Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

SS FLORIDA – MIAMI, FLORIDA to HAVANA, CUBA – $42 per person Cruise during the 1940s…

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The P&O (Peninsular & Occidental) Steamship Company owned this long-serving liner and operated her from SS Florida throughout her 37-year career, except for 4 years in World War II. Originally the SS Florida connected Tampa, Key West and Havana. In 1934 service was transferred to a Miami-Havana route; in 1954 a weekly Miami-Nassau roundtrip was tried briefly to compete with ... Read More »

Costa Concordia, shipwrecked cruise liner, completes last voyage… Cruise-ships can be very dangerous…

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The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped. The ship before the negligent disaster by Costa Lines and Carnival Cruises.   The nightmare cruise. If this happened in an open sea – thousands more than the TITANIC would die. Cruise-ships can be very dangerous. Especially when off-shore greedy corporations have ... Read More »

The Coast Daylight was the most beautiful train in the world…

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The Coast Daylight had its inaugural run on March 1, 1937 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It was hauled by GS-2 steam locomotives. It was the first of the Daylight series that also included the San Joaquin Daylight, Shasta Daylight, Sacramento Daylight, and Sunbeam. The Coast Daylight ran behind steam from March 1937 until it was dieselized on January ... Read More »

Save the SS UNITED STATES…

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Once upon a time, it carried stars, princes and potentates across the Atlantic in high style and at great speed. The SS United States sails into New York during the early 1950s… When travel was first class and not some private just occupied by celebrities with parents who shop at Walmart. The SS America and SS United States docked in ... Read More »

ARE YOU SAFE AT SEA? OCEAN LINER AND CRUISE-SHIP MURDERS, RAPES AND CRIMES AGAINST PASSENGERS… famous actress was murdered and thrown overboard by crew member…

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Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have made cruise history.   The romantic decks of “The Love Boat” can be a very dangerous place.  And crimes still happen today aboard cruise ships.  The International Cruise Victims organization is an advocate group with many suspicious deaths listed. Actress Gay Gibson, the victim, Cabin Steward James Camb, ... Read More »

4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century… the SS TASHMOO

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Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day…  4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company in Wyandotte, Michigan for Detroit’s White Star Line. The Tashmoo was nicknamed the “White ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON sailed 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

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They were called the Big White Steamers. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. The SS ... Read More »