Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

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 Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson ...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 »

CHASEN’S – the famous Hollywood restaurant lasted into the 1990s and no credit cards were honored. 

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! Now the once famous eatery is a supermarket catering to the new rich and what Dave Chasen would call the déclassé. Ava ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – New York’s Showplace of the Nation…

Over 700 movies opened at the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL from King Kong to the Sound of Music.   One of the greatest Art Deco structures ever built, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most well known landmarks of New York City. Showing a mixture of movies and shows for almost fifty years, the format was changed in 1979 ... Read More »

Does Madonna know that two cruise ships were named after (Evita) Eva Peron?

The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: www.timetableimages.com). The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA.   Argentina was the only South American country to operate long distance intercontinental ... Read More »

Passage to INDIA…

British India Steam Navigation Company (“BI”) was formed in 1856 as the Calcutta and Burmah Steam Navigation Company. Great video that tells the BI story from the 1950s… The company had been formed out of Mackinnon, Mackenzie & Co, a trading partnership of the Scots William Mackinnon and Robert Mackenzie, to carry mail between Calcutta and Rangoon. It became British ... Read More »

Immigrants to America on the SS IMPERATOR

Millions of Americans have made the United States the most multicultural nation in the world. From the time Ellis Island opened in upper New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty in 1892 to the time it closed in 1954, it served as the portal for the vast majority of new immigrants. They arrived aboard German, British, Italian, French, Polish ... Read More »

Furness Bermuda Line…

The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda… Entering Service in February 1933 the RMS Queen of Bermuda was one of two ships nicknamed “the Honeymoon Ships” and “the Millionaires Ships”… Her sister being the slightly older RMS Monarch of Bermuda. They were ordered by Furness Bermuda Line for a weekly service out of New York to Bermuda, and became ... Read More »