Egypt’s passenger steamship company: The Khedivial Mail Line

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York. SS Mohamed Ali el-Kebir The original name of the company is unknown but it is thought that it was founded in 1858. The Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. was formed in 1898 to operate ships and docks owned by various departments of the Egyptian Government, but little ... Read More »

Greetings from the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company – 1913

The Aorangi (17,491 grt, 600 ft. long) was delivered in 1924 to the Union Line of New Zealand.  She was transferred in 1931 to the Canadian Australasian Line, a company formed jointly by the Union Line and Canadian Pacific to operate the transpacific service between Australia/New Zealand and Canada. She was sold for scrap in 1953. Pacific Liner History: Canadian-Australian ... Read More »

NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY FEATURES THE TRAIN OF THE STARS – THE SUPER CHIEF

Social History: Cruising the Past editor – Michael L. Grace – celebrates the Santa Fe Railroad’s Super Chief – the train of the stars – and an “exclusive club” that ran daily between Chicago and Los Angeles with a feature story on New York Social Diary. CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUPER CHIEF FEATURE in the NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY. Read More »

THE ANDREA DORIA TRAGEDY HAPPENED 57 YEARS AGO

THE ANDREA DORIA TRAGEDY HAPPENED 57 YEARS AGO. Social History and Cruise History.  Looking back to  July 25, 1956. The 57th Memorial Anniversary of the sinking of the Andrea Doria. The first SOS reached the Coast Guard station in East Moriches, Long Island, and an armada of ships were dispatched to rescue more than 700 passengers. Struck in the side, ... Read More »

Lord Ismay, the Princess Olga Koudacheff and Bobby Riggs aboard the United States Lines.

Liner History – United States Line magazine ad from the 1950s. Aboard the SS United States and SS America.   Celebrities were featured in many of the United States Lines ads.  Including Lord Ismay, the Princess Olga Koudacheff and Bobby Riggs. To get a larger picture of the ads… click on the images. Read More »

ROXY THEATRE “The Cathedral of the Motion Picture”

Social History: ROXY THEATRE “The Cathedral of the Motion Picture” If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one look at photos of this palatial movie palace is worth about a million. Often cited as the most impressive movie palace ever built, the Roxy Theatre was called “The Cathedral of the Motion Picture” by its creator and namesake, Samuel ... Read More »

PORTS OF CALL: DELTA LINE AND THE HOME PORT OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE 1940s

PORTS OF CALL:  DELTA LINE AND THE HOME PORT OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE 1940s. The French Quarter – A quick walk from the Delta Line wharf – in the late 1940s.   Cruise Line and Social History – way down South in New Orleans. NEW ORLEANS – PORT OF CALL The New Orleans based steamship comapny introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ... Read More »

Raise the Titanic! Virtually, that is.

Video on the Titanic. Liner and Cruise History: Raise the Titanic! Virtually, that is. On Aug. 18, an expedition will begin exploring the lost ship, some 2.5 miles down on the floor of the Atlantic. “Ultimately our mission is to preserve the legacy of this monument to human history,” says David Gallo of the Woods Hole (Mass.) Oceanographic Institution. Gallo ... Read More »

Holland America Line’s MS NIEUW AMSTERDAM carries on liner and cruise history of the famed cruise line.

Holland America Line’s MS NIEUW AMSTERDAM carries on liner and cruise history of the famed cruise line. Launched from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice on July 4, 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired interior design and art collection. Holland America Line has installed ... Read More »

2010 – ICON WEB AWARD WINNER

A Social History wins honors – The number one “Hip” Historical Website of 2010. Retro meets today! The ICON-WEB AWARD is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1998 during the Web’s infancy, the ICON is presented by The European Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an Executive 750-member body of leading Web experts, ... Read More »

ALCOA TO THE CARIBBEAN

Social and Travel History: Alcoa to the Caribbean. When ALCOA operated three passenger cargo liners to the West Indies.  Modern ships – elegant yet casual service.  A look to the cruising past. Because of shipping shortages in World War I, Alcoa (formerly the Aluminum Company of America) developed its own shipping line to carry bauxite from its source in what ... Read More »

STEAMBOAT ‘ROUND THE BEND – A CRUISE ABOARD THE GORDON C. GREENE – 1949 – 20 Days – Ten Dollars a Day…

The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.  This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Green in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced her in the same year.  The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene heads down the Mississippi in 1949 for New Orleans. (Left: ... Read More »

PATHE NEWSREEL OF QE 2 ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK ON MAIDEN VOYAGE

PATHE NEWSREEL OF QE 2 ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK ON MAIDEN VOYAGE RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the ‘QE2’, is a former Cunard ocean liner, now owned by Nakheel (a division of Dubai World). She was designed to primarily run a transatlantic service from Southampton, England, to New York, USA, and was named after the earlier ... Read More »