Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Social History: The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels…

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, often called Legion of Honor by San Franciscans, refers to both the fine art collection and the building that houses it. It was a gift from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels and is a three-quarters scale imitation of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Built on a former cemetery, the plaza ... Read More »

MS LAFAYETTE

With the success of the Swedish America Lines diesel powered liner MS Gripsholm, the French Line designed the MS Lafayette to a size that could be powered by the largest marine diesel engines available at that time. Before setting out on her maiden voyage from Le Havre – New York May 19th 1930, the French Line operated Lafayette on a ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT EASTERN

S.S. Great Eastern, a 22,500-ton (displacement) iron steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was built on the Thames River, England. Intended for the passenger and cargo trade between England and Ceylon, she was by far the largest ship the World had yet seen. She was so far ahead of contemporary commercial requirements, and industrial capabilities, that her length (nearly 700 ... Read More »

MENU OF FINAL LUNCH ON RMS TITANIC TO SELL FOR $150,000 AT AUCTION.

(Left: Dr. Dodge, Mrs. Dodge and Master Dodge) Liner and Social History:  The RMS TITANIC menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was traveling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior. A menu, dated April 14 1912, shows the luxury food offered up to first-class passengers ... Read More »

CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship.

Cruise history and cruise liner history. The COSTA ALLEGRA’s ordeal at sea.  Forty hours with no electricity.  Carnival Corp had major fire at sea in 2010. CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship. Eight Americans are aboard another poorly run Carnival Corp cruise ship. ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection…

A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection contains the most important collection of Titanic photographs taken during the liner’s voyage from Southampton to Cobh (Queenstown] in  Ireland.  Click here to visit this wonderful website. Frank Browne’s mother died whilst he was young and his father when in his ... Read More »

Titanic Letter Return Sought By John Edward Simpson Relatives After Auction

Ocean Liner and Cruise History The descendants of a surgeon who died on the Titanic nearly 100 years ago are appealing for a benefactor to purchase a soon-to-be-auctioned letter he wrote from the doomed ship — and to return it to the city where the vessel was built. A two-page note John Edward Simpson wrote to his mother days before ... Read More »

CRUISING TODAY. CARNIVAL CORP’S PR SPIN GOES AFTER COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN TO DOWNPLAY DANGER OF MEGASHIPS.

People look at the stricken Carnival Corp Costa Cruises ship . The media has jumped on the bandwagon to create as much commotion as possible and thus hide the key issues in this tragedy. Captain Schettino is now accused by the vox populi of abandoning ship. I do not believe this is so. The captain left the bridge when the ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SITMAR LINES AND SITMAR CRUISES

CRUISE HISTORY AND LINER HISTORY: HISTORY OF SITMAR CRUISES AND SITMAR LINE… SAIL WITH SITMAR WONDERFUL VIDEO OF THE MV FAIRWIND DURING THE 1970S… MV FAIRSEA and the Suez Canal 1961. SITMAR CRUISES and SITMAR LINES were common names for the Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi (English: Italian Society of Maritime Transport); an Italian shipping company founded by Russian émigré Alexandre ... Read More »

New Video – Sinking of the Italian Line’s ANDREA DORIA

Cruise and Liner History – The Italian Line’s ANDREA DORIA… The Italian Line’s Andrea Doria was one of the largest, most luxurious, and most beautiful passenger ships in the world – indeed, it was one of the most gorgeous ocean liners ever built – 700 feet long with sweeping lines, lovely decor, and expensive artwork. However, it had design problems ... Read More »