STEAMSHIP LINES

1948 Olympic Team sails aboard liner America

USA Olympic Rowing Team sails for London 1948 Olympics aboard the liner SS America.

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United ... Read More »

Canadian 1930s Liners – The “Drunken Duchesses”

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SS Duchess of York was one of the several sturdy Canadian Pacific liners which were known as “Drunken Duchesses” for their lively performance in heavy seas. She was built as a sister ship to the SS Duchess of Bedford, the SS Duchess of Atholl, and the SS Duchess of Richmond. The vessel was created for transatlantic service; and she was ... Read More »

History of Princess Cruises – 2015 is the cruise lines 50th Anniversary…

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The SS Princess Patrica was the first “Love Boat”!   For two seasons Princess Patricia was chartered to Stan McDonald, a Canadian-born businessman now in Seattle, for cruising between Los Angeles and Acapulco during the winter.McDonald became excited about cruising during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He eventually branched out to other vessels but chose to name his new company ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT sails again…

Major Broadway Stars -Ethel Merman, Ann Miller and Carol Channing with "Captain" Gavin MacCloud ready to film LOVE BOAT 2-Hour special in the 1980s.

It’s a blast from the past, as the ship’s whistle for the brand new Regal Princess is the theme from “The Love Boat,” the romance sitcom from 1976 until 1986 that helped make cruising mainstream. The Love Boat was known for its frothy romances and the steady stream of well-known actors who made guest appearances on the show — Wikipedia ... Read More »

Matson Line’s SS Lurline “was” Hawaii in the 1950s…

Aboard the SS Lurline in the 1950s...

In the 1950s, a cruise to Hawaii was sailing round-trip from California to Honolulu (alternating between San Francisco and Los Angeles) on Matson Line’s SS Lurline. The first class ship made the crossing in 4 and 1/2 days. Most passengers spent 9 dqys in Hawaii before returning to the California major cities. It was an American flag ship with an all American crew. Trapshooting ... Read More »

I Love Lucy, Grace Kelly and the SS Constitution…

Grace Kelly on the SS Constitution... www.cruiselinehistory.com

The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, and innovative ocean liners, following World War 2. They were symbols of ... Read More »

DOWNTON ABBEY review – Down There Abbey, more like: they are all sex-mad…

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USA TV viewers are stuck with PBS and supposedly can’t see this series until 2015…  To solve this problem, I connected with by cousin in London. She turned the “telly” toward Skype and I watched the British soap opera premiere… The aristocratic Crawley clan are back – and it’s all going on upstairs, downstairs and in my lady’s chamber… Sex madness. The upper ... Read More »

GRETA GARBO – on the Atlantic in 1925 and 1935…

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Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. A legendary actress who combined remarkable beauty with a modern spirit and irresistible allure. Garbo remains one of the most fascinating women in history. (Above photo – Garbo arriving in New York and sailing to Sweden) Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American ... Read More »

Last Ferry To San Francisco…

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Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California. It was located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the foreground. The ferry ... Read More »

Heading to South America on the Moore McCormack Lines…

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Crossing the Equator on one of the great Moore McCormack Line ships following World War 2. History of this great company… On the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both just shy of 33 years of age) formed Moore & McCormack Company, Incorporated, to charter ships, then to own them.  Capitalized at $5,000 with three officer-directors (Henry F. Molloy, as ... Read More »