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Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is allegedly selling a fraudulent RMS TITANIC heirloom pocket watch for one million dollars and claiming it is the one worn by John Jacob Astor to his death…

Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is accused of hawking fake heirlooms to Titanic II partiers…  The Astors were a sailing family… Wonderful video of Brooke Astor sailing on scores of ocean liners from the 1900’s – 1950’s. She died in 2007 aged 105. Brooke Astor’s son is allegedly trying out a new fraud as he was allegedly hawking a fake gold ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built!

A wonderful video all about Radio City Music Hall’s great history… At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality ... Read More »

ARE THESE PHOTOS FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA? TAKE A GUESS OR CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU KNOW?

Paul Swift sent us the following great photos. The ship is departing. Crowds, streamers and farewells. Paul couldn’t exactly state where the ship was departing from and had no record in connection with these photos. He suspected it was Sydney, Australia. I consulted maritime expert Peter Knego, Maritime Matters, and he thought it was most likely Sydney. He pointed out ... Read More »

THE 747 OF THE 1920s… THE DORNIER DO X… THE LARGEST FLYING BOAT IN THE WORLD…

The Dornier Do X was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929. First conceived by Dr. Claudius Dornier in 1924, planning started in late 1925 and after over 240,000 work hours it was completed in June 1929. During the years between the two World ... Read More »

SAILING ABOARD THE AROSA LINE in the 1950s. Students and immigrants to and from Europe…

A little known shipping service – THE AROSA LINE – it provided Trans-Atlantic service for immigrants, students and families seeking lower fares. The company carried thousands of German and European immigrants to Canada and the USA during the 1950s. Although the company was known as a Swiss organization, all the ships were registered in countries of convenience such as Panama ... Read More »

Just a long weekend away to Europe, for famed actor Harold Lloyd and family, aboard the SS United States in the 1950s…

Harold Lloyd, wife Mildred Davis, granddaughter Suzanne and dogs returning from a European vacation in the 1950s aboard the SS United States sailing from Europe to New York. Harold Clayton Lloyd, Sr. (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and producer, most famous for his silent comedies. Lloyd crossed the Atlantic dozens of times aboard ... Read More »

CRYSTAL CRUISES carries on the DELUXE PASSENGER TRADITIONS OF THE GREAT NYK LINE…

THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. 5 Stars Rating: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ... Read More »

8MM HOME MOVIES ABOARD THE SS FRANCE AND SS LIBERTE…

From the 1960s… home movie crossing the “pond” from New York to Europe and return… Cruise History: The French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE crossing the pond… Read More »

HRM Queen Elizabeth sails aboard the MS Lord Selkirk II in 1970…

  Queen Elizabeth II aboard the MS Lord Selkirk II. (J.H. Allan collection) The MS Lord Selkirk II was a passenger cruise ship that sailed the Red River and Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Lake Winnipeg’s last cruise ship, she was the largest ever built between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, with accommodation for 130 passengers and 40 crew.  ... Read More »

EVA BRAUN (Hitler’s longtime companion and wife) aboard Hamburg-America Line’s MS Milwaukee on a 1939 cruise.

Eva Braun aboard the MS Milwaukee in 1939. Fragments of one of the best film from the Eva Braun’s collection. We can see Eva reflected in the glass of the Hamburg America Line agency while filming her mother’s arrival in a black Mercedes-Benz. The parts of the film with shots of the ocean and seagulls reveal the great skills Eva ... Read More »

THE GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL … was once (West) Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel.

Social History: A wonderful video of The Garden of Allah…  “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / ‘Til it’s gone / They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot” ?–Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” Urban legend has it that folk music legend and “lady of the canyon” Joni Mitchell penned ... Read More »

THE SS CAP ARCONA…the Nazi “Titanic” and one of the worst maritime disasters of all time.

The Nazi “Titanic” and one of the worst maritime disasters of all time. The 27,561 gross ton SS Cap Arcona, named after Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, was launched in 1927. She was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, was the largest German ship on the South American run, and carried upper-class ... Read More »

GRACE LINE’S SS SANTA ROSA…

A cruise on the Grace Line’s S.S. Santa Rosa across the caribbean and through the Panama Canal in the 1930s. The SS Santa Rosa (1932) (later SS Athinai) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. The vessel was one of four ships (including the Santa Paula, Santa Lucia, and Santa Elena) ordered in 1930 from ... Read More »

QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 SOLD… The famous passenger liner is headed for the high seas again…

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 greets the World Trade Center in the 1990s… DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – After more than four years sitting idle in a Dubai port, the storied passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is bound again for the high seas as part of deal to convert the vessel into a luxury hotel in Asia, officials said Thursday. The ... Read More »