Cruise Ship History: Ship models of the famous liners NIEUW AMSTERDAM, TITANIC, REX and AMERICA are more than decorative art. For celebrity collectors such as actor Nicholas Cage they are a living history.


A youtube video showing a wonderful lifelike model of the legendary ocean liner SS Rex cruising “at sea.”

Ship models have been considered a legitimate decorative art form for the past four hundred years throughout northern Europe and more recently in 19th and 20th centuries in North America.

Of course ship models have been prized objects of art since 2000 BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. As appreciation for marine model artists – known by name and specializing in original, conscientious research as well as highest quality construction methods and aesthetic appeal – has grown, their models’ value as works of art has grown accordingly.

nicholas-cage.jpgActor Nicholas Cage is a well-known collector.

This value is recognized and celebrated not only by leading museums specializing in maritime art but also by major international museums such as the British Museum, the Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution, all of which exhibit ship models in their collections. is one of the ultimate masters of this art with the largest and fineest collection of model ships.

These carefully crafted works of art provide the ultimate in detail of these ocean going palaces.  For more information contact their website (click above), email them at: or phone them at (866) ART 1 ART.

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 Italian Line’s SS REX (1931-1947)


Holland America Line’s SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (1937-1974)


RMS Titanic – The  fatal iceberg of April 14, 1912, during her maiden voyage, when she hit the iceberg. 


United States Line’s SS AMERICA (1940-1994)



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"…