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The SS MORRO CASTLE – FIRE AT SEA – 137 DEAD!

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On the morning of September 8th, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the SS MORRO CASTLE caught fire and burned, killing 137 passengers and crew members. She was a luxury ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for runs between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The Morro Castle was named for the Morro ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY on the train to Memphis in 1956

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“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the ... Read More »

Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent with a Latino American influence.

Juan Fernando Bastos (Caracas, 1958) is a portrait artist whose transit through Venezuela, Bolivia, Washington, Baltimore and finally Los Angeles has nourished a one of a kind aesthetic in visual representation. His work has reached different latitudes and represents the success of transcultural phenomena. He’s considered one of the most in-demand portrait artists in the world. Juan considers some of his most ... Read More »

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

UNION STEAMSHIP COMPANY, CANADA, COASTAL SHIPS, CRUISE HISTORY

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 »

Elizabeth Taylor sailed many times times aboard Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

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Besides “crossing the Pond” on Cunard, Elizabeth Taylor sailed to Europe on the French Line’s SS Liberte, cruised to the Mediterranean aboard Cunard’s RMS Caronia and Mauritania. Liz sailed to the Caribbean and South America on the Grace Line’s SS Santa Rosa. She loved ships and the sea. Taylor had sailed a number of times on the RMS Queen Mary with her mother, ... Read More »

BEATLE’s SIR RINGO STARR Knighted by PRINCE WILLIAM who was a big fan of Ringo as a drummer and narrator of THOMAS the TANK ENGINE

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Ringo Starr, the former drummer for The Beatles, received the British commonwealth’s highest honor for his contribution to music and charities. The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honored. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event, as Prince William thanked him for being such ... 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 »

EVITA at Sea – The EVA PARON (Evita) cruise ships and liners…

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Argentina was the only South American country to operate regular long-distance intercontinental ocean liners following World War 2, although always with ships of moderate size and speed. 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. Eva Peron (Evita) with the British Ambassador, Sir John ... 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 »

Immigrants, Tourists and Students sailed on the Dutch Victory ships during the 1950s

The SS Groote Beer, a former Victory ship, operated between Europe and North America during the 1950s. The Groote Beer was part of Dutch Victory ships that provided immigrant transportation following World War 2. Along with the Zaiderkruis and Waterman, she brought many immigrants to North America and Australia. On the trans-Atlantic runs, the ships carried 40 First Class passengers ... Read More »