THE LAST AMERICAN FLAG first class passenger-cargo liners… The Grace Line…

The last of American flag passengers ships…  A home video of a trip aboard the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo-passenger ships built by the Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. The first class cargo-passenger ships sailed ... Read More »

THE GATEWAY TO THE SUNSET STRIP…

From the infamous GARDEN OF ALLAH to the mid-century iconic architectural gem LYTTON CENTER to a proposed 20-STORY APARTMENT PROJECT to be built on a major earthquake fault according to experts at CAL TECH… The Garden of Allah was once Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel during from the 1930s through the 1950s.  Corrupt Los Angeles officials ... Read More »

LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY – SOCIAL HISTORY – THE SUPER CHIEF – THE STARS AND PASADENA… GATEWAY TO HOLLYWOOD…

The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café.  This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »

1934: SS MORRO CASTLE… Luxury LIner from New York to Havana… A cruise that ended in disaster.

“El Desastre del Morro Castle” by Leopoldo González interpreted by Trio Matamoros. When the Morro Castle departed Havana for the final time on September 5th 1934, she carried aboard her 318 passengers and a crew of 231. On September 7th, as the voyage drew near to its conclusion, the series of events that culminated in disaster commenced. That night,the weather ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – the “Great White Steamer” – Sails Again from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

The S.S. Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was among several steamships that provided passenger service from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Built at a cost of $1 million for William Wrigley, Jr., the 301-foot steamship carried approximately 25 million passengers to and from Catalina from 1924 through 1975. A great video on the SS CATALINA from Cruising ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS PATRICIA and the THE FIRST LOVE BOAT to sail from Los Angeles…

S.S. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Social History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting Cruising The Past commissioned of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of ... Read More »

CITY OF LOS ANGELES – Rock Hudson aboard the other “Train to the Stars…”

Film star Rock Hudson arrives at Chicago’s Union Station in 1959 aboard Union Pacific’s streamliner City of Los Angeles on a two night trip from California.  The Santa Fe’s Super Chief was known as the Train to the Stars.  But many celebrities preferred Union Pacific’s City of Los Angeles and Southern Pacific’s Golden State. Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the ... Read More »

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer…

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to operate the ship. Waverley then began a second career as ... Read More »

Cary Grant’s S.S. REX – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.  Great video. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable)REX was operated as a gambling ship off Los Angeles by Anthony Cornero.  Gary Grant made a movie in the ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry Driscoll’s fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, ... Read More »