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RMS Titanic – A Night To Remember Film Premiere (1958)

Cruise, Liner and Social History – RMS TITANIC – A Night To Remember film premiere 1958… This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the RMS Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord, and it preceded the blockbuster Titanic by almost 40 years. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from ... Read More »

BON VOYAGE PARTIES – NOW A MEMORY

LINER and SOCIAL HISTORY:  SS Conte Biancamano – Bon Voyage and Sail Away Parties from New York – 1920s and 1950s on You Tube from www.shipgeek.com. CLICK ON THIS YOU TUBE VIDEO: We see two bon voyage parties aboard the ITALIAN LINE’S SS CONTE BIANCAMANO. IN 1920 and 1950. Could it be the same people? You decide! 1926 – Italy’s ... Read More »

HISTORY OF PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS – PAN AM

Pan American Airways began the first transatlantic passenger service on this day in 1939. Pan American World Airways, as it was to be known, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal United States international air carrier from the late 1920s until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating ... Read More »

PASSENGERS LISTS… When cruise and liners had passenger lists!

Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. PASSENGERS LISTS… When cruise and liners had passenger lists! Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the Lurline to the Queen Mary – these were ... Read More »

Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933

Cruise, Travel and Social History: Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933 Carnival Triumph sailing around Hurricane Isabel Picture taken from U.S. Coast Guard helicopter – 17 Sep 2003.  From a reader who has sailed on cruise ships in weather like this: There is a big slow push from the floor as the bow rise over ... Read More »

STARS ABOARD THE SS UNITED STATES

Cruise History and Liner History: Stars aboard the US UNITED STATES… Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid ... Read More »

The RMS Aquitania Arrives In Southampton (1935)

The RMS Aquitania Arrives In Southampton (1935) Newsreel of the Cunard Line RMS ACQUITANIA arriving in Southampton from New York in 1935. RMS Aquitania was a Cunard Line ocean liner that was built by the John Brown and Company shipyard near Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched on 21 April 1913 and sailed on her maiden voyage to New York on ... Read More »

CAN YOU NAME THE PASSENGER CRUISE LINER (1937) PASSING UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE?

CAN YOU NAME THE PASSENGER SHIP (CRUISE LINER) PASSING UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IN 1937? Opening day of the Golden Gate Bridge: May 27, 1937. Can you name this passenger ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge? If you know the name or have an idea… please comment below.   We will post it. The bridge-opening celebration began on ... Read More »

SS MANHATTAN aground off Palm Beach – 1941

The United States Liner S.S. MANHATTAN firmly aground 300 yards off the beach at Lake Worth Inlet in January 1941. The after deck of the US Coast Guard Cutter MOJAVE with the deck crew preparing to pass a 12-inch hawser to the ship in an attempt to tow her off the beach at the next high tide. CBM Earl J. ... Read More »

Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938)

Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938) Newsreel footage of scrapping the great Cunard Line’s BERENGARIA (1938). It was a glorious time, a time when the high seas of the North Atlantic were alive with behemoths of steel designed by men of vision and built by men of iron. The great ships of the post dawn 20th century, the ships ... Read More »

Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic?

Very detailed video of the SS Keewatin in 1950s… Touring the SS Keewatin museum today… Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic? Although possible at a price these days the wreck would never be like seeing the real working ship unless you went to Michigan where a stunning example of an Edwardian passenger liner floats to this day and ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2011: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.

Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929. A “section” meant an extra train.  There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »

The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm on July 25th 1956. She rolled over and sank the next morning. 51 lives were lost. Cruise Line History: The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sealanes between Europe and America. Among ... Read More »