Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933

Cruise, Travel and Social History: Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933 Carnival Triumph sailing around Hurricane Isabel Picture taken from U.S. Coast Guard helicopter – 17 Sep 2003.  From a reader who has sailed on cruise ships in weather like this: There is a big slow push from the floor as the bow rise over ... Read More »

STARS ABOARD THE SS UNITED STATES

Cruise History and Liner History: Stars aboard the US UNITED STATES… Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid ... Read More »

The RMS Aquitania Arrives In Southampton (1935)

The RMS Aquitania Arrives In Southampton (1935) Newsreel of the Cunard Line RMS ACQUITANIA arriving in Southampton from New York in 1935. RMS Aquitania was a Cunard Line ocean liner that was built by the John Brown and Company shipyard near Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched on 21 April 1913 and sailed on her maiden voyage to New York on ... Read More »

CAN YOU NAME THE PASSENGER CRUISE LINER (1937) PASSING UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE?

CAN YOU NAME THE PASSENGER SHIP (CRUISE LINER) PASSING UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IN 1937? Opening day of the Golden Gate Bridge: May 27, 1937. Can you name this passenger ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge? If you know the name or have an idea… please comment below.   We will post it. The bridge-opening celebration began on ... Read More »

SS MANHATTAN aground off Palm Beach – 1941

The United States Liner S.S. MANHATTAN firmly aground 300 yards off the beach at Lake Worth Inlet in January 1941. The after deck of the US Coast Guard Cutter MOJAVE with the deck crew preparing to pass a 12-inch hawser to the ship in an attempt to tow her off the beach at the next high tide. CBM Earl J. ... Read More »

Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938)

Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938) Newsreel footage of scrapping the great Cunard Line’s BERENGARIA (1938). It was a glorious time, a time when the high seas of the North Atlantic were alive with behemoths of steel designed by men of vision and built by men of iron. The great ships of the post dawn 20th century, the ships ... Read More »

Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic?

Very detailed video of the SS Keewatin in 1950s… Touring the SS Keewatin museum today… Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic? Although possible at a price these days the wreck would never be like seeing the real working ship unless you went to Michigan where a stunning example of an Edwardian passenger liner floats to this day and ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2011: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.

Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929. A “section” meant an extra train.  There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »

The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm on July 25th 1956. She rolled over and sank the next morning. 51 lives were lost. Cruise Line History: The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sealanes between Europe and America. Among ... Read More »

SAILING THE PACIFIC ON THE NYK AND OSK LINES in the 1920s – 1930s

Cruise line history: NYK LINES history in the 1920s and 1930s.  Japan had one of the great passenger liner fleets. Ad from Travel Magazine in the late 1930s. CRUISE HISTORY – SAILING ACROSS THE PACIFIC – ABOARD THE NYK LINES AND OSK LINES Jazz Age Destination – 1920s – YouTube video – great films of the fabulous Orient before WW2. ... Read More »

$480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939.

Cruise and Liner History: Moore-McCormick Lines January 1939 ad from Travel Magazine featuring the “Good Neighbor Fleet” with cruises from New York to South America.  This is nine months before World War 2 began. MOORE-McCORMACK LINES HISTORY: $480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939. the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both ... Read More »

Ahoy There! Brooke Astor

Social and Ocean Liner History: Brooke Astor sailed on scores of ocean liners from the 1910 into the 1950s.  This video looks at some of these great ocean liners. Roberta Brooke Astor (née Russell, previously Kuser and Marshall) (March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist and socialite who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, ... Read More »

MOVIE STARS aboard the SS UNITED STATES – from JUDY GARLAND to MARLON BRANDO

Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with friend John Carlyle (and ... Read More »

1950s “MAD MEN” Style Advertisements from Holiday Magazine

Those executives on the hit TV series MAD MEN would have been trained during the 1950a. They would have created ads such as these for the streamliner California Zeyphy, Cunard Line and the New York Central Railroad. Unlike today, travel was elegant and had some class. Getting there was half the fun! California Zephyr magazine ad from early 1950s… Cunard ... Read More »

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort.

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort. Timeless traditions. Unforgettable experiences. Over two centuries ago, in fact, more than 230 years, in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a most extraordinary happening occurred – we pampered our first guests. And from that moment, until today, when you enter our grounds ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July! Top Caviar use to be served regularly aboard First Class ships. Look hard for it today!

Happy Fourth of July – Liner History – Caviar use to be served on all first class ships… Look hard for it today! Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA ... Read More »

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. Miller has written some 60 books ... Read More »