Monthly Archives: February 2011

On a Mission to Save Cruise Ship and Ocean Liner Décor

Peter Knego at Alang (India) in 2005 with the former RMS WINDSOR CASTLE. Photo by Kaushal Trivedi, copyright MidShipCentury.com 2005. Peter Knego is a top authority on passenger maritime history along with being a major cruise travel journalists. His excellent stories on ships are featured regularly on the Maritime Matters website. But when he’s not doing all that, he is ... Read More »

2011 Hotel Review: London’s elegant historic Athenaeum Hotel is our choice for the best in London.

Hotel Review: London’s elegant historic Hotel Athenaeum is our choice for the best in London. A boutique FIVE STAR PLUS gem with a link to the past. One can never capture the feeling of cruising the past in most hotels today.  That chic traveling public is gone.  Clients arriving from a trans-Atlantic crossing on the liners Queen Mary or United ... Read More »

US LINES – S.S. America… the Lady who died of shame – Luxury Liner, Troop Carrier, Immigrant Ship, Casino, Prison Hulk

Great YOUTUBE video from www.shipgeek.com of the S.S. AMERICA: taking a final break from her trans-Atlantic service on a cruise to Bermuda in 1963. The following year one of the last American flag liners would be sold off for immigrant travel from the UK to Australia. UNITED STATES LINES: S.S. America…  Luxury Liner, Troop Carrier, Immigrant Ship, Casino, Prison Hulk ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES beating all odds is saved.

In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s own orchestra, is a nostalgic journey back to cruising the past. Beating the odds, a small group of ship-lovers is finally taking ownership of the ... Read More »

Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent.

Social History: Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of  John Singer Sargent. “A number of Juan Bastos’ portraits remind me of [John Singer] Sargent.” Gore Vidal YouTube video on the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (originally titled Portraits d’enfants). A painting by John Singer Sargent. (Left: Gore Vidal’s painting by Juan Bastos) Juan Bastos has the unique ... Read More »

Social History – The traditional past and Locke-Ober… still the Boston Brahmin dining retreat!

American social history: Locke-Ober… the grand French restaurant in Boston. The Brahmin city is so lucky.   Jack’s in San Francisco and Perino’s in Los Angeles are gone.   So are most of the wonderful American traditional restaurants.  These were dining establishments that would have never permitted some parvenu wearing a baseball cap or backpack to dine amongst the swells.   ... Read More »

SAILING THE GREAT LAKES on the SS SOUTH AMERICAN and SS NORTH AMERICAN

Cruise and liner history: SAILING THE GREAT LAKES on the SS SOUTH AMERICAN and SS NORTH AMERICAN The history of commercial passenger shipping on the Great Lakes is long but uneven. It reached its zenith between the mid-19th century and the 1950s. As early as 1844, palace steamers carried passengers and cargo around the Great Lakes. By 1900, fleets of ... Read More »

The Nomadic will be restored. The tender ferried passengers to the RMS Titanic.

The Nomadic and the RMS Titanic Cruise Liner History:  Belfast, Northern Ireland. Harland and Wolff shipyard has won a £2 million contract to help restore the boat which ferried passengers to the Titanic. The money was awarded by the European Union with additional funding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and will primarily cover work associated with the steelwork and ... Read More »

Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes)

Ocean Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes) In 1835 the French Government created a state owned steamship service between Marseilles and the Levant. This continued until 1851 when it was transferred to the management of Messageries Nationales (the state operated road communication concern). The shipping side of the business was split from the road activities in 1852 under ... Read More »