Fall River’s Borden family helped fund the company. They were mainly known for their famous family member: Lizzie Borden. She was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother… Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the ... Read More »
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PASSENGER LISTS – When people traveled by sea on a regular basis. Who was aboard? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Gloria Vanderbilt or Grace Kelly?
Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel. Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth. From French Line to Cunard to Matson – passenger lists were “bibles” aboard ship. Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, ... Read More »
Cruise and Social History: J. P. Morgan’s most beautiful cruise-ship ever to sail… the S.S. CORSAIR… A style we will never see again…
J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, made cruise history, owning four magnificent yachts christened Corsair, and ... Read More »
THE CHILEAN LINE – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) from New York to Chile in the 1930s…
Alonso de Ercilla, Chilean Motorship TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2. This is the cover of a ... Read More »
Two more months and the SS United States could head to the scrap yard. Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project.
SS United States arrives in New York – 1950 Travel and Social History: Two more months and the SS United States may head to the scrap yard. Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project. The SS United States, docked in Philadelphia, has been working towards the goal of raising enough money to save the ship ... Read More »
2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!
2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and ... Read More »
Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… cruising for masochists and ghouls?
Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… Titanic II… I agree with Hazel Gaynor’s piece in the Irish Examiner. The “Titanic II” is just another media gimmick. No one in their right mind is going to sail across the Atlantic on some seven day recreation of a pre-World War I Disney-ride. Imagine being aboard an old ... Read More »
Brooks Bros. collection for the new film The Great Gatsby – very 1929 cruising fashion… The First Class Lounge on board MS Kungsholm – by many regarded as one of the most beautiful rooms afloat. The MS Kungsholm (II)/Italia – 1928 – 1965 The MS KUNGSHOLM was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1928. Her gross registered tonnage was 21,256 and ... Read More »
The cargo-passenger ships MV EVITA and MV EVITA PERON offered liner service to Argentina from Europe and the USA. They featured cruises to South America…
Liner and Cruise Line History: Does Madona know that Eva Peron had two ships named after her? The Argentine cargo-passengers liners were called the MV EVITA and the MV EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the MV JUAN PERON. The ships operated from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. The ships were streamlined and yacht like. ... Read More »
GOOD MORNING! – Breakfast aboard the Cunard Line when “getting there was half the fun”! MAD MEN memories – during the 1950s and 1960s… Specialty of Cunard: Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise for breakfast…
Specialty of Cunard: Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise for breakfast… During the heyday of Trans-Atlantic service, Cunard Line’s extensive fleet of ships, from the RMS Queen Mary to the RMS Caronia, provided extensive breakfast offerings in all classes. We’ve included first, cabin and tourist class breakfast menus. These menus are for liner voyages (New York to Europe) and not cruises. On ... Read More »
CRUISING THE PAST AUCTIONS – RMS TITANIC and RMS QUEEN MARY MEMORABILIA… RMS QUEEN MARY AUCTION… April 26th: Grogan and Company Auction: LARGE ASSEMBLAGE OF RMS QUEEN MARY ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PLANS; Morris & O’Connor, N.Y., Architects; the renderings of various interior sections of the ship comprising approximately 156 loose, unmounted drawings, 11 large scale mounted drawings, 1 framed ... Read More »
MS PILSUDSKI docks in New York – 1938… On November 26 1939, over seventy years have passed since the Polish legendary ocean liner M/S Pilsudski, one of the largest and most modern passenger ships that sailed under the Polish flag, sank off the English coast. Today, the ship herself is shrouded in mystery, probably comparable with that of the legendary ... Read More »
Social History: NASCAR’s earliest days forever connected to bootlegging… Bootlegger speeding away. Perfect training ground for NASCAR. The stories would be very nearly clichéd, if they weren’t at the same time oh-so true. If you’re even remotely familiar with NASCAR lore, you know the tales. A bunch of dirt poor good ol’ boys who lived anywhere from Virginia on down ... Read More »
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 coastal Canada and a clam wrapped up in a box. The Bug ... Read More »
The RMS Queen of Bermuda docked in Hamilton, Bermuda – 1950s. One of the most beautiful cruise ships of all times. The Furness Line vessel was designed for cruising to Bermuda in the style of a great liner and lasted until 1966. Read More »