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Last Ferry To San Francisco…

Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the foreground. The ferry is carrying passengers ... Read More »

Heading to South America on the Moore McCormack Lines…

Crossing the Equator on one of the great Moore McCormack Line ships following World War 2. History of this great company… On the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both just shy of 33 years of age) formed Moore & McCormack Company, Incorporated, to charter ships, then to own them.  Capitalized at $5,000 with three officer-directors (Henry F. Molloy, as ... Read More »

Old Hollywood – Social History – Episcopal priest and actor appeared in 40 plus movies…

In “It Happened One Night,” Neal Dodd is just being himself as he prepares to officiate at Claudette Colbert’s garden wedding – even though Colbert jilts her fiance at the altar to run away with Clark Gable. Dodd was play-acting in the 1934 film, as he did in hundreds of movies, although he really was a man of the cloth. ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The Last Call – Crumbling ghost ship fights to return from the brink of the grave…

Try to imagine the United States of America at the end of the second World War, the American People helped make the world safe from the threats of the “isms.” SS United States sails past the Statue of Liberty…  Now imagine a new, sparkling, symbol of our great Nation plying the North Atlantic carrying our flag to the European ports ... Read More »

SS FLORIDA – MIAMI, FLORIDA to HAVANA, CUBA – $42 per person Cruise during the 1940s…

The P&O (Peninsular & Occidental) Steamship Company owned this long-serving liner and operated her from SS Florida throughout her 37-year career, except for 4 years in World War II. Originally the SS Florida connected Tampa, Key West and Havana. In 1934 service was transferred to a Miami-Havana route; in 1954 a weekly Miami-Nassau roundtrip was tried briefly to compete with ... Read More »

Costa Concordia, shipwrecked cruise liner, completes last voyage… Cruise-ships can be very dangerous…

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped. The ship before the negligent disaster by Costa Lines and Carnival Cruises.   The nightmare cruise. If this happened in an open sea – thousands more than the TITANIC would die. Cruise-ships can be very dangerous. Especially when off-shore greedy corporations have ... Read More »

The Coast Daylight was the most beautiful train in the world…

The Coast Daylight had its inaugural run on March 1, 1937 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It was hauled by GS-2 steam locomotives. It was the first of the Daylight series that also included the San Joaquin Daylight, Shasta Daylight, Sacramento Daylight, and Sunbeam. The Coast Daylight ran behind steam from March 1937 until it was dieselized on January ... Read More »

Save the SS UNITED STATES…

Once upon a time, it carried stars, princes and potentates across the Atlantic in high style and at great speed. The SS United States sails into New York during the early 1950s… When travel was first class and not some private just occupied by celebrities with parents who shop at Walmart. The SS America and SS United States docked in ... Read More »

America’s Lacrosse team sails to Europe for the Olympics aboard the SS President Roosevelt.

When the S.S. President Roosevelt departed the New York harbor in the summer of 1928 with all the U.S. Olympics competitors aboard, her passenger list included a large Baltimore contingent — the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team. The Baltimoreans and Hopkins alumni filled the dock as the ocean liner sailed. Lacrosse was not a well-known sport then and the Olympic committee allowed ... Read More »

ARE YOU SAFE AT SEA? OCEAN LINER AND CRUISE-SHIP MURDERS, RAPES AND CRIMES AGAINST PASSENGERS… famous actress was murdered and thrown overboard by crew member…

Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have made cruise history.   The romantic decks of “The Love Boat” can be a very dangerous place.  And crimes still happen today aboard cruise ships.  The International Cruise Victims organization is an advocate group with many suspicious deaths listed. Actress Gay Gibson, the victim, Cabin Steward James Camb, ... Read More »

Happy 4th of July – Top Caviar used to be served on all first class ships…

Even on the 4th of July. Look hard for it today on any cruise-ship. Here is a wonderful video aboard July 1954 sailing of the SS Alaska. Caviar was served. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, ... Read More »

4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century… the SS TASHMOO

Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day…  4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company in Wyandotte, Michigan for Detroit’s White Star Line. The Tashmoo was nicknamed the “White ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON sailed 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

They were called the Big White Steamers. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. The SS ... Read More »

THE FIRST GAY CRUISE… Sailing aboard the SS Bermuda Star in the late 1980s…

One of the first all gay cruises was operated by RSVP cruises aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR. This is a retro look at gay life in the 1980s aboard the first gay cruises.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA STARR. In BUT THE SHOW WENT ON, (the prequel to his ... Read More »

COLIN FARRELL ABOARD AMERICA’S LAST GREAT OCEAN-LINER – THE SS UNITED STATES…

The SS United States is sending out what may be its final distress call.  Colin Farrell is seen aboard the famous ship.   Left) Colin Farrell heads down rusting First Class promenade of the SS UNITED STATES; (Right) The First Class promenade deck during the heyday of trans-Atlantic travel aboard the SS UNITED STATES… when deluxe passengers enjoyed early morning ... Read More »