Monthly Archives: June 2011

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. Miller has written some 60 books ... Read More »

The AORANGI – Trans-Pacific ocean liner operating from Australia and New Zealand to Vancouver during the 1930s into the early 1950s.

Cruise and Liner History: The Aorangi was a 600-foot passenger liner built in 1924 by the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand for service between Canada and Australia. But she went into service in troubled times for the world, and consequently got caught up in the midst of the worst hours of World War II. The AORANGI – Trans- Pacific ... Read More »

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s 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 ... Read More »

Vinatage Railroad Ads from 1930s to 1950s

Pullman and Social History: Vintage Railroad Ads – 1930s to 1950s Pullman, the Super Chief, Southern Pacific, the Chief and the 20th Century Limited. 1930s: Go Pullman overnight for $4.75… 1950s : The Shasta Daylight on the friendly Southern Pacific… See more of the great ads by clicking on the following link… Read More »

THE S.S. PORTLAND STARTED THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH!

Cruise and Social History: The S.S. PORTLAND started the Alaska Gold Rush! On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska with 68 miners and a cargo of “more than a ton of solid gold” from the banks of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This set off a rush to Alaska and an era of ... Read More »

RMS CHUSAN – P&O’s “HAPPY SHIP” TO THE FAR EAST

Young boy waiting for the Chusan to be docked in Colon. The RMS Chusan was a British ocean liner and cruise ship, built for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O)’s Indian and Far East Service in 1950. Home movies of the RMS Chusan from 1968 to 1970. Films of crew and passengers. Shots aboard ship and ashore. Covering ... Read More »

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.  Liner and Cruise Ship History – Today’s mass-market cruise industry got its start in the 19th century by Albert Ballin. SS Albert Ballin was an ocean liner of the Hamburg-America Line launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin, visionary director of the line who had killed himself in despair ... Read More »

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO – Italian Line History

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO The SS Conte Biancamano (Italian for “White Hand”) was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1925 by William Beardmore and Company in Glasgow, Scotland, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa and Naples, Italy, and New York City. Her maiden voyage was a destined for the United States. After being acquired by the Italian ... Read More »