NEW BIOGRAPHY OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH BY JOAN SCHENKAR (“THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH”) … TRAINS AND SHIPS WERE A MAJOR FACTOR IN HIGHSMITH’S GREAT SUSPENSE NOVELS

“Miss Highsmith is a crime novelist whose books one can reread many times. There are wery few of whom one can say that. She is a writer who has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger…” (Graham Greene, ‘Introduction’ to THE SNAIL-WATCHER, 1970). CRUISING ... Read More »

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” SUNDAY (DEC 13th) 70 YEAR REUNION – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA BY FDR

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” 70 YEAR REUNION IN MIAMI THIS SUNDAY (DEC 13) – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA CARRYING OVER 700 GERMAN-JEWISH REFUGES BY FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.  THE MS ST LOUIS IS SEEN ABOVE UNABLE TO DOCK IN HAVANA, CUBA. Telegram appealing unsuccessfully to FDR to help. Postcard view of the ... Read More »

RMS QUEEN MARY – GREAT VIDEO PREVIEW

VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE GREAT LINER SERIES Producer/writer Des Cox has searched the world for over ten years to find the rare archive film necessary to make this most brilliant production. Read More »

SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s.

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS HOMERIC IN 1960s Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau. Another former Matson liner, built in 1931 as Mariposa for the U.S. West Coast – Pacific service. SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s. Cruising the Past: History of Home Line’s SS HOMERIC: Originally the SS ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT NORTHERN – When the San Francisco to Portland by steamship was faster than the train…

Cruising the Past: When going by steamship between San Francisco and Portland was faster than the train. Aboard the SS Great Northern. The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. ... Read More »

ss LURLINE – Matson Line’s Flagship – “The Lurline is Hawaii”!

YOUTUBE – View of Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – A home movie of the SS Lurline on Boat Day in Honolulu. Taken in the early 1960s, this scene was a regular occurrence in Honolulu during the golden era of steamship travel (1927-1978). Each week, Matson’s grand white passenger ships arrived from California or the South Seas, and later continued on ... Read More »

A LONG LIST OF RETIRED CRUISE SHIPS

Cruising the Past and Cruise History – A Long List of Retired Cruise Ships – from 1979 to 2007 For all you cruise ship addicts here is a listing of retired liners. Its extensive, showing you that many of the ships you enjoyed in the past. Many of these are gone, laid up or scrapped. Ships many of you will ... Read More »

COME TRAVEL ABOARD CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH IN 1947

Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra! Home movies of another era. When “Getting There Was Half The Fun!” Click on the following to see YOUTUBE ... Read More »

Great Hotels and Dining Rooms – The Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel

The Pump Room – 1950s… Cruising The Past – Social and Travel History – THE PUMP ROOM – History of The Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel Chicago. The Pump Room – 1960s… When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in The Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise ... Read More »

THE GRACE LINE HISTORY

Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. In 1865, leaving Michael in ... Read More »

Dubai may sell QE2 to tackle debt crisis The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.

Is QE2 doomed to the scrap heap in India?  Bring out the worry beads! Cruise Ship History: Dubai may sell former Cunard Line QE2 to tackle debt crisis – The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.  The QE2 competes with the RMS Titanic for media attention. From ... Read More »

PALM SPRINGS AND THE STREAMLINER

Retro look at the 1950s – Cruising the Past – A major element in the development of Palm Springs was the Southern Pacific Railroad. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains. The SP served Palm Springs from a Spanish style station especially built for the resort in the late 1930s. SP, at one time, ... Read More »

MARITIME UNIONS HELP KILL THE AMERICAN PASSENGER SHIP – SS AMERICA LEAVES 100s OF PASSENGERS STRANDED IN 1963.

SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike. Cruising the Past: The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what?  All American passengers ships disappeared in ... Read More »

DISASTER AT SEA – SS VESTRIS

CRUISE HISTORY – The S.S. Vestris was a passenger and cargo liner built by Workman Clarke & Co. Ltd. of Belfast, Ireland, for the Lamport & Holt Line. She weighed 10,660 gross tons, had twin screw propulsion, a speed of 15 knots, and could carry 280 first class, 130 second class, and 200 third class passengers with a crew of ... Read More »

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a Cruising The Past receives numerous requests for ship’s passenger lists, manifests and listings.   The following may help in your search.  We suggest you visit the following websites: JOE BEINE’S LISTING OF PASSENGER LISTS AND IMMIGRATION RECORDS _______________________________________________________ By searching Google you will find many indexes of passenger lists (also called ... Read More »

Size Matters: Oasis of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

OASIS OF THE SEAS vs RMS TITANIC RMS TITANIC is dwarfed by the new OASIS OF THE SEAS – A comparison in size. Size Matters: Big Media Coverage For The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Creates Cruise Ship History Cruise Ship History: Before Royal Caribbean’s new “Oasis of the Seas” begins its first voyage on December 1, it will already have ... Read More »

SS EVA PERON and SS EVITA – DOES MADONNA KNOW?

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »

The SS OLLANTA – 12,500 Feet Above Sea Level – Ernesto “Che” Guevara crossed Lake Titicaca on his revolutionary journey.

CRUISE HISTORY: High in the Andes mountain range, a huge lake straddles the borders between Bolivia and Peru. Lake Titicaca is one of the largest lakes in South America being more than 115 miles in length and over fifty miles across at its widest point. Although over 12,500 feet above sea level and at least 200 miles from the coast, ... Read More »

HISTORY SETTING OASIS OF THE SEAS – THE LARGEST CRUISE SHIP IN THE WORLD SAILS INTO FLORIDA

Cruise History was made as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Oasis of the Seas arrived into Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The weather was PERFECT!!! Oasis of the Seas is now the largest cruise ship in the world.  Five times bigger than the Titanic.  Watch and listen to the excitement as the Oasis enters her home Port for the first ... Read More »