S.S. PRINCESS MARGURITE from Seattle to Victoria – 1960s…

Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada.   The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.  Trial Island is seen in the background.  The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT NORTHERN – When the San Francisco to Portland steamship was faster than the train…

The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. The company operated two ships, the S.S. Great Northern and S.S. Northern Pacific. The ships proved faster than the SP’s express trains ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY – First class lounge – Departure Day – 1952

from the Marine Salon… The picture above could easily be mistaken for the lounge of a grand hotel in the early 1950s. It’s not. First class passengers are seated in the main lounge of the RMS Queen Mary and they are dressed to kill. A contrast from today’s tennis shoes, pant suits and baseball caps. The ship will soon be ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – 1952 – Five Nights at Sea – from New York to Europe – First Class fares $350 and up…

In 1952 the United States Lines advertised the July 3 maiden voyage of the new SS UNITED STATES. First Class fares started at $350 or $70 a night including deluxe accommodations, meals and transportation from New York to Europe. Similar accommodations on any trans-Atlantic ship today would be way over $350 a night. The SS AMERICA offered first class fares ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: SS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific Steamship – 1930s – 10 Days from Vancouver to Japan

Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… 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. This mighty ship was delivered to Canadian Pacific in Liverpool and sailed ... Read More »

Famous actress Katharine Hepburn preferred Cunard Line’s smaller ships… the RMS MEDIA and PARTHIA

“The Cunarders… the Media and Parthia are my favorite ships…” Katharine Hepburn Cunard Line’s all first class RMS PARTHIA and MEDIA Hollywood stars and celebrities like KATHARINE HEPBURN preferred to travel from New York to England via Liverpool on the smaller, deluxe, all-first-class liners like Cunard’s Parthia and Media. They could avoid the crowds and have much more privacy. Hepburn ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: The SS LURLINE in San Diego

The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier in the 1930s. The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and ... Read More »

Cruise Lines are Liars… the ship’s crews always have more fun…

This site just isn’t about the past… And the following youTUBE video proves the crews are always having more fun. This was shot aboard the Norwegian Sun. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. They’re wrong. You use to be able to hang out with crew. No more. Most of the time the cruise lines ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC – AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea…

American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for four round voyages from New York to Plymouth and Antwerp. In 1950-1951 Arnold Bernstein was involved with the Incres Line and their ship the EUROPA (ex MONGOLIA of 1923). She spent two seasons running between New York, Plymouth ... Read More »