RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

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…

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…

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 »

The new “Love Boat”… Regal Princess.

Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasionally struggle with: finding a balance between fun and refinement. The decor is comfortable, with warm tones and plenty of wood and marble. Regal Princes – Love Boat horn! The Piazza, a hallmark of the line, is truly grand; it’s large, encompasses three decks and has three bold spiral staircases. ... Read More »

Andrea Doria remembered…

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 »

The Southern Pacific’s Streamlined Coast Daylight – America’s most beautiful train! 

When First Class was First Class… First Class Parlor Car Travel aboard the Southern Pacific’s COAST DAYLIGHT – when the passengers dressed to kill.  Woman in Parlor Car during the late 1940s – going from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A total image of the past. The Daylight had its inaugural run on March 1, 1937 and was hauled by ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS” from Clark Gable to Frank Sinatra…

From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says to another character: “Only talent agents and kept woman ride the Chief. But theSuper Chief is an exclusive ... Read More »

Rosa Rio – an American phenomenon…

Rosa Rio was the oldest living theatre organist in the world. She was also a famous staff organist for NBC. She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to click on the You Tube Video arrow above – to see Rosa Rio (at 103 years old) playing the Wurlitzer Organ. ... Read More »

EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s express liner crossed the Pacific during the 1930s in 10 Days…

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent S/S Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. Great video history of the S.S. Empress of Japan… Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… This mighty ship ... Read More »

FRENCH LINE’S SS DE GRASSE – a great Trans-Atlantic liner that sailed for the French Line from New York to Europe after World War 2…

The SS De Grasse was the liner that represented France and the French Line after World War 2. She sailed dramatically from the USA (New York) to Europe through the late 1940s and into the 1950s when the larger French Line vessels replaced her as the only queen of the Atlantic. The French Line’s SS De Grasse.  The first liner ... Read More »

P&O Lines in the 1950s…

Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history. Read More »

1950s CRUISE FASHIONS… From Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly.

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for women of the 50s and 60s, just take ... Read More »

Flight Attendants (Stewardesses) on MAD MEN TV Series… from PSA to Pan Am to TWA…

Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade. Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the period of MAD MEN. Set in 1960s New York, the ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA…

One of the most famous cruise-ships, the millionaires yacht, visits Sydney, Australia in 1951 on her annual world cruise. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship prior to “The Love Boat” era… The passenger list was filled with America’s rich. One of the best social history travel history films. This is an excellent Cunard Line advertising film of the CARONIA through ... Read More »

CANADIAN steamers and cruise-ships to Alaska from the Klondike Gold Rush to the 1950s…

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites; he also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

When the Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners…

Cunard Lines, like many other steamship companies during the 1930s through the 1960s, had public relations staff and photographers cover sailing day of all their liners – including the RMS Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Medea, Parthia and Caronia.   They photographed the stars as they crossed the pond and sailed from New York.  Here is a collection of photos of ... Read More »

THE GRAND MANNER OF MATSON…

Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, is a beautifully produced book covering all six of Matson’s most famous liners, from the maiden voyage of the “Malolo” in 1926 to the farewell of the “Mariposa” in 1978. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson ... Read More »

BIANCA C – When a cruise-ship becomes a deep sea diving attraction off the island of Grenada…

The Bianca C, on the ocean floor off the island of Grenada, faces strong tidal currents, making this an advanced deep dive (with a checkout dive required). The top deck lies at 90 feet and most dives proceed around the stern, where you can swim into the pool, visit the wheelhouse on the aft deck and peer down at the ... Read More »