Monthly Archives: September 2010

WHEN CRUISE SHIPS WERE LINERS.

Social History and Cruise History:  Scenes from the 1930s and 1950s… when cruise ships were elegant liners.  Ships that made liner voyages trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, etc.  They would “cruise” in the off-season.  Feast on these photos of sophistication – of a bygone and forgotten era. First Class promenade deck aboard the Matson Line’s S.S. Monterey sailing from San Francisco to Sydney ... Read More »

Strates Shows, Inc. is the one and only railroad carnival in the United States.

Social History: Strates Shows, Inc. is the one and only railroad carnival in the United States. The Orlando, Florida based carnival company uses a 61-car train to transport the carnival equipment and employees to fairs, festivals and events throughout their seven-month season. In one season alone the train will visit 16 different locations and cover more than 6,500 miles. In ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »

Messageries Maritimes – Passenger liner arriving from Vietnam.

The French passenger liner SS La Marseillaise is seen arriving in Marseillaise from Vietnam during the 1950s.  She was the largest and most luxurious ship operated by  by the steamship company Messageries Maritimes. La Marseillaise operated between France and the Far East. The elegant vessel was launched in 1944 in the name of Marshal Petain (who was a French general ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT

THE LOVE BOAT - The hit TV series was a major cultural phenomenon from the 1970s into the 1980s.  The TV show altered the style of cruising by ship. Jeraldine Saunders, a former cruise director, was the woman who revived the cruise industry with her book — The Love Boats. “Love Boat” became a household phrase throughout the world after ... Read More »

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay 1928 saw the appearance of the first of the gambling ships that floated off the Los Angeles County coastline. Although it was illegal to conduct a gambling operation in California, the state’s jurisdiction only extended three miles offshore. There was nothing in Federal law that forbid gambling, ... Read More »

HISTORY of the ITALIAN LINE

SOCIAL HISTORY and LINER HISTORY – THE ITALIAN LINE ITALIAN LINE HISTORY The Italian Line or Italia Line, also known as the Italia di Navigazione S.p.A., was a passenger shipping line that operated regular transatlantic service between Italy and the United States, as well as Italy and South America. During the late years ’60, the company was also heavily involved ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX… Dodsworth features much social history and includes scenes aboard the wonderful Italian liner the REX.  Dodsworth is one of the great classic American films.   Our first story on ocean liners in the movies features the Italian Line’s fabulous liner – THE REX.  Dodsworth also used ... Read More »