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The RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA was Carnival Cruises first ship known as the MARDIS GRAS

Today Carnival Corporation is the largest operator of cruise ships in the world with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across ten cruise line brands. However, in 1972, it owned exactly one ship, the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA, which they renamed the MARDIS GRAS. The EMPRESS OF CANADA of 1961 was the last passenger ship to be built for ... Read More »

Titanic’s Chinese Survivors Resurface From Depths of History

More than a century after the Titanic sank in April 1912; few new stories surface from the wreck. When documentary filmmaker Arthur Jones and his team started work on “The Six” — their film about the ship’s six Chinese survivors — in 2012, they kept expecting to find that someone else had already told the story. When RMS Titanic sank ... Read More »

Southern Pacific’s Oakland Mole was the gateway to San Francisco

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 located at the foot of Seventh Street. Southern Pacific and the Western Pacific trains arrived and departed from the SP Mole in Oakland. Passengers then went by ferry from the SP Mole to the Ferry Building ... Read More »

Swedish American Line – Great Liners and Cruise Ships

Swedish American Line’s (SAL) trans-Atlantic route played an important part in the 20th-century for emigration from Scandinavia to North America, as well as for business and recreational travel. The company and its ships were the pride of the nation, and the youngest of the liners were always the flagship of the Swedish merchant fleet. The Kungsholm I in the late ... Read More »

Longest serving Cunard ship: RMS Aquitania

The RMS Aquitania was the longest serving Cunard liner built in the 20th century and survived service in both World Wars. Originally the ship was planned to cooperate on the North Atlantic service alongside the Lusitania and Mauretania. The contract to build the ship went to John Brown & Co, and great publicity was given to the fact that it ... Read More »

Greta Garbo on the Swedish America Line in the 1920s and 1930s

Greta Garbo was a Swedish actress during Hollywood’s silent film period and part of its Golden Age. Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system. She traveled many times onboard the Swedish America Line from New York to Sweden throughout her career. Rare newsreel footage of Greta Garbo arriving ... Read More »

Johnson Line’s luxury ships from Sweden to the USA West Coast in the 1960s.

For the European traveler during the early 1960s with more time than money, an unusual variation of the Atlantic crossing was sailing from USA west coast ports via the Panama Canal to Europe. The Johnson Line offered the finest services for 12 passengers from aboard its fleet of eight deluxe Swedish motor-ships offering sailings every two weeks from Los Angeles, San ... Read More »

Last cruise to Castro’s Cuba in 1959 onboard Home Line’s SS Homeric

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. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his father talking about the trip: “I remember hearing him ... Read More »

America’s all-time American Musical – Oklahoma!

North Carolina School of the Arts’ “OKLAHOMA!” Recreation of the 1943 original production of the most produced American in history proved that the UNC had the hand on presenting great theater. National known conductor John Mauceri served as musical director and artistic supervisor of the stage production. Oklahoma! – Looking back… By the early 1940s, Rodgers and Hammerstein were each ... Read More »

Cruise fashion in the 1950s

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. Newsreel clip of fashions 1950 onboard the SS Homeric.  It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for ... Read More »

Streamliner SUPER CHIEF – Santa Fe’s all-Pullman train of the stars

From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says to another character: “Only talent agents and kept woman ride the Chief. But theSuper Chief is an exclusive ... Read More »

Union Steamship the link to British Columbia and Gold Rush Country until the 1960s…

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in 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 BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

1928 Olympics Lacrosse Team sails to Amsterdam on the S.S. President Roosevelt

When the S.S. President Roosevelt departed the New York harbor in the summer of 1928 with all the U.S. Olympics competitors aboard. The ship’s passenger list included a large Baltimore contingent — the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team. The Baltimoreans and Hopkins alumni filled the dock as the ocean liner sailed. Lacrosse was not a well-known sport then and the Olympic committee ... Read More »

The streamline modern M.V. Chinook was “The Queen Elizabeth of the Inland Seas”!

The Puget Sound Navigation Company, or the Black Ball Line as it was widely known in the Pacific Northwest, had a long established “night route” between Seattle, Port Angeles, and Victoria. Passengers would embark for a midnight departure time on suites aboard the stately S.S. Iroquois, or, in years past, the S.S. Chippewa or S.S. Indianapolis before the night boat’s ... Read More »

The Bull Lines and the mid-century S.S. Puerto Rico.

In 1902, Archibald H. Bull, who had been a partner in the establishment of the Porto Rico Line seventeen years before, founded A. H. Bull and Company to operate a fleet of cargo steamers in the Puerto Rico trade. After World War I, the company’s fleet was in by the assignment of war-surplus cargo ships. Passenger services were begun in ... Read More »