Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

RMS TITANIC – the Smithsonian story and interviews…

For over a decade, “Titanic” stood as the world’s top-grossing movie, an epic tale of love, adventure, disaster and sacrifice. When it was made, James Cameron was lauded for his attention to detail and accuracy, but modern technology and new theories are telling a different story of what really happened to the “unsinkable” ship. Smithsonian interviews historians, engineers, and scientists ... Read More »

MSC CRUISES carries on the tradition of the famous Italian Lines… Wonderful liners like the SS REX…

MSC CRUISES carries on the tradition of the famous Italian Lines… wonderful videos of the early Italian Line ships…  MSC Lirica There is the Italian feeling and ocean going charm of years past. A time when the Italian Line was operating many great ships. The great thing about MSC Cruises is the ships are really Italian and not a hodgepodge ... Read More »

1937 Cruise – From New York to Canada aboard the Eastern Steamship Company… The “Night Boat” series…

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY Home movie of 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 Light ... Read More »

Three young American boys sail first class to Italy aboard the Italian Line’s SS Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1960s…

Three young American boys sail first class to Italy aboard the Italian Line’s SS Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1960s… They are sailing from New York to Italy and will be spending the summer visiting their grand-parents… The following video is a wonderful look at a world now “gone with the ocean going wind”! This kind of cruising or ... Read More »

American flag cruise ships and liners during the 1950s…

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship ... Read More »

AMTRAK – America needs to overhaul our national rail service.

Third rate airlines are not the answer!  It is time to look at the past and find a FIRST CLASS rail service that will compete with the shoddy and dreadful experience of flying in the USA. To economists and financial analysts whose obsession is return on investment, opinion leaders advocating smaller government, and corporate executives captivated by stock prices, Amtrak ... Read More »

NYK LINE – CRYSTAL CRUISES HISTORY…

Cruise line history: Crystal Cruises and NYK LINES. Parent company of Crystal Cruises history in the 1920s and 1930s.  Crystal Cruises carries on a great tradition…  Japan had one of the great passenger liner fleets. NYK carries on with a wonderful first class cruise line fleet since they created Crystal Cruises.  Ad from Travel Magazine in the late 1930s. CRUISE HISTORY – SAILING ... Read More »

1939: Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE – Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. ... Read More »

The Cruising Critic gives Five Star Award to Azamara Club Cruises…

Cruise Line Review: The Cruising Critic gives Five Star Award to Azamara Club Cruises – Upscale Boutique Hotels Afloat creating the first class steamship travel of the past… Azamara Cruises has the feel of smaller first class liners in the past. Such as Cunard and Holland-America Line operated during the heyday of trans-Atlantic service. The ships are comfortable and offer first ... Read More »

GRACE LINE – THE LAST OF AMERICA’S GREAT PASSENGER SHIP STEAMSHIP AND CRUISE LINES…

Wonderful 16mm Silent home movies taken in the 1950s and 60s of Grace Line 52 passenger cargo ship from New York through the Panama Canal to West Coast South American ports of Buenaventura Columbia, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Lima (Callo) Peru, Mollendo Peru, Arica Chile, Antofagasta Chile ending in Barquito (Chanaral) Chile…  Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE ... Read More »