Category Archives: CANADIAN STEAMSHIP AND CRUISE LINES

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster.

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster. Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, ... Read More »

Greetings from the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company – 1913

The Aorangi (17,491 grt, 600 ft. long) was delivered in 1924 to the Union Line of New Zealand.  She was transferred in 1931 to the Canadian Australasian Line, a company formed jointly by the Union Line and Canadian Pacific to operate the transpacific service between Australia/New Zealand and Canada. She was sold for scrap in 1953. Pacific Liner History: Canadian-Australian ... Read More »

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT: History of Cruising – Cruise Ship History The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador. You sailed aboard the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!

Cruising the Past aboard Canadian cruise ships during the 1920s and 1930s… The Clarke Steamship Company. 1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Memories of an Empress – Canadian Pacific’s Big White Ships

This nostalgic and highly detailed painting by Gordon Bauwens shows the liner anchored off Greenock in 1960. The family of a serving officer watch from the Esplanade as the liner Empress of Britain, attended by a Clyde puffer, prepares for her imminent transatlantic departure. The turbine steamer Queen Mary II on a day-cruise ‘doon the watter’ from Glasgow, sweeps down ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS MARGURITE from Seattle to Victoria – 1960s…

Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada.   The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.  Trial Island is seen in the background.  The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: SS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific Steamship – 1930s – 10 Days from Vancouver to Japan

Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent S/S Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. This mighty ship was delivered to Canadian Pacific in Liverpool and sailed ... Read More »