Please note: The website is being updated and new entries will be made later in the month. Trust you enjoy the many postings available now. Visit the index archives or search for various ships and lines. Thanks, the Editors… The Italian Line’s SS Rex, launched in 1931, held the westbound Blue Ribbon between 1933 and 1935. The ship was ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE
“If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and the Normandie in particular, it is the mother lode.” Harvey ... Read More »
Cruise History: Michael L. Grace’s story on the RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s “Blue Ribbon Holder” – The fastest ship on the Pacific and a liner with four life’s. From Empress of Japan to World War 2 vessel to Empress of Scotland to the Hanseatic.
More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history. The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s. First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag. It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Editor Michael L. Grace’s story on the tragic life of J. P. Morgan’s luxury yacht CORSAIR IV is featured on New York Social Diary.
The steamer yacht Corsair IV, built for J.P. Morgan Jr. in 1930, after its postwar conversion into a cruise ship in the Pacific. THE TRAGIC LIFE OF CORSAIR IV as featured this week on New York Social Diary… By Michael L. Grace J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.
The LURLINE was Hawaii! William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren) out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on a yacht voyage he captained to Hawaii; the couple named ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934. The SS Champlain was a cabin class ocean liner built in 1932 for the French Line by Chantiers et Ateliers de Saint-Nazaire, Penhoët. She was sunk by a mine off La Pallice, France, in 1940 — one of the earliest passenger ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Our new retro 1950s video celebrating cruising aboard Alaska Line’s SS ALASKA – First Class fares started at $190 per person – 12-Days at sea – Sailing from Seattle, Washington…
Cruise Ship History – Our new retro 1950s video celebrating cruising aboard Alaska Line’s SS ALASKA – First Class fares started at $190 per person – 12-Days at sea – Sailing from Seattle, Washington. Our new historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive!
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive! Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Mothers and Children head for the Suez Canal in 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO to be with their soldier husbands.
Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO… British Service dependents, mothers and children, sailed in January 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s “SS Otranto” from Southampton to Egypt and the Suez. Their husbands were already in the Suez Canal for conflicts at that time. The mothers, along with their children, and possibly for the first time in their lives, set off alone to ... Read More »
Cruise Ship Reviews – Update – July 2008 – Ships that rival the past – Featuring Marjorie Merriweather Post’s fabulous SEA CLOUD!
Owner’s Suite aboard the 64-passenger four-masted barque Sea Cloud. SEA CLOUD was built in 1931 as the Hussar by E.F. Hutton for his wealthy socialite wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her personal suite is the museum-like 410-square-foot No. 1, with Louis XIV-style furniture and a white Carrera marble bathroom with gold-plated faucets. Suite No. 2 was Hutton’s, and it’s 366 square ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: In a 1951 Holiday Magazine Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America – Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. had spent nearly 1500 days at sea “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe!
Holiday Magazine 1951 Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., 1898–1974, became a well-known writer, newspaper publisher, and movie producer. By 1951, he had made 140 trans-Atlantic crossings from New York to Europe. SS America leaving New York Harbor. His mega-bucks parents, General and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, bailed out Vanderbilt on several occasions including paying ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador on the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!
1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on the South Shore. 1939 – The “last season” before Canada entered World War 2 Both ... Read More »
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Cruise Ship History – $250 for 18 Day Cruise from New York to Peru – Dining “under the stars” aboard Grace Line first class Santa Class ships during the 1930s – A brief maritime history of the Grace Line (W. R. Grace & Co.), New York 1882-1969.
Dining Room aboard all first class Grace Line ships in the 1930s featuring “dining under the stars”! Dining under the stars was featured on Grace Line ships from East and West Coast ports to the Caribbean and South America via the Panama Canal during the 1930s until the cruise liners were replaced in the 1950s. The dining room on each ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: SS FLORIDA sails to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person. Including all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.
Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business. Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami. The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami. ... Read More »