Monthly Archives: May 2011

EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY – NIGHT BOATS ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services. The steamship Calvin Austin pulls away from the Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Lubec. Pope’s Folly island appears in the immediate background. Austin was President of the Eastern Steamship Company, formed in 1901 by a merger of the Eastern Steam Ship Co. with other lines. In 1901, Charles ... Read More »

THE ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Photos and History

Ocean Liner History: The Alaskan shipping industry began to grow in the late 1800s with the expansion of fishing and cannery activities. As a result, there was a dramatic increase in the need for transportation of other products to and from the lower 48 states. In 1894, six men, recognizing this need, incorporated; they gathered $30,000 by selling 300 shares ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Social History: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Cars, cars and more cars! They just seem to keep coming in, nonstop. The summer weather is warm, especially warm for evening. The car hops are busily skating around the parking lot delivering sizzling hot cheeseburgers, mouth-watering milkshakes, and golden french fries. The kitchen is busy ... Read More »

TITANIC CENTENARY CELEBRATION!

Titanic Centenary Celebration! by Tom Ruprecht FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST – Satirical piece by Tom Ruprecht.  He recently left Late Show with David Letterman after 12 years, and 11 Emmy nominations, as a writer on the show where he came up with many signature pieces including “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches.” He is also the author of George W. Bush: ... Read More »

SS EVITA PERON

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »

Cunard Line History – RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947

Cunard Line History – RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947 Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra! Home movies of another era. When “Getting There Was Half The ... Read More »

Cruising overnight from Miami to Havana aboard the S.S. FLORIDA

Cruising overnight from Miami to Havana aboard the S.S. FLORIDA In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it ... Read More »

Georgian Bay Line’s SS South American – The final voyage…

Great video on the final voyage of the SS SOUTH AMERICAN… last American flagged over night passenger ship on the Great Lakes. The Georgian Bay Line began operation in 1913 with the SS North American, which was launched on January 16, 1913. Due to a very profitable first season, the company launched the SS South American on February 21, 1914. ... Read More »