Category Archives: ALASKA STEAMSHIP LINES

Cruising to Alaska in the 1950s…

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Our own Cruising The Past video featuring the Alaska Steamship Line and their flagship SS ALASKA.  Sailing to the Inside Passage and into northern waters during the 1950s.  Clips from family films along with documentaries on this famous American flag carrier. The Alaska Steamship Company was formed on August 3, 1894. Charles Peabody, one of the six founding members, served ... Read More »

SS ALEUTIAN (SS TRADEWIND)… Hawaiian-Pacific’s short bid to compete with Matson Lines during the 1950s with voyages to Hawaii from San Francisco.

Hawaiian-Pacific was hastily organized in 1953 to operate low-price travel to Hawaii from California against its chief competitor, Matson Lines. Matson had the beautiful totally rebuild cruise liner SS Lurline – with air-conditioning, extensive deck space and full first class service.  All ships operating between the US mainland and Hawaii must fly the American flag.  Crews and staff must be ... Read More »

Cruise History: SS TRADEWIND – Caribbean Atlantic Line… Mid-1950s… Cruising from Miami to Ensenada via the Panama Canal for $70 and up.

Cruise History: CARIBBEAN ATLANTIC LINE… the SS TRADEWIND… One of the many companies that tried West Coast cruising Acapulco from the 1940s into the early 1960s that didn’t make it.  Princess Cruises was the first company to corner the West Coast market for cruises to Mexico. Caribbean Atlantic was formed in 1954 with head-quarters at Southern Building, Washington, DC. The ... Read More »

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

Cruise and Social History: 1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company as she makes her final departure and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938…

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938… Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937 – Australian Kangaroo Tail Soup Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ... Read More »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... Read More »

THE S.S. PORTLAND STARTED THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH!

Cruise and Social History: The S.S. PORTLAND started the Alaska Gold Rush! On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska with 68 miners and a cargo of “more than a ton of solid gold” from the banks of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This set off a rush to Alaska and an era of ... Read More »

THE ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Photos and History

Ocean Liner History: The Alaskan shipping industry began to grow in the late 1800s with the expansion of fishing and cannery activities. As a result, there was a dramatic increase in the need for transportation of other products to and from the lower 48 states. In 1894, six men, recognizing this need, incorporated; they gathered $30,000 by selling 300 shares ... Read More »

1919 POSTCARD MESSAGE: “KILLING A LITTLE WHILE ON THIS TUB” – ABOARD ALASKA STEAMSHIP’S SS JEFFERSON

Edwin writes: “Killing a little while on this tub…” on this postcard… postmarked 1919 The “tub” – S.S. Jefferson – Photo side of postcard. Alaska Steamship’s SS Jefferson at salmon cannery dock, Port Nellie Juan. The SS Jefferson was built in 1904 and scrapped in 1925. History: Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, 1895-1971 Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to ... Read More »

History of the Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, 1895-1971

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company as she makes her final departure and sails away for the ... Read More »