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Sailing to Cuba in 1959 aboard the SS Homeric

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In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

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British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

Home movies onboard the SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE

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Sailing in the 1960s onboard the French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE round-trip from New York to Europe. A fun home movie from www.shipgeek.com sailing on the France and Liberte. With the loss of the Normandie in New York Harbour in 1942, the Ile de France became the only French Line largest Trans-Atlantic liner. The elegant German liner Europa, ... Read More »

“Give em Hell Harry” wins election on campaign train.

Faced with the likely loss of the 1948 presidential elections, President Harry S. Truman set out from Washington on September 17 on a twelve-day cross-country political barnstorming trip aboard the “Truman Special” from Washington Union Station. The barnstorming “Truman Special” makes a whistle-stop. At the last minute, wealthy Democrats had come through with last-minute contributions to make sure the “Truman Special” ... Read More »

Hitler’s Cruise Line

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The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW, created the first cruise line and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The first cruise line… The Germans operated the first steamship line with ships exclusively devoted to cruising. The Kdf – Kroft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) leisure organization, a part of the national German labor organization, was dedicated to instilling ... Read More »

Throwback Thanksgiving Thursday: When flying was fun in economy class and not a nightmare.

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Once upon a time, flying was fun, comfortable, and glamorous. And this was flying in coach or what we call economy class today. But this all ended on Oct. 24, 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act, the airline industry changed forever, and it can be argued we’re feeling the repercussions still to this day. Unless you ... Read More »

Travel the Now: On board the Indian Pacific streamliner across Australia in 2017

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Traverse the full distance between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Sydney to Perth, in a 2,700-mile odyssey. One of the world’s great long-distance trains. The Indian Pacific rolls across this vast continent like a miniature city on wheels, illuminating the colorful, quirky history, cultures and countryside of Australia as it goes. Stephen & Jess document their trip on the ... Read More »

TSS Awatea – 1930s crossing between Australia and New Zealand.

The TSS Awatea was one of the most beautifully designed compact liners to be built in the mid-thirties and was, without doubt, the ultimate statement in luxurious service. The Awatea followed the Art Deco trend of the day. The interiors were distinguished by fluorescent lighting, aluminum motifs, and gentle pastels throughout the ship that created an understated elegance. She was ... Read More »

SS LIBERTE – Crossing the Atlantic with Elizabeth Taylor and all the stars!

As the SS LIBERTE, the liner became the stop gap flagship for CGT French Line as a replacement for the legendary SS NORMANDIE that had been lost during the Second World War. If the time before the Second World War is indexed within the annals of history for its aspirations of achievement and advancement of technology and design, then, the ... Read More »

Photos of the RMS TITANIC rescue and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown sold at auction for US 42 K

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The album belonged to Louis M Ogden, a New York socialite aboard the RMS Carpathia – the ship that rescued survivors of the Titanic. Carpathia passenger’s scrapbook of the Titanic rescue – including a photo of the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s lifeboat New York socialite Louis M. Ogden’s scrapbook includes several pictures showing the rescue of survivors of the Titanic sinking. Ogden ... Read More »

SS MORRO CASTLE – CRUISE TO CUBA – 200 DIE

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On board the Ward Line’s SS MORRO CASTLE, in the early morning hours of September 7, 1934, a deadly fire erupted in two places on the cruise/liner en route from Havana Cuba to New York City. After wonderful days at sea and a wonderful time in Havana, the cruise turned into a nightmare. Nothing could have been more horrendous for ... Read More »

SS Catalina brought the Chicago Cubs to Catalina Island

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s twin interests in baseball and Catalina Island – he bought Catalina in 1919 and gained a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs in 1921 – dovetailed nicely when he made the decision to have the Cubs train on Catalina starting in 1921.  In doing so, he became the first baseball owner to bring a ... Read More »

History of Cruising – From the Britannia to the Love Boat

EARLY CRUISING The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. TRANSATLANTIC BY SAIL and STEAM ... Read More »

Sailing to Alaska – In the 1950s

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. Alaska Line video –  A retro 1954 sailing. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye ... Read More »

Mid-Century Modern – The Delta Line to South America

The Delta Line was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line,” the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD, and DEL MAR. The ... Read More »