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RMS ATHENIA … first civilian casualty of World War Two…

The first civilian casualty of World War II. The passenger ship was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA… which was chartered to the Cunard Line. She was sunk without warning west of Scotland by the German submarine U-30. RMS ATHENIA The German U Boat U-30 had been at sea for several days, under strict orders to avoid contact or discovery. On September ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC… 1958… $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class…

AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea. July 1958 – First Class Trans-Atlantic Crossing $312.  Tourist Class $214.  7 days at sea, 8 nights, transportation and all meals. $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class. Times have changed. American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the ... Read More »

THE SS REX… ITALIAN LINE’S FAMOUS LINER…

The Italian Line’s SS Rex, launched in 1931, held the westbound Blue Ribbon between 1933 and 1935. The ship was elegant and had beautiful public rooms. It was considered one of the most beautiful liners in the world.  The video chronicles the life and death of this great liner.  The Rex operated transatlantic crossings from Italy with its running mate, ... Read More »

Love Boat star named “Ambassador” for Princess Cruises..

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Actress Jill Whelan, known as one of the stars of The Love Boat television show, has been named “Celebrations Ambassador” for Princess Cruises, a role that has been created to help spread the message that special occasions become extraordinary when celebrated on one of the company’s cruise ships or in a spectacular destination. ... Read More »

The Union Steamship Company…sailing north from Vancouver to British Columbia coastal towns and islands…

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 »

History of the Cunard Line…

To write the history of the Cunard Line in a few pages is to compress the history of the steamship itself. In 1840 the majority of the world’s deep sea trade was still carried in sailing ships. Steamships were proving themselves in coastal services, but there were few who would commit untried craft to the high seas. History of the ... Read More »

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 »