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THE SS SANTA MARIA IS LAND LOCKED – GRACE LINE – 1930s

Cruise Ship History: The SS Santa Maria – a Grace Line ship – seems land locked while docked in New York.   Grace Line operated year round service to the Caribbean and South America into the 1970s. Read More »

When it comes to the Swine Flu pandemic here is a great Princess Cruise Lines ad proving the point tourists should stick to ships and avoid jets.

Princess Cruises excellent and rather cynical television ad (click on arrow) reminds everyone what we already know about the horrors of air travel as compared to sailing aboard a ship. The Pullman Company use to have the greatest safety record and so did such venerable companies such as the Santa Fe Railway.   Today, rail travel in America is not a ... Read More »

Legendary Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during the 1930s.

A tour of the city of Havana, Cuba in the 1930s.  The travelogue was filmed by Andre de la Varre.  Wonderful shots of the capital and outlying visits to the island.  Including arrival and departure by cruise ship from New York. And scenes of Sloppy Joe’s. Cruising The Past: Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during ... Read More »

Titanic-themed five star hotel to be erected in Belfast.

This video contains a lot of (very old) pictures on Titanic, and even two short (original) films. It also contains pictures from the famous movie “Titanic” with Kate and Leonardo as actors.  It’s a monochrome film. LONDON – A Titanic-themed boutique hotel is set to be erected at the old headquarters of the Belfast shipyard where the fated Olympic-class passenger ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. On Christmas Eve 1959 the ferry RANGITIRA (left) touched the bottom while entering Tory Channel and was forced to remain in Picton. This photo was taken on 26 December 1959 and shows Lyttelton ferry MAORI (right) which made a daylight return crossing to Picton from ... Read More »

September 8, 2009 marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner Morro Castle disaster.

Today, marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner SS Morro Castle disaster. This is highlighted by recently found home movie footage. These great cruise history videos have never been seen before.  They show the September 8, 1934 fire aboard the cruise ship. (Photo credits caremaritime.com and wardline.com.) The 16mm film shows aftermath of fire aboard Ward Line steamship that ... Read More »

The Pullman Company Strike resulted in Labor Day

Cruising the past: Labor Day is a symbolic end of summer and resulted after a bloody strike against The Pullman Palace Car Company. Founded by George Pullman, his company manufactured railroad cars in the mid to late 1800s through the early decades of the 20th century, during the boom of railroads in the United States. Pullman developed the sleeping car ... Read More »

Labor Day – SS United States, SS America and SS Constitution

Labor Day – SS United States, SS America and SS Constitution – From our collection of photos – busy liners – New York City in the 1950s: SS United States (US Lines) sailing from New York Harbor. SS America (US lines) docked in New York. SS Constitution (American Export Lines) docked in New York. Read More »

Cruising The Past looks at one of the great movie palaces. The largest ever built in Los Angeles. Sid Gauman’s Metropolitan.

Stage of the Paramount Theatre Los Angeles. Cruising The Past examines social history and looks at one of the great movie palaces. The largest ever built in Los Angeles.  Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan. Left: As the Metropolitan Theatre, Right: As the Paramount Theatre. Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles opened in 1923. Grauman, the theatre impresario, had already built ... Read More »

BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the Titanic and the SS United States.

“The Cunarder” boat train departs the Southampton Ocean Terminal bound for London Waterloo with passengers from the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The boat train is hauled by SR Bulleid “Battle of Britain” class steam locomotive No 34088 213 Squadron. BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the Titanic and the SS United States. Colonel John J. Astor IV waiting ... Read More »

Website of the Month – The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – The Future of Our Past – Featuring infromation about The Baltimore Mail Steamship Company

Website of the Month – The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – The Future of Our Past… Cruising the Past salutes The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – with a visit to their excellent coverage of The Baltimore Mail Steamship Company. Gjenvick-Gjønvik is one of the largest private archives of historical documents from the 1800s through 1954 with concentrations in Steamship and Ocean Liner documents and ... Read More »

Addison Mizner – Social History in Palm Beach from New York Social Diary – Mansions and Yachts

Addison Mizner (left) and his career as an architect of fact and fable.  From mansions to yachts. More Social History in Palm Beach from a great story in New York Social Diary. Cruising The Past also looks at one of Mizner’s first clients: Edward Townsend Stotesbury and his yacht Neveda. Our thanks to Wayne C. Wilcox and his STOTESBURY.COM website ... Read More »

MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.

Cruise History: MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.  The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. MV Athena (formerly the MS Stockholm) is a ... Read More »

SOS for faded liner – Is the SS United States headed for the scrap yards or will Philadelphia save her?

Philadelphia lunching Ikea shoppers have a view of the SS United States, at Pier 82 since 1996. CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: SOS for faded liner – SOS for faded liner – Is the SS United States headed for the scrap yards or will Philadelphia save her? Bill Clinton was in his first term as president when the peeling hulk of the ... Read More »

OLD BAY LINE – PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS

CRUISE SHIP HISTORY:  OLD BAY LINE – PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS.  The President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece Bessie Wallis Warfield (Mrs. Wallis) shook the British empire to its foundations when she married Edward VIII. PRESIDENT WARFIELD – “Old Baltimore At Twilight” by Paul McGehee. The beautiful inner harbor of Baltimore ... Read More »