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Part Two: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – LADY BIRD JOHNSON Special…

Lady Bird Johnson and hostesses aboard the Lady Bird Special. It was the fall of 1964. The November presidential election was looming as parts of the country still seethed over the Civil Rights Act President Lyndon Baines Johnson had signed into law just a few months earlier. The new legislation eliminated the so-called “Jim Crow” laws and guaranteed blacks access ... Read More »

Part One: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – President Truman’s Campaign Train…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

The Good Neighbor Fleet – Moore McCormack Lines to South America

Cruise and Liner History: Selections from the Gift of Thomas C. Ragan to the Wolfsonian Florida International University Library… ] During his March 1933 inaugural speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) promised Americans a New Deal, while also pledging to initiate a Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America. Departing from the interventionist “gunboat diplomacy” of his distant cousin former President Theodore ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND sank in fourteen devastating minutes, taking more lives than the Titanic and the Lusitania…

A great video on the lost liner – RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND… Cruise and Social History: the ghost ships – RMS Titanic • RMS Lusitania • RMS Empress of Ireland Join famed “Titanic” discoverer, oceanographer and maritime geologist Robert Ballard on his last expedition to explore the ocean liners of the Gilded Age. The ocean liners of the early twentieth ... Read More »

THE GHOST SHIP – RMS TITANIC – EXPERT TALKS ABOUT NEW BOOK AND WORKING WITH JAMES CAMERON

James Cameron and his collaborators have made more than 30 dives to the wreck of the Titanic, submerged in more than 2 miles (3.8 kilometers) of water beneath the North Atlantic. His voyages to this most famous shipwreck, enabled by his own technical innovations, such as remotely operated vehicles, have changed historians’ knowledge about the Titanic and how it sank. ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: FLOATING PALACES FROM NEW YORK TO BOSTON ON THE FALL RIVER LINE – OPERATING FROM 1847 UNTIL 1937…

Fall River’s Borden family helped fund the company.  They were mainly known for their famous family member: Lizzie Borden.  She was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother… Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the ... Read More »

PASSENGER LISTS – When people traveled by sea on a regular basis. Who was aboard? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Gloria Vanderbilt or Grace Kelly?

 Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel.  Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth.  From French Line to Cunard to Matson – passenger lists were “bibles” aboard ship. Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: J. P. Morgan’s most beautiful cruise-ship ever to sail… the S.S. CORSAIR… A style we will never see again…

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, made cruise history, owning four magnificent yachts christened Corsair, and ... Read More »

THE CHILEAN LINE – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) from New York to Chile in the 1930s…

Alonso de Ercilla, Chilean Motorship TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2.  This is the cover of a ... Read More »

Two more months and the SS United States could head to the scrap yard. Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project.

SS United States arrives in New York – 1950 Travel and Social History: Two more months and the SS United States may head to the scrap yard.  Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project. The SS United States, docked in Philadelphia, has been working towards the goal of raising enough money to save the ship ... Read More »

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and ... Read More »

Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… cruising for masochists and ghouls?

Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… Titanic II… I agree with Hazel Gaynor’s piece in the Irish Examiner. The “Titanic II” is just another media gimmick. No one in their right mind is going to sail across the Atlantic on some seven day recreation of a pre-World War I Disney-ride.  Imagine being aboard an old ... Read More »

THE GREAT GATSBY STYLE – a 1929 cruise aboard the Swedish America Line’s MS KUNGSHOLM…

Brooks Bros. collection for the new film The Great Gatsby – very 1929 cruising fashion…  The First Class Lounge on board MS Kungsholm – by many regarded as one of the most beautiful rooms afloat. The MS Kungsholm (II)/Italia – 1928 – 1965 The MS KUNGSHOLM was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1928. Her gross registered tonnage was 21,256 and ... Read More »

The cargo-passenger ships MV EVITA and MV EVITA PERON offered liner service to Argentina from Europe and the USA. They featured cruises to South America…

Liner and Cruise Line History: Does Madona know that Eva Peron had two ships named after her?  The Argentine cargo-passengers liners were called the MV EVITA and the MV EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the MV JUAN PERON. The ships operated from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA.  The ships were streamlined and yacht like. ... Read More »

GOOD MORNING! – Breakfast aboard the Cunard Line when “getting there was half the fun”! MAD MEN memories – during the 1950s and 1960s… Specialty of Cunard: Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise for breakfast…

Specialty of Cunard:  Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise  for breakfast…  During the heyday of Trans-Atlantic service, Cunard Line’s extensive fleet of ships, from the RMS Queen Mary to the RMS Caronia, provided extensive breakfast offerings in all classes.  We’ve included first, cabin and tourist class breakfast menus.  These menus are for liner voyages (New York to Europe) and not cruises.  On ... Read More »