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RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner.

RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner. Last photo taken of the RMS Titanic – Sailing away from Queenstown, Ireland.  The majority of the 700-plus steerage passengers on the RMS Titanic were emigrants. Only 25 percent of the Titanic’s third-class passengers survived, and of that 25 percent, only a fraction were men. By contrast, about ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were “regulars” aboard the famous liner during the trans-Atlantic liner’s years of service. They used the SS United States like the Concord.

Come take a transatlantic aboard the majestic SS United States with this unidentified family circa 1965 who recorded everything with their trusty 8mm camera. Fascinating color shots of cars being loaded by cargo crane, relaxing on deck, kids playing… set to the music of the Meyer Davis Orchestra, it’s almost like being there! Our thanks to for this wonderful ... Read More »


“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »


Paris (Carmel) Theatre and Sunset Five Cinema – “Adults Only”!  Has the Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood replaced the old Paris Theatre with “adults only” entertainment?  The Carmel Theater opened on 19th November 1924 was operated as a successful adult movie house (re-named the Paris Theatre) from 1966 to 1976.  It was seriously damaged by fire in January 1976 and was ... Read More »

San Francisco celebrates the 100th anniversary of the city’s famous cable car and streetcar system.

Social and Travel History: The San Francisco Municipal Railway’s first day of operation was December 28, 1912. There were 10 streetcars and one line that ran from Geary and Market out to Golden Gate Park. Read all about it in this excellent story by Carl Nolte and our thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle. Excellent video of the Muni from 1906 ... Read More »

Rumor Mill Over Dubai-Based QE2 Liner Scrap Threat – Former owner Cunard Line dismisses reports that the Queen Elizabeth II liner will be scrapped.

Cruise History and News: Rumor Mill Over Dubai-Based QE2 Liner Scrap Threat – Former owner Cunard Line dismisses reports that the Queen Elizabeth II liner will be scrapped. As reactions spread around the globe on Facebook, Twitter, newspapers comments and enthusiasts’ websites, Cunard have felt it necessary to issue a statement on their own Facebook page regarding the UK Daily ... Read More »

FAMOUS CRUISE SHIPS: The Clipper Line’s M.V. Stella Polaris, completed in 1927, was the first custom built cruise ship. She was considered the “Royal Yacht” of cruising and was one of the most deluxe forms of ocean travel into the 1960s.

The most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years, and probably in the history of cruising is the Stella Polaris. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising.  She sailed to the Mediterranean, North Cape, Caribbean and Around The World.  She had no rivals. On the World Cruise there was more ... Read More »


VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from CRUISING THE PAST… Cruising The Past: WHEN DO THE GOOD THINGS START from the hit London revival of SNOOPY. Cruising the Past: JUST ONE PERSON from the CBS ANIMATED SPECIAL of SNOOPY. Snoopy!!! The Musical is a musical comedy with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady – the book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur ... Read More »

Review: Les Misérables: Movie musical might be called Les Miss! No stars!

For his adaptation of the kitsch-fest known as Les Miz, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) bets heavily on his cast, and loses big. His musical strategy is to have the singing done live on set, and to have the camera bore in on the actors, especially during solos. The singing does indeed have immediacy, and the close-ups give the audience ... Read More »


Earl Carroll review in the 1920s. In December 1934, the refurbished Earl Carroll Theatre located on the south-east corner of 7th Ave and 50th Street, New York City, opened as the French Casino. This glittering supper club was described by Fortune magazine as ‘a vast scarlet and silver restaurant which, in terraced rows of tables, seats fifteen hundred people without ... Read More »

Discovery Channel: “What Destroyed the Hindenburg?” – Sunday, Dec 16 at 9PM features airship historian Dan Grossman

Discovery Channel: “What Destroyed the Hindenburg?” – Sunday, Dec 16 at 9PM features airship historian Dan Grossman Preview of the documentary…    Tonight’s excellent “What Destroyed the Hindenburg?” documentary on the Discovery Channel features airship historian Dan Grossman. Read Dan’s blog from his excellent website: The new Discovery Channel documentary “What Destroyed the Hindenburg?” airs Sunday, December 16, at 9 ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – One of the most famous cruise-ships, the millionaires yacht, visits Sydney, Australia in 1951 on her annual world cruise. Comedian Oliver Hardy is interviewed as he sails from New York aboard the RMS Caronia in 1950.

Famous comedian Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy) is interviewed abroad Cunard Line’s RMS Caronia on a TV show in 1950.  He is sailing with his wife from New York to Europe.  They departed on June 10, 1950.  Hardy was joining partner, Stan Laurel, to make a new film in France. The Cunard Line’s RMS Caronia arrives in Sydney, Australia on ... Read More »

ITALIAN LINE’S TN MICHELANGELO AND THE STORM: When trans-Atlantic ocean liners were faced with “Hurricane Sandy” weather…

Italian TV news celebrates vintage newsreel footage of the new TN Michelangelo…  TN Michelangelo was an Italian ocean liner built in 1965 for Italian Line by Ansaldo Shipyards, Genoa. She was one of the last ships to be built primarily for liner service across the North Atlantic. Her sister ship was the TN Raffaello. Although grand in every way, sadly ... Read More »

Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty” Exposes Bin Laden Hunt and Kill – Carries on the “West meets Arab” spy thriller tradition…

Social History – Spies and the Middle East proves rich background for films – Zero Dark Thirty carries on tradition. Early 1900 spies in Middle East- The Director of Military Intelligence (UK), Colonel Sir Francis Wingate, talking to an Arab civilian on leaving a train on the Sudan Military Railway, possibly near Atbara. Colonel Wingate spoke fluent Arabic. The Arab ... Read More »


HISTORY OF AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES… Early History of Oldest Continuously Operating U.S. Steamship Company The Pacific Mail Steamship Company, predecessor of the American President Companies Ltd., was founded in 1848, two years before the transcontinental railroad was completed; its founding at this time provides American President Companies its claim as the oldest continuously operated steamship company in the United States. ... Read More »