Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Cruise History – 1930s home movies aboard the liner SS Bremen and photos of famous passengers. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, J. Krishnamurti, William Randolph Hearst and Jimmy Donahue.

These are amusing black and white home movies shot aboard the SS Bremen in 1930 courtesy of shipgeek.com. The SS “Bremen” of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. The “Bremen” was notable for her low streamlined profile, and modern approach to her design. Her sister ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Our Retro 1950s Cruise Video – SS CATALINA sails again to Avalon – The Great White Ship was scrapped last month in Mexico after a valiant effort to save her.

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at ... Read More »

Cruising the Past: Amtrak will never be the answer… no matter how much money the USA gives it.

Compare dinner aboard the Southern Pacific’s Lark between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1950s with dining aboard today’s USA Government run Amtrak. No matter how much money they sink into Amtrak –  rail service will never achieve the elegance and opulence of the past. The Lark Club dining room aboard the famous all-Pullman train overnight between Los Angeles ... Read More »

Cruise History: A Busy Day In New York Harbor 1934 from shipgeek on youtube and 358,274 tons of shipping ready to sail across the pond or on a cruise.

Check out this busy shipping day in New York Harbor in 1934. So many ships, so little time! The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the Conte de Savoia, the Fort Townsend ... Read More »

Cruise and Air Ship History: The Graf Zeppelin – The first flight of an airship around-the-world. William Randolph Hearst financed the flight in 1929. It took 12 days and 11 hours.

(Click above for Video of the Graf Zeppelin) – In 1929 the Graf Zeppelin left Friedrichshafen to make the first flight round-the-world by an airship. Here’s the complete story of this most famous and memorable trip in the history of air transportation: The round-the-world flight attempt really began on May 14, 1929 when the Graf departed from Friedrichshafen for its ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: This is MGM’s 1930s musical HONOLULU aboard Matson Line’s SS LURLINE starring Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell. When getting there was half the fun!

The incomparable Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell in this show-stopping number aboard Matson Line’s SS Lurline from the hit 1939 MGM musical HONOLULU. The song captures the Magic and Romance of Hawaii’s Golden Age aboard the great Matson liners. When getting there was truly half the fun. Alas, this song and musical have not fared well, and have been all-but-forgotten, ... Read More »

S.S. LA MARSEILLAISE – Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route… from Saigon to the depths of Grenada…

Messageries Maritimes’ flag-ship ended up like mini-Titanic… read on… MM ship leaving Saigon Dating from 1862, Messageries Maritimes’ “Orient & Indo China” route was its premier route, serving as it did the Jewel in France’s Crown in the East: Indo-China. Saigon during the golden age before the endless and useless war… Saigon was always MM’s second homeport centred on la ... Read More »

S.S. BADGER – The largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. 56 years of service. And starting another season in May.

A video of the S.S. Badger… S.S. BADGER: A little history, a lot of fun! The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan, and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the huge inland sea for more than fifty years. The S.S. Badger is a national treasure, offering a cruise experience that links ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS MAURETANIA – Blue Riband Holder – One of the most historic and remarkable Atlantic liners in history.

The great ship headed to the breakers… The RMS Mauretania entered service a few months after her sister, Lusitania, starting her maiden voyage on November 16, 1907, and battling her way across the Atlantic through frightful seas. During her career, she proved to be slightly faster than the Lusitania; she was also slightly longer (790 feet instead of 787) and ... Read More »