THE SS ATLANTIC…

American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for four round voyages from New York to Plymouth and Antwerp. In 1950-1951 Arnold Bernstein was involved with the Incres Line and their ship the EUROPA (ex MONGOLIA of 1923). She spent two seasons running between New York, Plymouth ... Read More »

FRENCH LINE’S SS NORMANDIE – The tragedy of the world’s greatest passenger ship.

If anything, the French Line’s SS Normandie was too beautiful. She was never as popular as Queen Mary because SS Normandie was like a floating art gallery that overwhelmed? the passengers, whereas Queen Mary was more traditional and felt like a home to the passengers. It’s a disgrace what happened to SS Normandie. To think such a revolutionary, innovative, and ... Read More »

2012 HOTELS – BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR IN PARIS – RENAISSANCE VENDOME

A link to the elegance of the past – our 2012 choice and review for one of the best boutique hotels in Paris – the Renaissance Vendome Hotel. Video of Paris – during the 1920s. One can never capture the feeling of cruising the past in most hotels today.  That chic traveling public is gone.  Clients arriving from a trans-Atlantic ... Read More »

SAILING UP THE AMAZON on the HILARY

Cruise and Liner History: THE BOOTH LINE from LIVERPOOL SHIPS. The HILARY sailing up the Amazon. The Booth Steamship Company’s HILARY of 1931 operated the Booth Line service from Liverpool to Manaus, 1,000 miles up the AMAZON. Ordering the passenger-cargo liner HILARY at the height of the depression was a mark of considerable faith by the Booth Line, and the ... Read More »

CUNARD CHRISTMAS 1928

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first ... Read More »

JAPAN’S FAMOUS LINERS – NYK LINES (Now Crystal Cruises)

THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. Read More »

Review: OCEAN LINER POSTERS… A FIVE STAR BOOK.

Ocean Liner Posters is a wonderful book telling the story of shipping companies and their ships through the art they produced – their posters. For a century, ocean liners were the only way to travel from one continent to another. Millions of passengers travelled on transatlantic routes: millionaires, occupying luxurious suites with dream decors, signed by the best artists of ... Read More »

THE WHITE STAR LINE… Video aboard a White Star Liner in the 1930s…

Cruise Line and Liner History – The White Star Line – Video: A Voyage on a White Star Liner circa 1932… The first company bearing the name White Star Line was founded in Liverpool, England by John Pilkington and Henry Wilson, and focused on the UK–Australia trade, which had increased following the discovery of gold there. The fleet initially consisted ... Read More »

LOST AT SEA…

Cruise and Liner History: Passenger Liners and Great Warriors – Lost Ships – Ghosts of the past… Read More »

The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF was the worst maritime disaster in the history of the world, with more fatalities then the Titanic and the Lusitania combined.

Cruise history and liner history: The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF was the worst maritime disaster in the history of the world, with more fatalities then the Titanic and the Lusitania combined. August 1, 1936 at Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg.  Robert Ley, head of the DAF and KdF drove in the ceremonial first bolt. The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF The MS ... Read More »

SAIL ABORD THE SS MARIPOSA – 1960s – LAST OF THE U.S. FLAG CRUISE SHIPS…

Journey back in time with us now to the SS Mariposa as she embarks on a south seas cruise, photographed in glorious 16mm Kodachrome by Mildred and Harry Brown of Glendale, California between February 25th and April 3, 1963. See leisurely, voyeuristic shots of a lithe woman sunning herself with a tiny folding canopy to shield her face from the ... Read More »

PEARL HARBOR – THE SS LURLINE WAS HALF-WAY FROM HONOLULU TO SAN FRANCISCO

SS Lurline Departing Honolulu with 442nd RCT, 1943 Youtube video – Sailing day on the SS LURLINE from Honolulu, Hawaii… memories now vanished. Cruise History and Liner History: The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She made her destination safely, travelling at maximum speed, and soon ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Centennial may be last chance for the super rich to visit watery grave.

Cruise and Liner History: RMS TITANIC – Centennial may be last chance for the super rich to visit watery grave. Down, down, down you go, for 2 1/2 hours, jammed with two other people in a tiny submersible, all the way to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean — and all for a glimpse, through a 5- or 8-inch porthole, ... Read More »

The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History

Excellent video on the ROTTERDAM Cruise and Liner History – The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History Harland and Wolff, Belfast built Holland America Line’s ROTTERDAM IV in 1908. She held 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class passengers. She was a liner with two funnels, Holland America’s first, 650 feet in length and 77 feet wide. Her ... Read More »

Sir Richard Branson invites Kate Winslet to see the RMS Titanic for real

Liner History – Sir Richard Branson invites Kate Winslet to see the RMS Titanic for real… Kate Winslet is set to see the doomed ship ‘Titanic’ for real – courtesy of billionaire Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin boss had recently divulged his plan to join other tourists paying 38,000 pounds each for a submarine 12,500ft dive to the wreck of ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISE IN 1890s…

Cruising the past: Steamboats such as the SS Amelia and SS Olympian docked at the Turner, Beeton and Tunstall wharfs in Victoria, BC, Canada during the 1890s providing service to Alaska. Ocean liner to the north: Captain Carroll aboard the SS Olympian. SS Olympian and the Muir Glacier. Wake of the SS Olympian and the Muir Glacier in the distance. ... Read More »

SAILING TO INDIA on the ANCHOR LINE…

Ocean Liner History: In 1838 two brothers, Nicol & Robert Handyside set up business in Glasgow as ship brokers and merchants trading with Russia and the Baltic ports. Towards the end of 1852 Thomas Henderson, an experienced ship master, joined the firm. It was not until 1856 that the title of Anchor Line was adopted and the service between Glasgow ... Read More »

THE CHIEF – SANTA FE promotional film on the famed train from the 1950s…

Santa Fe promotional video on the streamliner the CHIEF (not the SUPER CHIEF as stated in the youtube video). Here’s the Chief about to depart from Pasadena, CA., in the 1960s with Pullman sleepers, chair cars, dining car, lunch-counter car and Dome Lounge. Social and travel history: the Santa Fe Chief… The Chief was one of the named passenger trains ... Read More »