Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Website of the Month: Peter Knego’s Midship Century Collection of Furniture and Art from the great cruise ships and liners of the past.

Symbols Of Rome and the Ancients by one of 20th Century Italy’s most important ceramists salvaged from the MV VICTORIA – one of many of the Midship Century collection items recently sold. Cruising The Past presents our choice for website of the month: Peter Knego’s Midship Century. His website offers a vast array of fixtures and furnishings from the great ... Read More »

SS United States sails to the West Indies during the 1960s.

Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past. More steamship history with a video cruise aboard the SS United States. In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s own orchestra, is a nostalgic journey ... Read More »

TITANIC VIDEO

Cruising The Past – Cruise History – Steamship History. We present a new RMS TITANIC video from youtube. The 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. Read More »

Passenger Ships – Early 20th Century Photos

Passenger Ships – Early 20th Century Photos. Cruising The Past collection of early steamship photos.  Ships arriving in port. From New York to San Francisco. We’ve identified a Grace Line ship arriving in Manhattan during the dead of Winter. Read More »

Cruise Line History – July 4th menus featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938 – aboard the SS Manhattan, SS Aleutian and the SS City of Rome.

Cruise Line History – July 4th trans-Atlantic liner and Alaska cruise ship dinner menus from the past… featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938 – aboard the SS Manhattan, SS Aleutian and the SS City of Rome. Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar ... Read More »

Cruise History: The Chandris Line and the SS America was the precursor of Celebrity Cruises.

Cruise History: The Chandris Line and the SS America was the precursor of Celebrity Cruises. For a history of the SS America click here. One of the ships operated by Chandris was the beautiful Trans-Atlantic liner America previously owned by the United States Line and initially captained by Demitrios Challioris who had been in charge of a crude oil tanker ... Read More »

The Paddle Steamer Emeraude – Colonial Indochina and Today’s Vietman

Cruising The Past: In 1910 a paddle steamer called the Emeraude was offering unforgettable cruises in Halong Bay for visitors to what was then French Indochina. The Emeraude was part of a flotilla owned by the Roque family who had left Bordeaux in 1858 in search of adventure and fortune. Over a period of more than 50 years they found ... Read More »

SS Catalina and SS Avalon sail to Catalina Island

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruising The Past present our own video on the SS Catalina and SS Avalon. These are the big white cruise ships that once sailed from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Sail away – as the ship’s orchestra plays “AVALON”! Read More »

TItanic: The Artifact Exhibition now playing in six cities from Las Vegas to Lisbon

Cruise Line History visits the RMS Titanic. TItanic: The Artifact Exhibition now playing in six cities from Las Vegas to Lisbon By Sue Frause (Courtesy Seattle Travel Examiner) After 97 years, the R.M.S. Titanic has finally docked in New York City. On June 24, 2009 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opened at the Discovery Times Square Exposition for a limited engagement. ... Read More »

Book Signing in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Steamship Company – Interview with author about a cruise line the LA Times Chandler family helped start.

Cruise Line History – Harry Chandler built the Los Angeles Times into arguably the most powerful and successful newspaper on the West Coast.   He also was instrumental in starting the Los Angeles Steamship Company in the 1920s to rival San Francisco’s Matson Lines. A wonderful new book tells the story. Los Angeles photographer Martin Cox grew up in the south ... Read More »