The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

Sending out “SOS” to save the SS United States…

Great video of the SS United States in the early 1960s… Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, were guests aboard the SS UNIED STATES. Final ‘SOS” – SS United States faces the scrap heap unless more money can be found to save the historic transatlantic cruise liner… She may go the way of Detroit… ... Read More »

Sailing on the SS Lurline to Hawaii – Late 1940s…

Sailing on Matson Line’s SS LURLINE in the 1940s from San Francisco to Honolulu. A wonderful video when “Getting there was half the fun!” The video claims that it is from 1950 but this is actually footage of the Lurline’s maiden voyage from California to Hawaii. Following World War 2, the Lurline was returned to Matson Lines in mid-1946 and ... Read More »

Cruise and Liner History: RMS Titanic survivor remembered… Oscar Palmquist

Cruise and Liner History: RMS Titanic survivor remembered… Oscar Palmquist… Oscar Palmquist, who died mysteriously in Bridgeport in 1925. Family members and Titanic devotees gathered June 29 at a cemetery in Connecticut to remember a local man who survived the Titanic disaster only to die mysteriously more than a decade later. Oscar Palmquist was a Swedish immigrant who lived through ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – the Lake Michigan steamer TASHMOO…

Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day… the LAKE STEAMER TASHMOO… 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 ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938…

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938… Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937 – Australian Kangaroo Tail Soup Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ... Read More »

MAD MEN TV Travel in the 1960s – Sailing from Los Angeles to Nassau aboard the P&O-Orient Lines liner SS ORIANA. Part One…

MAD MEN Series Travel in the 1950s and 1960s: Thanks to TravBuddy and contributor Andy99 for the following account of a voyage he made aboard the SS Oriana (P&O Orient Lines) from Los Angeles to Nassau. This voyage was one of many available during the MAD MEN TV era – 1950-1960s. A wonderful video tribute to the SS Oriana… By ... Read More »


A wonderful promotional film: Take a 1950’s luxury train trip from Chicago to Seattle on the “Super Dome Olympian Hiawatha”, with footage in the diner, coaches, Super Dome, sky top car, and sleepers, running along the Dells, the Mississippi, and the electrified territory in the mountains. Visits are made to many tourist spots along the way. The streamlined Olympian Hiawatha replaced the ... Read More »

1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…

Pullman and American Passenger Trains – Social History – Photos – 1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…     New York Central’s streamlined Mercury One of New York Central’s two class K-5a Pacifics (Nos. 4915 and 4917) that the road streamlined in 1936 for the Chicago–Detroit Mercury appears to have the train well in hand. ... 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 »


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 »