Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former private railway car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.

The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.  See for yourself as Michael L. Grace takes us on a smooth ride cross country featured today in New York ... Read More »


By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang in India. Others say better a floating hotel than being ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Ship models of the famous liners NIEUW AMSTERDAM, TITANIC, REX and AMERICA are more than decorative art. For celebrity collectors such as actor Nicholas Cage they are a living history.

A youtube video showing a wonderful lifelike model of the legendary ocean liner SS Rex cruising “at sea.” Ship models have been considered a legitimate decorative art form for the past four hundred years throughout northern Europe and more recently in 19th and 20th centuries in North America. Of course ship models have been prized objects of art since 2000 ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Cunard’s QE2 – Was the famed cruise ship an overrated legend?

Malcolm Oliver’s cruise blog questions the historical significance and legend of Cunard Line’s QE2.  It is interesting reading for anyone interested in cruise line and cruise ship history: Cunard’s QE2 – An Overrated Legend? by Malcolm Oliver Introduction By the time that you read this the QE2 will have retired and be undergoing the process of being converted to become ... Read More »

Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the summer of 1939.  By the time this “young commuter” would ... Read More »

Cruise History: San Francisco Chronicle review of Duncan O’Brien’s “THE WHITE SHIPS: A TRIBUTE TO MATSON’S LUXURY LINERS”. When ad campaigns announced the “SS Lurline is Hawaii” and celebrities such as Elvis Presley sailed aboard Matson’s famed ships!

  Duncan O’Brien’s “The White Ships: A Tribute to Matson’s Luxury Liners” is a wonderful accolade to the famous pioneer California steamship company and their cruise ships that lasted into the 1970s.  Focusing on the elegant steamers Malolo, Mariposa, Monterey, Lurline and Matsonia. It’s not just the facts about some liners speed and dimensions.  O’Brien’s book goes far beyond that. ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s cruise ship QE2 is now a hotel. Cruise history ends for luxury liner, another begins in Dubai as a floating resort moored off an artificial palm-shaped island.

Dubai World’s Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at the QE2 handover ceremony November 27th. At 2pm yesterday (Nov 27th) a glorious era came to a close in cruise line history and another began as developer Nakheel officially took delivery of the QE2. That was the moment when the contract to transfer ownership from UK shipping company Cunard was signed as the ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Cunard Line’s legendary liner QE 2 docks for the last time at Dubai. End of an era in Trans-Atlantic travel. Joins RMS Queen Mary as hotel.

The liner Queen Elizabeth 2 arrives in Dubai, escorted by the UAE Coast Guard, Nov. 26, 2008. More than 60 naval vessels and private boats have met the 70,000-ton ship in the Persian Gulf as it heads for its new home, moored next to an artificial island. One by one they appeared on the horizon today in Dubai, circling and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Cunard Line’s QE 2 – Dates with Royalty Commemorative “Farewell” Menu

Front menu cover picture: Her Majesty The Queen, with Captain Warwick and Cunard Chairman Sir Basil Smallpiece, inspects the Britannia figurehead in the Britannia restaurant (now Mauretania Restaurant). 1 May 1969 (Thanks to Dan Cottle and his interesting website To recognize the 2008 Farewell Season of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, Cunard’s UK Public Relations Department presented to passengers commemorative and ... Read More »