holland America ships with that name, is considered by many to have been Holland America’s finest ship. To this day SS Nieuw Amsterdam is still regarded as one of the most beautiful ships to ... Read More »

TITANIC MOVIE – FROM 1929 – PART ONE

TITANIC MOVIE – FROM 1929 – PART ONE – Great short movie of the RMS TITANIC. For more information on the RMS TITANIC – Click Here. On April 14,1912 a great ship called the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage. That night there were many warnings of icebergs from other ships. There seems to be a conflict on whether or ... Read More »

History of the Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, 1895-1971

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company as she makes her final departure and sails away for the ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES TO BE SCRAPPED.

SS UNITED STATES TO BE SCRAPPED. The SS United States Conservancy says the SS United States, may soon be scrapped. It says the ship’s current owners, Genting Hong Kong through its subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), are currently collecting bids from scrappers. The SS United States was listed for sale in February, 2009. While NCL offered the Conservancy first right ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES WILL BE SCRAPPED OR TURNED INTO A REEF ACCORDING TO SOURCES AT NCL

SS UNITED STATES – Waiting for her future in Philadelphia. A bit of history that deserves a better ending – from today’s MARITIME PROFESSIONAL. Rumor has it that Norwegian Carribean Line  NCL is looking to scrap the SS United States. A more dignified end for her might be sinking her as a reef as she has been stripped of all ... Read More »

SOS SS UNITED STATES – IS THE FAMED LINER HEADING TO THE SCRAP YARDS?

The SS United States sits indefinitely at a pier in Philadelphia, but she was designed to move fast: Her knifelike prow could cut through the ocean at 44 knots. Inset: The luxury liner crossing the Atlantic in the 1960s. SOS FOR THE SS UNITED STATES – PLEASE HELP SAVE HER! Will the famed liner survive 2010? Walt Disney signing an ... Read More »

FAMOUS LINER RMS QUEEN MARY IS GETTING A LONG-OVERDUE MAKEOVER. HUGO MARTIN OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTS.

Social History: The Los Angeles Times reports in a great story by Hugo Martin the RMS Queen Mary is getting a long-overdue makeover. The company that leases the cruise ship turned floating hotel from the city of Long Beach is investing $5 million to upgrade rooms and restaurants. The RMS Queen Mary, famed Cunard liner, which Long Beach purchased in ... Read More »

S.S. LA MARSEILLAISE – Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route… from Saigon to the depths of Grenada…

Messageries Maritimes’ flag-ship ended up like mini-Titanic… read on… MM ship leaving Saigon Dating from 1862, Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route was its premier route, serving as it did the Jewel in France’s Crown in the East: Indo-China. Saigon during the golden age before the endless and useless war… Saigon was always MM’s second homeport centred on la ... Read More »