Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

The Union Steamship Company…sailing north from Vancouver to Canada and Alaska in the 1950s…

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The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

SS CAP ARCONA… 5,000 plus dead… the other TITANICS…

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The Nazi “Titanic” and one of largest maritime disasters of all time. The 27,561 gross ton liner, named after Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, was launched in 1927. She was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, was the largest German ship on the South American run, and carried upper-class travelers and steerage-class ... Read More »

CAP ARCONA – Video

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The Cap Arcona was a large German luxury ocean liner, formerly of the Hamburg-South America line. It transported passengers between Germany and South America until 1940 when it was taken over by the German Navy. All prisoners of German wartime concentration camps who perished while in German custody are routinely regarded as “victims of Nazism” — even if they lost ... Read More »

The SS Canberra – Last of the liners…

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The World of the 1950s was witnessing the jet age when P&O made plans for their newest ship. Designed for the Australia service, she was built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, the same yard that built the infamous Titanic of 1912. Named for Australia’s capital city Canberra, she would operate jointly with Orient Line’s new Oriana, also under construction ... Read More »

Carnival Cruises announce cruises from USA to Cuba (First Since 1978)…

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Carnival’s Fathom brand cruises will be the first from the USA to Cuba since 1978 and the first from Miami since 1959. The parent company of Carnival, Princess and eight other cruise brands on Monday said the Cuban government had approved its previously announced plans to begin sailings to Cuba out of Miami in May. The cruises, which already are on sale, will ... Read More »

The T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON….

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Does Madonna know that two passengers ships were named after Eva Peron (Evita)? The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: www.timetableimages.com). The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. ... Read More »

The People’s Republic of Cruiseland …

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The cruise industry is coming to China. Tai Chi on the lido deck, anyone? Bloomberg aboard the Costa Atlantica… Aboard the Italian-themed cruise ship Costa Atlantica, two days’ sail from the coast of China, at a special dinner for high-paying passengers, head chef Daniel Martinez began by explaining the concept of bread. “The bread, for us,” he said, “is like ... Read More »

FABULOUS FOX THEATRE – DETROIT – GOP DEBATE LOCATION…

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The Detroit Fox was the first movie theater in the world to be constructed with built-in equipment for sound films. The Fox Film Corporation’s patented sound-on-film system “Movietone” enabled the theater to present sound films from the time of its opening. The lobby and entrance of the Fox Theatre Detroit – One of the Last Great Movie Palaces. Elvis Presley ... Read More »

THE CONCORDIA – Chilling photos of the doomed ship

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On board a ghost ship: Inside the eerie wreckage of the Costa Concordia four years after the luxury cruise liner sank killing 32 people Four years ago, the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia hit a rock and sank while passing the island of Giglio Now a photographer who swam out to its remains has captured the ship’s interior as it ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien

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The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitien (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers and military personnel to French outposts in the Caribbean and the ... Read More »