Cruise Ships & Liners

September 8, 2009 marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner Morro Castle disaster.

Today, marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner SS Morro Castle disaster. This is highlighted by recently found home movie footage. These great cruise history videos have never been seen before.  They show the September 8, 1934 fire aboard the cruise ship. (Photo credits caremaritime.com and wardline.com.) The 16mm film shows aftermath of fire aboard Ward Line steamship that ... Read More »

MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.

Cruise History: MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.  The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. MV Athena (formerly the MS Stockholm) is a ... Read More »

OLD BAY LINE – PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS

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CRUISE SHIP HISTORY:  OLD BAY LINE – PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS.  The President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece Bessie Wallis Warfield (Mrs. Wallis) shook the British empire to its foundations when she married Edward VIII. PRESIDENT WARFIELD – “Old Baltimore At Twilight” by Paul McGehee. The beautiful inner harbor of Baltimore ... Read More »

MIDSHIP CENTURY OFFERS A COLLECTION OF FURNISHING FROM THE GREAT CRUISE SHIPS OF THE PAST

Peter Knego at Alang with SS RITA (ex WINDSOR CASTLE) in late September of 2005. Photo by Kaushal Trivedi. Cruise News: Peter Kengo’s MIDSHIP CENTURY has received a new shipment of cruise ship furnishings after his recent visit to India.  His collection covers everything from furniture, to ship’s fittings and art work from the cruise ships of yesterday. Click here ... Read More »

Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”…

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Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”… One of the first all gay cruises – Cruising on the SS BERMUDA STAR in 1987 aboard the second all gay cruises operated by RSVP.  It is a retro look at gay life.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the ... Read More »

THE ANDREA DORIA TRAGEDY HAPPENED 56 YEARS AGO ON JULY 25th

THE ANDREA DORIA TRAGEDY HAPPENED ON THIS DAY 56 YEARS AGO. Cruise History looks back at July 25, 1956. The 56th Memorial Anniversary of the sinking of the Andrea Doria.  The first SOS reached the Coast Guard station in East Moriches, Long Island, and an armada of ships were dispatched to rescue more than 700 passengers. We look back at ... Read More »

THE FUTURE OF CRUISING

THE FUTURE OF CRUISING – Cruise Line History and Cruising The past… Why getting there is no longer half the fun! Ships use to be glamorous and elegant. Are these cruise ships just another horrifying version of a MOTEL SIX AT SEA or VEGAS alfoat? Its worse! Take a look at this video for a preview of what cruising is ... Read More »

The Prinzessin Victoria Luise – world’s first cruise ship.

The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship.  Built for the Hamburg America Line, she was launched on June 29, 1900 and served as a cruising passenger ship until December 16, 1906 after being accidentally grounded off Jamaica. Credit for ... Read More »

Website of the Month: Peter Knego’s Midship Century Collection of Furniture and Art from the great cruise ships and liners of the past.

Symbols Of Rome and the Ancients by one of 20th Century Italy’s most important ceramists salvaged from the MV VICTORIA – one of many of the Midship Century collection items recently sold. Cruising The Past presents our choice for website of the month: Peter Knego’s Midship Century. His website offers a vast array of fixtures and furnishings from the great ... Read More »

Passenger Ships – Early 20th Century Photos

Passenger Ships – Early 20th Century Photos. Cruising The Past collection of early steamship photos.  Ships arriving in port. From New York to San Francisco. We’ve identified a Grace Line ship arriving in Manhattan during the dead of Winter. Read More »