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Matson Line’s famed liner SS LURLINE in San Diego…

The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were the SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro and the sister-ship MS Achille Lauro…

On October 7, 1985, four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked the Italian MS Achille Lauro liner off the coast of Egypt, as she was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel. The MS Angelina Lauro was the sister-ship… MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship ... Read More »

Death ships: COSTA CONCORDIA revisited… SEWOL, the Korean Ferry, Becomes 100th Passenger Vessel Lost Since 2002…

At least four people are dead and nearly 300 missing after a ferry boat sank off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday. Authorities initially reported most of the passengers were rescued but quickly backtracked and raised casualty figures dramatically as the scale of the tragedy became clear. The passenger ferry was carrying more than 462 people on board, most of them ... Read More »

MICKEY ROONEY (1920-2014) RIP – from the RMS QUEEN MARY to the SUPER CHIEF to ANDY HARDY on the SS CATALINA…

“Tennessee Williams, who knew more about actors than anybody in our time … said, ‘There’s only one great actor in the United States and that is Mickey Rooney. … He can do anything. He sings, he dances, he can make you weep. He can play tragedy, he can play comedy,’ ” Gore Vidal – 2007 Mickey Rooney (one of the ... Read More »

Southern Pacific’s COAST DAYLIGHT was America’s most beautiful train!

The Coast Daylight had its inaugural run on March 1, 1937 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It was hauled by GS-2 steam locomotives. It was the first of the Daylight series that also included the San Joaquin Daylight, Shasta Daylight, Sacramento Daylight, and Sunbeam. The Coast Daylight ran behind steam from March 1937 until it was dieselized on January ... Read More »

THE DURBAN CASTLE – DEATH CRUISE…

Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have made cruise history.   The romantic decks of “The Love Boat” can be a very dangerous place. As for cruising the past, history finds there were two or three murders supposedly linked to Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary before WW 2.  Another murder druing the during the ... Read More »

1939: Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE – Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. ... Read More »

GRACE LINE – THE LAST OF AMERICA’S GREAT PASSENGER SHIP STEAMSHIP AND CRUISE LINES…

Wonderful 16mm Silent home movies taken in the 1950s and 60s of Grace Line 52 passenger cargo ship from New York through the Panama Canal to West Coast South American ports of Buenaventura Columbia, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Lima (Callo) Peru, Mollendo Peru, Arica Chile, Antofagasta Chile ending in Barquito (Chanaral) Chile…  Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE ... Read More »

SS ALEUTIAN (SS TRADEWIND)… Hawaiian-Pacific’s short bid to compete with Matson Lines during the 1950s with voyages to Hawaii from San Francisco.

Hawaiian-Pacific was hastily organized in 1953 to operate low-price travel to Hawaii from California against its chief competitor, Matson Lines. Matson had the beautiful totally rebuild cruise liner SS Lurline – with air-conditioning, extensive deck space and full first class service.  All ships operating between the US mainland and Hawaii must fly the American flag.  Crews and staff must be ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS PATRICIA and the THE FIRST LOVE BOAT to sail from Los Angeles…

S.S. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Social History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting Cruising The Past commissioned of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of ... Read More »