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What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia?

The sight of behemoth pleasure vessel Costa Concordia sideways in the sea became an indelible image around the world. Here’s the full story of how this entirely avoidable vacation-turned-nightmare unfolded. The surreal sight of the Costa Concordia on Jan. 14, 2012, crippled and capsized off the Italian coast the morning after the accident, became an iconic image worldwide. – AP/Wide World ... Read More »

Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s…

Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea… Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United ... Read More »

PRINCESS LINERS from Vancouver to Victoria. The Canadian Pacific “night boats”!

Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada.   The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.  Trial Island is seen in the background.  The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities ... Read More »

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green…

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE  is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green… Dining aboard the CELEBRITY ECLIPSE…  The ship is a Las Vegas resort at sea with a putting green…  Should you want an ocean-liner experience, look to Cunard, Holland-America Line or a smaller Celebrity ship.  But if you want an endless list ... Read More »

President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush cross the Atlantic

Reliving the 1950s AND 1960s … When Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners… President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara are back home in the US after fulfilling their ambition to cross the Atlantic by sea. Bush, who also took daughter Dorothy and grand-daughter Gigi on the trip, said of the voyage when he arrived on board: “I’ve ... Read More »

ANTHONY CORNERO, LOS ANGELES AND THE GAMBLING SHIP S.S. REX…

S.S. Rex display advertisement… The Italian ocean liner S.S. Rex. The Los Angeles gambling ship S.S. Rex. The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable) SS REX was operated ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS

Cruise and Ocean Liner History: THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS The Golden Age Of Ocean Liners – Excellent BBC Documentary… Paul Atterbury embarks on an alluring journey into the golden age of ocean liners, finding out how these great ships made such a mark on the popular imagination and why they continue to enchant to this day. Read More »

Social History: AT&T cable linking the USA to Cuba during the 1950s…

This is a wonderful retro AT&T film on the telephone cable linking the mainland USA and Cuba during the 1950s… USA Social History: The Cuban American Telephone & Telegraph Co. first linked the mainland U.S. (Key West) with Cuba in 1921. That first cable was extremely primitive, just two wires protected by insulation and armor. Read More »