Celebrating the 4th of July at Sea!

Celebrating the 4th of July at Sea!


National holidays were celebrated onboard liners and cruise ships with special events and elaborate menus.

  • From Russian Caviar to Filet Mignon to Ice Cup, Independence Gourmandizes.

Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900

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The Anchor Line trans-Atlantic passenger liner CITY OF ROME, built by the Barrow Ship Building Co was the second largest ship of her time. Built to compete for the Atlantic ‘Blue Riband’, but she was too heavy and underpowered.

United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937

The SS MANHATTAN was a trans-Atlantic liner of the United States Lines, offering passenger service from New York to Europe.

Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938

The SS ALEUTIAN was one of Alaska Steamship Company’s passenger liners that operated from Seattle, Washington to ports in Alaska until the early 1950s.

A gala dinner and grand ball celebrating Independence Day on board the White Star Line’s SS CALGARIC North Cruise in 1930.

White Star Line’s SS CALGARIC.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…