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Canada’s Union Steamship Company – The “Uber” for coastal cities – Part 1

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Until the late 1950s, Union Steamship Company served the small coastal towns of British Columbia, the Queen Charlotte Islands and offered cruises to Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern ... Read More »

PETER KNEGO, the maritime historian who turned his home into a MID-CENTURY ocean-liner.

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Maritime historian Peter Knego, who liked the former British passenger liner AUREOL, once the flagship of Elder Dempster Lines, so much that when she was broken up he rescued enough of her fittings to fill a shipping container, including a mahogany bar, tiger-maple panelling, cabinets, chairs and light fixtures and installed the lot in his California home in Oceanside, California. ... Read More »

The Ship’s Photographer and the LOVE BOAT – Rejects in the 1990s

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Love Boat Rejects is a collection of pictures taken by Ian Hughes and his fellow photographers onboard American, Norwegian and Italian cruise-ships throughout the 1990s. Working the decks was Ian’s first job when he left Art College in Merseyside, UK,  in 1989. Welcome Aboard… Bon Voyage… First Sitting…   Second Sitting… Going Ashore… About the Featured Image Ship’s photographer Muir Vidler understood the pain: ... Read More »

Judy Garland is aboard the SS United States! What happened to the Passenger List?

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Judy Garland is sailing today on the SS United States. Everyone knew the famous star was on board because they had a First Class Passenger List. They also read that Marlon Brando, Salvidor Dali along with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were other celebrities sailing to Europe on America’s famous trans-Atlantic liner.  Cunard Line Passenger Lists Passenger lists were ... Read More »

David Bowie, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars on Cunard Line which celebrates its 178th year of sailing the Atlantic today

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  Cunard’s current success rests upon a rich heritage of 178 years of building and operating ocean liners on transatlantic voyages. From its earliest days, the Cunard name has been synonymous with leadership in ocean liners and transatlantic travel, a tradition that continues to this day. Hundreds of stars, celebrities, world figures, and royalty sailed on their ships. The QE ... Read More »

Albert Ballin created the first pleasure cruise aboard Hamburg-America Line’s S.S. Augustus Victoria in the Gilded Age.

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The German shipping magnate was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. With 25,000 employees, Hapag was the largest shipping line in the world for both freight and people (464,000 passengers in 1913). It was Albert Ballin who also invented the pleasure cruise in 1891. The first Pleasure Cruise The world’s ... Read More »

Sailing to Cuba in 1959 aboard the SS Homeric

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In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

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British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

Home movies onboard the SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE

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Sailing in the 1960s onboard the French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE round-trip from New York to Europe. A fun home movie from www.shipgeek.com sailing on the France and Liberte. With the loss of the Normandie in New York Harbour in 1942, the Ile de France became the only French Line largest Trans-Atlantic liner. The elegant German liner Europa, ... Read More »

Hitler’s Cruise Line

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The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW, created the first cruise line and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The first cruise line… The Germans operated the first steamship line with ships exclusively devoted to cruising. The Kdf – Kroft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) leisure organization, a part of the national German labor organization, was dedicated to instilling ... Read More »

History of Cruising – From the Britannia to the Love Boat

EARLY CRUISING 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 England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. TRANSATLANTIC BY SAIL and STEAM ... Read More »

Liners President Juan Perón and Eva Perón – Europe to Argentina

Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South America. Having the advantage of Argentina being neutral, His fortune greatly expanded during World War II with his cargo ships alone bringing a $5,600,000 profit (almost $100 million in today’s dollars) in 1944. However, the greatest move ... Read More »