SS UNITED STATES – The last American liner still afloat. But for how long?

Best-selling author and illustrator David Macaulay made a case last Thursday for saving the SS United States, a once-majestic ocean liner that has been deteriorating for years at a pier along the Delaware River. It’s “a unique object, a symbol of time in American history that we’ve sort of long since passed,” Macaulay said in a telephone interview. “It’s important ... Read More »

TITANIC HISTORY – At least it won’t sink: Former headquarters of RMS Titanic’s White Star Line transformed into luxury hotel…

The former headquarters of the White Star Line – the shipping company which built and operated the ill-fated RMS Titanic liner – have been transformed into a luxury hotel thanks to a £5.5million renovation, pictured above. The hotel now boasts 65 lavish apartments which will house up to 310 guests across 11 floors… The former headquarters of the shipping company ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Firsts Through History…

Cruises as we know them today are really only about 50 years old, but the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic… These cargo vessels evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines are always competing to ... Read More »

The Flight Attendant and MAD MEN TV…from PAN AM to PSA…

Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade.  Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the period of MAD MEN. Set in 1960s New York, the ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE MYSTERIOUS ABANDONED SEA VESSELS AND GHOSTLIKE PASSENGER SHIPS…

A lot of things can happen at sea — pirates, mutiny, murder and bad weather not to mention (if you’re so inclined) alien abductions, clashes with sea monsters and the mysterious workings of the Bermuda Triangle. George Raft plays a ship’s captain who sets out to get the guys who murdered his father in Johnny Angel (1945) – Raft’s father is the captain ... Read More »

1949: 3-Week MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!

This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene heads down the Mississippi for New Orleans. (Left: Capt. ... Read More »

OSCAR HISTORY… Judy Garland in A STAR IS BORN…

Video history of the 1954 world premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were stars… Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall are seen at the New York premiere of A STAR IS BORN in 1954… This is a great video on the Hollywood premiere for STAR IS BORN at the Pantages Theatre.  Lot’s of fun and ... Read More »

THE GREAT CUNARD LINER RMS MAURETANIA OF 1939

When “Getting There Was Half The Fun!” The Cunard Liner RMS MAURETANIA of 1939 was built on the Mersey by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead. She was only the third Cunard passenger liner to be built on the Mersey, the other two being the CEPHALONIA (1882), and the SAMARIA (1921) Wonderful video of the MAURETANIA on a cruise to the Bahamas ... Read More »

1948: Katharine Hepburn sails aboard Holland-American Line’s S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

Star of stage and screen Katharine Hepburn, becomingly clad in slacks, unbent and gave an interview to the boys of the press as she sailed from New York, June 5th, on the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a Dutch ocean liner built in Rotterdam for the Holland America Line. This Nieuw Amsterdam, the second of four Holland America ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST – HISTORY OF CRUISING…

The first vessel built exclusively for luxury cruising, was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany, designed by Albert Ballin, general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900. HISTORY 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 ... Read More »

Marco Polo (former Soviet liner of yesterday) is hit by major waves… Passenger dies…

Marco Polo on cruise…  The widow of a cruise ship passenger who died when it was hit by a wave in the English Channel has criticized the vessel as “badly maintained”. James Swinstead, 85, of Colchester, Essex, was killed when a huge wave crashed into British cruise ship Marco Polo during severe storms on Friday. News video of accident…  His ... Read More »

Former child star Shirley Temple Black on the good ships “SS Mariposa” and “RMS Queen of Bermuda”…

Sailing to Bermuda (seen above en-route from New York to Bermuda) during the height of her stardom — Shirley Temple died Feb 10th at the age of 85. As a nine-year-old in July, 1938 she embarked for a holiday in Bermuda accompanied by her parents, two toy dolls, three armed bodyguards and a new insurance policy taken out by Hollywood studio ... Read More »

Gloria Swanson, the famous actress, and A’Lelia Walker, the “joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920s” – sail to Europe aboard the SS PARIS…

1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A’Lelia Walker was also aboard sailing in First Class along with Miss Swanson.  Miss Walker would have selected the French Line because France was viewed by many African Americans as a welcome change from the widespread backward racism in the United ... Read More »

Santa Fe’s All-Pullman Streamliner Super Chief… Janet Leigh aboard the Train Of The Stars…

Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a wonderful promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN could have been seen aboard the train all through the 1960s. The train was one of ... Read More »

Cruising to Alaska in the 1950s…

Our own Cruising The Past video featuring the Alaska Steamship Line and their flagship SS ALASKA.  Sailing to the Inside Passage and into northern waters during the 1950s.  Clips from family films along with documentaries on this famous American flag carrier. The Alaska Steamship Company was formed on August 3, 1894. Charles Peabody, one of the six founding members, served ... Read More »