Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Cruising the Past: The Oakland Tribune tells the story of Pullman Porters. These gracious and hard working men paved the way for the African-American middle class and provided first class professional service aboard the largest hotel system ever created on wheels.

The Oakland Tribune did a great story on a recent Bay Area event honoring former Pullman Porters.  Be sure to visit the Oakland Tribune by clicking here. The Pullman Company provided first class overnight sleeping car service throughout the United States until 1968.   Amtrak has never duplicated the first class service which was provided by the Pullman Porter, this army ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s… Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson.

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s…  Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson. The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the ... Read More »

Cruise History – 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET – Courtesy of www.shipgeek.com

Here’s a charming black and white home movie shot aboard the SS Nantucket as she sailed from Florida to Savannah, Georgia in 1928. This is a wonderful 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET courtesy of www.shipgeek.com on youTUBE. Lots of deck scenes with film of passengers ... Read More »

Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag. They weren’t floating Vegas condos.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruise History: Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag.  They weren’t floating Vegas condos. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »

CRUISE ABOARD A UNION CASTLE LINER TO SOUTH AFRICA IN THE EARLY 1960s…

Youtube video on the Union Castle Lines from the early 1960s… The Union-Castle Line was a prominent shipping line that operated a fleet of passenger liners and freighters between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. The company originated as Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Ltd on 8 March 1900 with the merger of Union Line and Castle Shipping Line, with ... Read More »

Social History: HOTEL ADLON Kempinski – the finest hotel in BERLIN. One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN.

great youTUBE video of Berlin in 1929 with views for the Hotel Adlon… Sailing in the 1920s to Germany from New York on the SS Bremen was very popular.  Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon Hotel in Europe’s favorite destination in the 1920s. Hotel Adlon in ... Read More »

Empire Builder to Milwaukee. From Streamliners to Amtrak.

Youtube video on the change from private rail service to Amtrak. Privately run intercity passenger service in Milwaukee was a thing of the past by early 1971. The Federal government had formed Amtrak to remove the burden of passenger service from the railroads and insure that core passenger routes remained active. By May 1st, when Amtrak rolled into Milwaukee, things ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A new TITANIC Controversy about the “unsinkable” ship – Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans survived aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner?

A new TITANIC controversy.  Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans, who don’t know from standing in lines (or queues), survive aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner RMS TITANIC? You can judge for your self.  A new Titanic controversy is a brewing.  Here are two current news articles on the subject. But first, for those ... Read More »

Cruise History: The SS ANDREA DORIA – Tribute to a great Italian Line ship and its tragic end.

Great video showing the wonderful Italian Liner SS Andrea Doria from her golden years to her tragic sinking. The fabulous SS Andrea Doria — we tribute the great Italian Line and their wonderful ship. We also salute all those loyal cruise passengers who have continued to travel over the years. They are the living history of what it was like ... Read More »