Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Cruise History: The SS ANDREA DORIA – Tribute to a great Italian Line ship and its tragic end.

Great video showing the wonderful Italian Liner SS Andrea Doria from her golden years to her tragic sinking. The fabulous SS Andrea Doria — we tribute the great Italian Line and their wonderful ship. We also salute all those loyal cruise passengers who have continued to travel over the years. They are the living history of what it was like ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES: FIRST LADY OF THE SEA! Celebrating the inauguration of President Obama with a great video about a ship symbolyzing the USA.

This great video uses archival footage and a rare 78rpm recording of the SS United States theme song to highlight the glory days of this fabled ship. The song, “First Lady of the Sea,” was written by brothers Meyer & Emery Davis, who also conducted the ship’s orchestra, and is perhaps a one-of-a-kind demo cut at Apex Records just days ... Read More »

President Barak Obama’s election is partly due to the thousands of Pullman Porters who organized a union 84 years ago under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph.

President Barak Obama’s election as the first African-American in the White House happened because of the struggle for unionization by A. Philip Randolph and the members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph and the porters worked together to fight many battles and they won many victories for African-American people. They demonstrated and personified the meaning of the word ... Read More »

PRSIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA ARRIVES ABOARD PRIVATE PULLMAN RAILWAY CAR “GEORGIA 300” IN WASHINGTON DC ABOARD SPECIAL AMTRAK TRAIN.

President-Elect Barack Obama’s arrival in Washington Union Station today was aboard the GEORGIA 300 – a 1930s Pullman manufactured private railway car attached to the rear of the streamlined Amtrak train carrying him from Philadelphia and Baltimore. This was not Obama’s first use of the private car GEORGIA 300 – he used it in his November campaign train. The President ... Read More »

Cruise History: JOURNEY INTO THE PAST. A NIGHT ABOARD THE RMS QUEEN MARY (HOTEL) IN LONG BEACH. A CHANCE TO “CROSS THE POND” BUT NEVER LEAVING THE DOCK.

RMS Queen Mary arriving 1936 in Southampton, England.  Painting from the British Maritime Museum. Journalist Kyle Kreiger uses his stay at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach to show the comparison between experiencing trans-Atlantic passenger travel from the 1930s to 1960s and contemporary cruising.   The former Cunard Line RMS Queen Mary is a destination in itself but a ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was ... Read More »

CRUISE REVIEWS – We look at the best of the 2009 luxury, deluxe and premium class cruise lines. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania and Holland America Line top the list. They give a feeling of the great First Class liners of the past.

Cruise Reviews. Cruising The Past reviews modern cruise ships in the more premium market. These are the 2009 cruise reviews. We always consider how these modern lines relate to the famed cruise ships of the past. BEST OF THE LUXURY CLASS – the top cruise lines for those that want the best with all the modern conveniences, yet have a ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2009: 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 »