HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »

THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time.

Cruise History – THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time. THE MS STELLA POLARIS: A great video of the last voyage of the most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years and probably even in the history of cruising. The ship was considered one of the most ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT …

THE LOVE BOAT – The hit TV series was a major cultural phenomenon from the 1970s into the 1980s.  The TV show altered the style of cruising by ship. Jeraldine Saunders, a former cruise director, was the woman who revived the cruise industry with her book — The Love Boats. “Love Boat” became a household phrase throughout the world after ... Read More »

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay 1928 saw the appearance of the first of the gambling ships that floated off the Los Angeles County coastline. Although it was illegal to conduct a gambling operation in California, the state’s jurisdiction only extended three miles offshore. There was nothing in Federal law that forbid gambling, ... Read More »

HISTORY of the ITALIAN LINE

SOCIAL HISTORY and LINER HISTORY – THE ITALIAN LINE ITALIAN LINE HISTORY The Italian Line or Italia Line, also known as the Italia di Navigazione S.p.A., was a passenger shipping line that operated regular transatlantic service between Italy and the United States, as well as Italy and South America. During the late years ’60, the company was also heavily involved ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX… Dodsworth features much social history and includes scenes aboard the wonderful Italian liner the REX.  Dodsworth is one of the great classic American films.   Our first story on ocean liners in the movies features the Italian Line’s fabulous liner – THE REX.  Dodsworth also used ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE – GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!

Social History: History of The Cunard Line – Getting there is half the fun! Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s. The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business. Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but only operating cruise ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

History of the Holland America Line – Holland America Line Cruises… The HAL liner NIEUW AMSTERDAM in the 1950s with the SS UNITED STATES Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line.  One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis before the Jet took the fun out of crossing the ... Read More »

Mapping of the RMS Titanic wreck begins…

LINER HISTORY – CRUISE SHIP HISTORY – Mapping of the RMS Titanic wreck begins… The bow of the RMS Titanic lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada… THE RMS TIANTIC… A high-tech expedition that aims to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic has begun exploring the ocean floor where ... Read More »

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE HISTORY – BOAT DAYS FROM NEW YORK IN THE 1950s and 1960s

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE HISTORY – BOAT DAY: Sailings from New York aboard the Holland-America Line’s SS Nieuw Amsterdam & US Line’s SS United States during the glamor period of trans-Atlantic crossings from the 1950s. ANOTHER BOAT DAY: The gorgeous mid-century ship TSS ROTTERDAM sailing from New York on May 23, 1966. The end of a full schedule of trans-Atlantic crossings ... Read More »