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DECEMBER 7th – “The day that will live in infamy!” America at war and at sea. Matson Line’s SS Lurline…

Cruise History and Liner History: The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The SS Lurline made her destination safely, cruising at maximum speed, and soon returned to Hawaii with her Matson sisters SS Mariposa and SS Monterey in a convoy laden with troops and supplies.  December ... Read More »

WALT DISNEY – PAST MEETS FUTURE IN THE NEW DISNEY FANTASY – 5-Star Cruise Ship Review

Walt Disney loved ships.  He sailed with his family aboard many ships.  Disney is seen with his wife and daughters arriving in Honolulu aboard the Matson Lines famed liner SS LURLINE having just arrived from Los Angeles. Disney Cruise Lines carries on this tradition…    CRUISE REVIEW OF THE DISNEY FANTASY When Disney Dream debuted in January 2011, it was ... Read More »

The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers.

Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats.   The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad journey ... Read More »

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY 1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY From Youtube: home movies, a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of ... Read More »

RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”! Cunard Line History…

  Famous comedian Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy) is interviewed abroad Cunard Line’s RMS Caronia on a TV show in 1950.  He is sailing with his wife from New York to Europe.  They departed on June 10, 1950.  Hardy was joining partner, Stan Laurel, to make a new film in France. The Cunard Line’s RMS Caronia arrives in Sydney, Australia ... Read More »

GREAT LINERS – The wonderful memories…

Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive! Read More »

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – in the late 1930s

Experience the Holland America Liner Volendam through color home movies shot aboard a crossing in 1937.  Bon Voyage! The SS VOLENDAM…  For more great cruise videos check out: www.shipgeek.com. Read More »

Harry Chandler’s LASSCO… The Los Angeles Steamship Company and the Los Angeles Times connection…

A 10-piece orchestra of elementary students serenades Times Publisher Harry Chandler. The students also visited Mayor Frank Shaw and school Supt. Frank A. Bouelle. 1936.   The LA Times Harry Chandler and competitor William Randolph Hearst in 1930. Cruise History: Great book published by the Steamship Historical Society of America features company founded by Harry Chandler, Los Angeles Times publisher, ... Read More »

THE LAST AMERICAN FLAG first class passenger-cargo liners… The Grace Line…

The last of American flag passengers ships…  A home video of a trip aboard the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo-passenger ships built by the Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. The first class cargo-passenger ships sailed ... Read More »

THE GATEWAY TO THE SUNSET STRIP…

From the infamous GARDEN OF ALLAH to the mid-century iconic architectural gem LYTTON CENTER to a proposed 20-STORY APARTMENT PROJECT to be built on a major earthquake fault according to experts at CAL TECH… The Garden of Allah was once Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel during from the 1930s through the 1950s.  Corrupt Los Angeles officials ... Read More »

LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY – SOCIAL HISTORY – THE SUPER CHIEF – THE STARS AND PASADENA… GATEWAY TO HOLLYWOOD…

The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café.  This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »

1934: SS MORRO CASTLE… Luxury LIner from New York to Havana… A cruise that ended in disaster.

“El Desastre del Morro Castle” by Leopoldo González interpreted by Trio Matamoros. When the Morro Castle departed Havana for the final time on September 5th 1934, she carried aboard her 318 passengers and a crew of 231. On September 7th, as the voyage drew near to its conclusion, the series of events that culminated in disaster commenced. That night,the weather ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – the “Great White Steamer” – Sails Again from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

The S.S. Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was among several steamships that provided passenger service from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Built at a cost of $1 million for William Wrigley, Jr., the 301-foot steamship carried approximately 25 million passengers to and from Catalina from 1924 through 1975. A great video on the SS CATALINA from Cruising ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS PATRICIA and the THE FIRST LOVE BOAT to sail from Los Angeles…

S.S. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Social History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting Cruising The Past commissioned of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of ... Read More »

CITY OF LOS ANGELES – Rock Hudson aboard the other “Train to the Stars…”

Film star Rock Hudson arrives at Chicago’s Union Station in 1959 aboard Union Pacific’s streamliner City of Los Angeles on a two night trip from California.  The Santa Fe’s Super Chief was known as the Train to the Stars.  But many celebrities preferred Union Pacific’s City of Los Angeles and Southern Pacific’s Golden State. Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the ... Read More »

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer…

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to operate the ship. Waverley then began a second career as ... Read More »

Cary Grant’s S.S. REX – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.  Great video. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable)REX was operated as a gambling ship off Los Angeles by Anthony Cornero.  Gary Grant made a movie in the ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry Driscoll’s fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, ... Read More »

Maritime Menus – New York Times features Cruising The Past… When Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar to the final voyage of the RMS Queen Mary to the Rex…

 In connection with the New York Times excellent story on maritime menus, we’ve assembled a large selection of ocean liner and cruise line menus from the past for viewing.  Cruising the Past was featured in the New York Times.  Click here to read the excellent story on ocean liner menus by Kate Murphy.  First Class on Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC in the 1950s…

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »