SOCIAL HISTORY

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934…

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line's SS Champlain in 1934.

The SS Champlain was a cabin class ocean liner built in 1932 for the French Line by Chantiers et Ateliers de Saint-Nazaire, Penhoët. She was sunk by a mine off La Pallice, France, in 1940 — one of the earliest passenger ship losses of World War II. The Grand Salon… Although not as well remembered as her larger fleet-mates, the ... Read More »

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND…

EMPRESS OF IRELAND sinking.

Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year before the loss of the RMS Lusitania, it is essentially forgotten. Why? The Empress disaster does not have ... Read More »

Cruising in the 1930s…

German cruise ship's stewards getting drunk on Christmas Day - early 1930s...

A cruising photo and video journey in the 1930s… A wonderful video of cruising in the 1930s… Home movies… Read More »

Panama Pacific Lines… from Los Angeles to New York via the Panama Canal and Havana, Cuba…

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Many American flag steamship lines – APL, Matson Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Line, etc. – faced the same fate when the US government withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was that the ... Read More »

Love Boat star named “Ambassador” for Princess Cruises..

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Actress Jill Whelan, known as one of the stars of The Love Boat television show, has been named “Celebrations Ambassador” for Princess Cruises, a role that has been created to help spread the message that special occasions become extraordinary when celebrated on one of the company’s cruise ships or in a spectacular destination. ... Read More »

History of the Cunard Line…

Actors Laurel and Hardy... and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on the RMS QUEEN MARY...

To write the history of the Cunard Line in a few pages is to compress the history of the steamship itself. In 1840 the majority of the world’s deep sea trade was still carried in sailing ships. Steamships were proving themselves in coastal services, but there were few who would commit untried craft to the high seas. History of the ... Read More »

RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

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In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. This mighty ship was delivered to Canadian Pacific in Liverpool and sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Quebec ... Read More »

Brief History of American Airlines… Great video of air travel in the 1930s… Including a piano bar…

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In the late twenties and early thirties, American Airways was created through the acquisition of dozens of smaller airlines throughout the United States. Great video of American Airlines in the 1930s… Like most airlines at the time the company profited by carrying United States mail. In 1934 American Airways Company was acquired by E.L. Cord, who renamed it “American Air ... Read More »

Sailing aboard Alcoa Lines to the West Indies… in the 1940s and 1950s…

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Social and Travel History: Alcoa to the Caribbean. When ALCOA operated three passenger cargo liners to the West Indies. Modern ships – elegant yet casual service.  A look to the cruising past. Because of shipping shortages in World War I, Alcoa (formerly the Aluminum Company of America) developed its own shipping line to carry bauxite from its source in what ... Read More »

Andrea Doria remembered…

Andrea Doria sinking...

The jewel of the Italian Line ocean liner fleet, the SS Andrea Doria, the jewel of the Italian Lines, was launched in Genoa (she was named for a 16th Century Genoese admiral). The Andrea Doria had a gross tonnage of 29,100 and a capacity of about 1,200 passengers and 500 crew, (as well as three outdoor swimming pools) and was ... Read More »