SS INDEPENDENCE – Last ocean liner built in USA heads into the unknown…

Feb 9th – from the San Francisco Chronicle     INDEPENDENCE towed out of San Francisco – Headed for the scrap yard? The historic ocean liner Independence, the last liner built in the United States to sail under the American flag, was towed out of its berth on the San Francisco waterfront Friday headed for an unknown future. It left ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISING – UNION STEAMSHIP

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 »