Cruises

Anchored: Will Philly be stuck with the SS United States forever?

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The former American luxury liner was supposed to be docked In Philadelphia for 21 days; it’s been almost 21 years. Is time running out for the famous ocean liner?  The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. It was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed ... Read More »

The MS St. Louis carried Jewish refugees desperate to flee Nazi Germany on a voyage of the damned.

Six months after the Nazis celebrated Kristallnacht, the German transatlantic liner MS St. Louis sailed on May 13, 1939, from Hamburg Germany. The voyage became a symbol of American and Canadian heartlessness, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. Flags were flapping in the wind and well-wishers waved from the Hamburg pier. On board, the eight-deck ship were 938 paying passengers, all but one ... Read More »

Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

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Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and red corners, was famous in shipping circles, especially on the ... Read More »

History of Cruising… from the BRITANNIA to the LOVE BOAT…

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  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. By the 1830s steamships were introduced and ... Read More »

Retro 1950s: “Psycho” Star Janet Leigh and “A Kiss Before Dying” Virginia Leith aboard the Santa Fe streamliner SUPER CHIEF…

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Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN may have been aboard the train all through the 1960s. A lot of executives would take the ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Father Browne’s famous photographic collection…

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The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Francis Browne. A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. Frank Browne’s mother died ... Read More »

Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line – 1920s and 1930s

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Cruising the Past: Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 (seen above) and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938. These are great scenes of Holland-America Liner’s TSS ROTTERDAM and the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM The ROTTERDAM IV – 1908 – 1940.  –  Built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the ROTTERDAM IV featured service for 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class ... Read More »

THE DELTA LINE – CRUISING TO SOUTH AMERICA – MID-CENTURY

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The Delta Line  was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line”, the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD and DEL MAR. The ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC… 1958… $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class…

SS Atlantic departs on her maiden voyage from New York to Antwerp and Amsterdam - June 11, 1958...

AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea. July 1958 – First Class Trans-Atlantic Crossing $312.  Tourist Class $214.  Seven days at sea, eight nights, transportation and all meals. $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class. Times have changed. American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the ... Read More »

The T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON….

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Does Madonna know that two passengers ships were named after Eva Peron (Evita)? The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: www.timetableimages.com). The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. ... Read More »