Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938)

Scrapping The Old Luxury Liner Berengaria (1938) Newsreel footage of scrapping the great Cunard Line’s BERENGARIA (1938). It was a glorious time, a time when the high seas of the North Atlantic were alive with behemoths of steel designed by men of vision and built by men of iron. The great ships of the post dawn 20th century, the ships ... Read More »

Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic?

Very detailed video of the SS Keewatin in 1950s… Touring the SS Keewatin museum today… Have you ever wanted to see the Titanic? Although possible at a price these days the wreck would never be like seeing the real working ship unless you went to Michigan where a stunning example of an Edwardian passenger liner floats to this day and ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2011: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.

Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929. A “section” meant an extra train.  There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »

The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm on July 25th 1956. She rolled over and sank the next morning. 51 lives were lost. Cruise Line History: The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sealanes between Europe and America. Among ... Read More »

SAILING THE PACIFIC ON THE NYK AND OSK LINES in the 1920s – 1930s

Cruise line history: NYK LINES history in the 1920s and 1930s.  Japan had one of the great passenger liner fleets. Ad from Travel Magazine in the late 1930s. CRUISE HISTORY – SAILING ACROSS THE PACIFIC – ABOARD THE NYK LINES AND OSK LINES Jazz Age Destination – 1920s – YouTube video – great films of the fabulous Orient before WW2. ... Read More »

$480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939.

Cruise and Liner History: Moore-McCormick Lines January 1939 ad from Travel Magazine featuring the “Good Neighbor Fleet” with cruises from New York to South America.  This is nine months before World War 2 began. MOORE-McCORMACK LINES HISTORY: $480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939. the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both ... Read More »

Ahoy There! Brooke Astor

Social and Ocean Liner History: Brooke Astor sailed on scores of ocean liners from the 1910 into the 1950s.  This video looks at some of these great ocean liners. Roberta Brooke Astor (née Russell, previously Kuser and Marshall) (March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist and socialite who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, ... Read More »

MOVIE STARS aboard the SS UNITED STATES – from JUDY GARLAND to MARLON BRANDO

Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with friend John Carlyle (and ... Read More »

1950s “MAD MEN” Style Advertisements from Holiday Magazine

Those executives on the hit TV series MAD MEN would have been trained during the 1950a. They would have created ads such as these for the streamliner California Zeyphy, Cunard Line and the New York Central Railroad. Unlike today, travel was elegant and had some class. Getting there was half the fun! California Zephyr magazine ad from early 1950s… Cunard ... Read More »