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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 »

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 »

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 »

Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.

Social History: Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.  Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, began working for Union Pacific in 1936. The railroad job helped him lift his family into the middle class. Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, stands next to a 1937 Pullman dormitory/club car at the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. Menus featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938.

Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar Liners and cruise-ships use to serve Caviar in first class – at least once or twice during each voyage.  That is a perk of the past.  Now the food is superior institutionalized cuisine on most ships.   Like a an okay banquet.  The caviar is gone ... Read More »

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship.

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Built for the Hamburg America Line, she was launched on June 29, 1900 and ... Read More »