Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

FRENCH LINE’S SS DE GRASSE – a great Trans-Atlantic liner that sailed for the French Line from New York to Europe after World War 2…

The SS De Grasse was the liner that represented France and the French Line after World War 2. She sailed dramatically from the USA (New York) to Europe through the late 1940s and into the 1950s when the larger French Line vessels replaced her as the only queen of the Atlantic. The French Line’s SS De Grasse.  The first liner ... Read More »

P&O Lines in the 1950s…

Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history. Read More »

1950s CRUISE FASHIONS… From Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly.

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for women of the 50s and 60s, just take ... Read More »

Flight Attendants (Stewardesses) on MAD MEN TV Series… from PSA to Pan Am to TWA…

Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade. Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the period of MAD MEN. Set in 1960s New York, the ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA…

One of the most famous cruise-ships, the millionaires yacht, visits Sydney, Australia in 1951 on her annual world cruise. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship prior to “The Love Boat” era… The passenger list was filled with America’s rich. One of the best social history travel history films. This is an excellent Cunard Line advertising film of the CARONIA through ... Read More »

CANADIAN steamers and cruise-ships to Alaska from the Klondike Gold Rush to the 1950s…

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 »

When the Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners…

Cunard Lines, like many other steamship companies during the 1930s through the 1960s, had public relations staff and photographers cover sailing day of all their liners – including the RMS Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Medea, Parthia and Caronia.   They photographed the stars as they crossed the pond and sailed from New York.  Here is a collection of photos of ... Read More »

THE GRAND MANNER OF MATSON…

Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, is a beautifully produced book covering all six of Matson’s most famous liners, from the maiden voyage of the “Malolo” in 1926 to the farewell of the “Mariposa” in 1978. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson ... Read More »

BIANCA C – When a cruise-ship becomes a deep sea diving attraction off the island of Grenada…

The Bianca C, on the ocean floor off the island of Grenada, faces strong tidal currents, making this an advanced deep dive (with a checkout dive required). The top deck lies at 90 feet and most dives proceed around the stern, where you can swim into the pool, visit the wheelhouse on the aft deck and peer down at the ... Read More »

History of Cruise Fashion…

In the early days of cruising, people who went on ocean voyages filled their Louis Vuitton steamer trunks with finery. Ahoy there fellow shipsters! Here’s some delightful 16mm home movies in both black and white and color shot aboard a Caribbean cruise on the SS Haiti of the Colombian Line. When dining at the captain’s table, the women wore gowns, ... Read More »