Crossing the Pond – from New York to Europe in 1960…
SS France maiden voyage.

Crossing the Pond – from New York to Europe in 1960…


Daily service across the Atlantic by ship…


New York’s Liner Row – Early 1960s

The following are listings of schedules and minimum fares for Trans-Atlantic steamship service taken from the April 1960 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines. Even in April and May 1960 (less than fifty-five years ago) there was almost daily steamship service from New York to Europe.

Lines still operating included: American Export, Canadian Pacific, Cunard, Donaldson, Europe-Canada, French, Furness-Warren, Greek, Holland-America, Hamburg-Atlantic, Home, Italian, North German Lloyd, Norwegian America, Polish Ocean, Swedish America, United States Lines, Zim Lines and many more.

In the next decade, with the introduction of the 747, these liner services will have vanished with limited summer crossings from New York to Europe.


Trans-Atlantic Passenger Sailings (Eastbound) April-May 1960.


Trans-Atlantic Passenger Sailings (Westbound) June-July 1960.


Joint listing of First, Cabin and Tourist Class Fares – 1960.



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"…