Royal Weddings and Royal Yachts

Social History – Royal Weddings and Royal Yachts Video – Royal Weddings and the Palace Balcony Video – BRITANNIA – the British Royal Yacht This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are ... Read More »

1937 SS Columbus of the North German Lloyd Ship Line – Easter Cruise to West Indies From New York March 26, 1937. The largest and fastest German ship.

SOCIAL AND LINER HISTORY: 1937 SS Columbus of the North German Lloyd Ship Line – Easter Cruise to West Indies From New York March 26, 1937.  The largest and fastest German ship. (Left:These are views from the passenger list for the Easter 1937 cruise aboard the SS Columbus.  The itinerary included Port au Prince, Kingston, Havana.) The plans for a ... Read More »

THE BIG RED CARS

The Red Cars route to downtown Los Angeles.  The subway tunnel. Picture Los Angeles today, and most people summon up images of cars and freeways. But if you talk to people of a certain age who grew up in Los Angeles, and mention the words “red cars”, you will hear about a time before the freeways, when a network of ... Read More »

$42 to Cruise from Miami to Havana…

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it would have been the same view in 1958 aboard the ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: ORRIN TUCKER DIES AT 100 – LAST OF THE BIG-BAND LEADERS IS GONE

Social History – Wonderful video celebrating Tucker’s 100 Birthday on Youtube. Orrin Tucker dies at 100; bandleader owned L.A.’s Stardust Ballroom; he was one of the last big-band dance orchestra leaders. The orchestra’s 1939 rendition of ‘Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!’ with Bonnie Baker on vocals was a national hit. In 1975 he turned a Sunset Boulevard skating rink into ... Read More »

HARD ROCK CAFE – THEN AND NOW

Hard Rock Cafe – 1970s… When you see the Hard Rock T-Shirt or hear about how trendy the Hard Rock Cafe is… remember there was a Hard Rock Cafe at 5th and Wall Street on Skid-row in downtown Los Angeles.   This place was about the hardest hard drinking place in the USA. Read More »

Death at Sea: Mrs. Benjamin Mozee – Missing Passenger On Cruise Ship – SS Seeandbee July 29, 1940…

Mrs. Benjamin Mozee – Missing Passenger On Cruise Ship – SS Seeandbee July 29, 1940… Cruise ships are not always the paradise at sea… Mrs. Frank R. Elliott the sister-in-law of Mrs. Benjamin Mozee said she saw Mrs. Mozee off when she boarded the steamship on the Great Lakes cruise. She believes that Mrs Mozee was robbed, murdered and dumped ... Read More »

The beatiful CORSAIR… One of the first cruise ships to sail after World War 2…

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 »

CRUISING THE GREAT LAKES IN THE 1930s ABOARD THE STEAMER SEEANDBEE

YOUTUBE VIDEO – EXCELLENT GREAT LAKES FOOTAGE – MERIT CLUB CRUISE ON BOARD S.S. SEEANDBEE, SEPTEMBER 1937 SS Seeandbee (1913-1947) Built in 1913 by the American Shipbuilding Company, Wyandotte, MI as SS Seeandbee for the U.S.-based Cleveland and Buffalo (hence, the name See and Bee) Transit Company as a side-wheel coal-burning excursion steamer destined for their Great Lakes service. The ... Read More »

NEW BRITISH TITANIC TV MINI-SERIES to be filmed…

RMS TITANIC… Linus Roache and Geraldine Somerville are to head the cast of the epic TV dramatization of the RMS Titanic story being written by Julian Fellowes. RMS Titanic running the vessel SS New York off her moorings and almost colliding with her. Downton Abbey creator Julian is scripting a series to be screened by ITV next year, coinciding with ... Read More »

LOOKING AT UK CRUISING PAST…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed in John Elder’s Fairfield Yard, in Glasgow. The British and ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISING AND BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL SERVICE – THE UNION STEASMHIP COMPANY

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 »

A Titanic task: Motor specialists Haynes produce a manual for the “unsinkable ship”

A Titanic task: Motor specialists Haynes produce a manual for the “unsinkable ship” RMS TITANIC was 882ft long, weighed 46,328 tons, and was capable of carrying 3,300 passengers What if they had this book when the Titanic hit the ice-berg… who knows how it might have all turned out? Nearly a century after the ill-fated luxury liner sank on its ... Read More »

FOX THEATRE DETROIT… Location of the GOP Debates…

The lobby and entrance of the Fox Theatre Detroit – One of the Last Great Movie Palaces. Elvis Presley at the Fox Theatre Detroit.  1950s. The once great industrial capital of the world is home to the FOX THEATRE… one of the last remaining movies palace in the USA. Hear the Mighty Wurlitzer play at the grand Fox Theatre in ... Read More »

El Horriya is the fifth largest yacht in the world…

El Horriya is the fifth largest yacht in the world is also one of the oldest super yachts still in operation. El Horriya was originally built in London in 1865 for the King of Egypt and the length was extended in 1872 and in 1905 and last refitted in 1987. Length is 478 feet, top speed 16 knots and total ... Read More »

Elizabeth Taylor sailed Trans-Atlantic many times aboard Cunard Line.

Elizabeth Taylor sailed Trans-Atlantic many times.   These are photos of her voyages aboard Cunard Line. 1950: Aboard the Queen Mary… Newlyweds Elizabeth Taylor and hotel heir Conrad “Nick” Hilton Jr. set a course for romance when the Queen Mary set sail on May 24, 1950, 18 days after the couple said “I do” at the Church of The Good Shepherd ... Read More »

When shipboard travel was an event aboard the SS Lurline… and a disappointment on Cunard’s mediocre cruise-ship Queen Victoria

A  wonderful photo of Matson Line’s SS LURLINE during the late 1930s.  The enclosed promenade deck.  A steward serving bouillon in the late morning before luncheon.  A boy looking out to the sea.  This is now a total memory. I recently sailed trans-Atlantic aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria.  The ship had no promenade.  There were no deck chairs similar to ... Read More »

1919 POSTCARD MESSAGE: “KILLING A LITTLE WHILE ON THIS TUB” – ABOARD ALASKA STEAMSHIP’S SS JEFFERSON

Edwin writes: “Killing a little while on this tub…” on this postcard… postmarked 1919 The “tub” – S.S. Jefferson – Photo side of postcard. Alaska Steamship’s SS Jefferson at salmon cannery dock, Port Nellie Juan. The SS Jefferson was built in 1904 and scrapped in 1925. History: Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, 1895-1971 Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to ... Read More »

Newfoundland’s RED CROSS STEAMSHIP LINE

Liner History – Newfoundland’s RED CROSS STEAMSHIP LINE World War I – D Company, First Newfoundland Regiment, lining rails of S.S. Stephano, ready to leave for overseas, March 20, 1915. From the late 1800s until 1929, the main passenger and freight-carrying service between St. John’s, Newfoundland and New York (via Halifax, Nova Scotia) was provided by Bowring Brothers Ltd (aka ... Read More »