Author Archives: Michael L. Grace


The History of Cruising… The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. By the 1830s ... Read More »

S.S. LA MARSEILLAISE – Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route… from Saigon to the depths of Grenada…

Messageries Maritimes’ flag-ship ended up like mini-Titanic… read on… MM ship leaving Saigon Dating from 1862, Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route was its premier route, serving as it did the Jewel in France’s Crown in the East: Indo-China. Saigon during the golden age before the endless and useless war… Saigon was always MM’s second homeport centred on la ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – “First Lady of the Seas…”

This is a youtube video of SS UNITED STATES including song “First Lady of the Sea” written by Meyer Davis. Davis was a society orchestra leader out of New York. His dance bands performed on most of the American steamship lines operating out of New York. Including the US Lines, Moore-McCormack, Grace Lines and American Export Lines. His only rival ... Read More »

ELDER DEMPSTER LINES – 150 Years Serving West Africa from the UK

Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK’s largest shipping companies, and during its 150-year history, it operated more than 500 ships. Based in the historic port of Liverpool it was the major shipping line to serve West Africa. As well as its cargo ships, the Elder Dempster Lines operated three ocean liners on a scheduled service to Ghana and ... Read More »

Liverpool Liners…the last great days of luxury ocean liner travel…

The last great days of luxury ocean liner travel… See Inside the Book BUY NOW UK: £ 1.50 Europe: £ 2.50 Worldwide: £ 3.50 Memories of the Mersey’s greatest export THIS latest Liverpool Daily Post & Echo book, Great Mersey Liners, is the first photographic panorama dedicated to Liverpool’s world famous fleet of liners and companion volume to Mersey River. ... Read More »


A tribute to the last great ocean liners that haven’t been scrapped — yet! The SS UNITED STATES, SS NORWAY (the former FRANCE) and the doomed SS INDEPENDENCE. The SS UNITED STATES Read More »