Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Great Hotels and Dining Rooms – The Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel

The Pump Room – 1950s… Cruising The Past – Social and Travel History – THE PUMP ROOM – History of The Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel Chicago. The Pump Room – 1960s… When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in The Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise ... Read More »

THE GRACE LINE HISTORY

Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. In 1865, leaving Michael in ... Read More »

Dubai may sell QE2 to tackle debt crisis The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.

Is QE2 doomed to the scrap heap in India?  Bring out the worry beads! Cruise Ship History: Dubai may sell former Cunard Line QE2 to tackle debt crisis – The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.  The QE2 competes with the RMS Titanic for media attention. From ... Read More »

PALM SPRINGS AND THE STREAMLINER

Retro look at the 1950s – Cruising the Past – A major element in the development of Palm Springs was the Southern Pacific Railroad. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains. The SP served Palm Springs from a Spanish style station especially built for the resort in the late 1930s. SP, at one time, ... Read More »

MARITIME UNIONS HELP KILL THE AMERICAN PASSENGER SHIP – SS AMERICA LEAVES 100s OF PASSENGERS STRANDED IN 1963.

SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike. Cruising the Past: The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what?  All American passengers ships disappeared in ... Read More »

DISASTER AT SEA – SS VESTRIS

CRUISE HISTORY – The S.S. Vestris was a passenger and cargo liner built by Workman Clarke & Co. Ltd. of Belfast, Ireland, for the Lamport & Holt Line. She weighed 10,660 gross tons, had twin screw propulsion, a speed of 15 knots, and could carry 280 first class, 130 second class, and 200 third class passengers with a crew of ... Read More »

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a Cruising The Past receives numerous requests for ship’s passenger lists, manifests and listings.   The following may help in your search.  We suggest you visit the following websites: JOE BEINE’S LISTING OF PASSENGER LISTS AND IMMIGRATION RECORDS _______________________________________________________ By searching Google you will find many indexes of passenger lists (also called ... Read More »

Size Matters: Oasis of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

OASIS OF THE SEAS vs RMS TITANIC RMS TITANIC is dwarfed by the new OASIS OF THE SEAS – A comparison in size. Size Matters: Big Media Coverage For The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Creates Cruise Ship History Cruise Ship History: Before Royal Caribbean’s new “Oasis of the Seas” begins its first voyage on December 1, it will already have ... Read More »

SS EVA PERON and SS EVITA – DOES MADONNA KNOW?

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »