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PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS…

Looking back at Pan Am… the mightiest airline in the world!  Pan Am 747… Death of An American Dream – The Pan Am Story Documentary tells the story of how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet-age and shrank the globe. This was the greatest airline in the world… Pan Am was America!  A Pan Am video from 1958 to show ... Read More »

1936 German/Nazi Olympics were a destination aboard ships of the North German Lloyd Line.

For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the Summer Olympics.  Midnight sailings were offered  on the liners Bremen and Europa. This ad appearing in the Literary Digest (1936) exploits the Winter and Summer Olympics with service aboard North German Lloyd liners the EUROPA and BREMEN available from New York with ... Read More »

The TSS AWATEA (Union Steamship Company overtakes the SS MARIPOSA (Matson Lines) – August 1938….

Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s! TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman ... Read More »

Steamboat Days on the Mississippi River – Cruise aboard the GORDON C. GREENE in 1949 – $10.00 per day…

This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene heads down the Mississippi for New Orleans. (Left: Capt. ... Read More »

PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines – APL, Matson Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Line, etc. – faced the same fate when the US government withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was that the ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL…

Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here 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 ... Read More »

American Export Lines – Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and I Love Lucy…

The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. 1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. (All USA officers, staff and cruise) The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  The ships were two ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station…

Kim Novak arrived aboard the Southern Pacific’s GOLDEN STATE from Chicago.  Alan Ladd and Virginia Leith travelled aboard the Santa Fe’s SUPER CHIEF from Chicago. From all-Pullman trains, deluxe service and 1950s glamour to Amtrak.  Now a memory of the great trains of LA Union Station and a past now gone with the wind.  Popular star Kim Novak steps off the ... Read More »

Cruising in the late 1960s… Color home movies aboard Home Line’s OCEANIC… “The largest ship built exclusively for cruising!”

The OCEANIC was one of the most successful cruise-ships of her time. Oceanic had one of the first Balcony/Terrace Suites. Cruise History: By the mid 1960s, when jets had killed off all but the stragglers on the North Atlantic, Home Lines introduced the OCEANIC. Once it was late enough for people to have forgotten the initial intention for the ship ... Read More »

Matson Line’s famed liner SS LURLINE in San Diego…

The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were the SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro and the sister-ship MS Achille Lauro…

On October 7, 1985, four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked the Italian MS Achille Lauro liner off the coast of Egypt, as she was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel. The MS Angelina Lauro was the sister-ship… MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship ... Read More »

Death ships: COSTA CONCORDIA revisited… SEWOL, the Korean Ferry, Becomes 100th Passenger Vessel Lost Since 2002…

At least four people are dead and nearly 300 missing after a ferry boat sank off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday. Authorities initially reported most of the passengers were rescued but quickly backtracked and raised casualty figures dramatically as the scale of the tragedy became clear. The passenger ferry was carrying more than 462 people on board, most of them ... Read More »

MICKEY ROONEY (1920-2014) RIP – from the RMS QUEEN MARY to the SUPER CHIEF to ANDY HARDY on the SS CATALINA…

“Tennessee Williams, who knew more about actors than anybody in our time … said, ‘There’s only one great actor in the United States and that is Mickey Rooney. … He can do anything. He sings, he dances, he can make you weep. He can play tragedy, he can play comedy,’ ” Gore Vidal – 2007 Mickey Rooney (one of the ... Read More »

The Bianca C (formerly the La Marseillaise and Arosa Sky) ended up as a 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 »

THE “NIGHT FERRY” carried the DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR from LONDON TO PARIS…

The “Night Ferry” was the first, and until the opening of the Channel Tunnel the only, through train from London to Paris. The “Night Ferry” being loaded to cross the English Channel. The train was made up of sleeping cars provided by the CIWL (Companie Internationale des Wagon-lits or International Sleeping Car Company) of “Orient Express” fame. (Left) The Duke ... Read More »