Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

The streamline modern M.V. Chinook was “The Queen Elizabeth of the Inland Seas”!

The Puget Sound Navigation Company, or the Black Ball Line as it was widely known in the Pacific Northwest, had a long established “night route” between Seattle, Port Angeles, and Victoria. Passengers would embark for a midnight departure time on suites aboard the stately S.S. Iroquois, or, in years past, the S.S. Chippewa or S.S. Indianapolis before the night boat’s ... Read More »

The Bull Lines and the mid-century S.S. Puerto Rico.

In 1902, Archibald H. Bull, who had been a partner in the establishment of the Porto Rico Line seventeen years before, founded A. H. Bull and Company to operate a fleet of cargo steamers in the Puerto Rico trade. After World War I, the company’s fleet was in by the assignment of war-surplus cargo ships. Passenger services were begun in ... Read More »

A great video of the most dangerous and extreme railways in the world!

From the devilish mountain peaks, deep gorges to a temperamental bridge, these trains cross some of the world’s most spectacular and downright dangerous landscapes. If you can handle hair-raising bends and gut-clenching drops, take a ride on the world’s most dangerous railways. Here are the twelve famous dangerous railways featured on “The Most Dangerous Trains in the World” video which ... Read More »

Emigrants, refuges, tourists and students sailed on the Arosa Line in the 1950s

Arosa Line was the trade name for Compañia Internacional Transportadora. The steamship line bought older ships, sailing Trans-Atlantic and on winter cruises out of New York. Thousands of emigrants came from Europe to Canada and the USA on their four ships. In 1949, the shipowner Rizzi had bought his first passenger ship with the Arosa Kulm and after some conversions ... Read More »

Ferry Building and the gateway to San Francisco

Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s was the gateway to San Francisco. The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California. It was located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaching San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES fastest ship in the world.

With the 65th anniversary of the record-breaking voyage of the SS United States, the SS United States Conservancy has published a clip from the documentary film Lady in Waiting showing footage from the ship’s maiden voyage. On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed New York and proceeded to smash the speed record both east and westbound previously held ... Read More »

Celebrating the 4th of July at Sea!

National holidays were celebrated onboard liners and cruise ships with special events and elaborate menus. From Russian Caviar to Filet Mignon to Ice Cup, Independence Gourmandizes. Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 The Anchor Line trans-Atlantic passenger liner CITY OF ROME, built by the Barrow Ship Building Co was the second largest ship of ... Read More »

Honeymooners loved the Night Boats

When the last night boat ended its service in April 1962, a travel editor noted that it would be especially missed by one particular group of passengers: honeymooners. Twelve hours is plenty of time to get to know someone. These “night boats” operated throughout the United States and Canada from the late 1800s into the 1960s. They provided many overnight ... Read More »

Hot cruise entertainer produced video vs the deadly Barry Manilow shows

Instead of those boring shows presented by the cruise lines – the ship’s should rely on their entertainers to produce them.  This is a great video of cast members doing their own video instead of the dreary shows created by someone like Barry Manilow. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having.   They’re wrong. You ... Read More »

MAR-A-LAGO – From Mrs. Post to President Trump

Mar-a-Lago, the grand estate now owned by President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, was built from 1924 to 1927 by cereal-company heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. Trump apparently feels more comfortable at Mar-a-Lago than almost anywhere else, and his pleasure in the estate was in evidence when I spoke to him while researching background on Post’s magnificent yacht ... Read More »