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Cruise Line History – FDR, postcards and other memories from Cunard Line’s RMS Acquitania

Cunard Line’s R.M.S. Aquitania, one of the greatest of all liners, was built for Cunard by John Brown & Co., and was launched in 1913. After her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 30 May 1914, she made only 2 more Atlantic crossings before World War I began. During the war she served as an armed merchant cruiser, ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” sailed away on the French Line’s S.S. LIBERTE – Installment 1 – Cruiseships or Liners in the movies…

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) being driven by her father (John Williams) to sail away on the S.S. LIBERTE. This is one of the final scenes from Paramounts SABRINA directed by Billy Wilder in 1954. Sabrina Fairchild ( Audrey Hepburn) is seated in the front seat of a limousine with her chauffeur father (John Williams). Audrey is being driven into New York ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Special CLASSIC TRAINS Issue … When “cruising” started on trains operated by THE PULLMAN COMPANY that connected with the great liners…

For great coverage of The Pullman Company and deluxe All-Pullman sleeping car trains such as the Santa Fe SUPER CHIEF check out the latest issue of Classic Trains and click on this link to order a copy. The Pullman Company operated the deluxe trians that acted as “boat trains” to provide rail travel so passengers could connect with such Atlantic ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Holland America Line’s R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM – One of the largest, most luxurious and modern vessels every built…

The fabulous R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM on youTUBE. Our thanks to the excellent website ROYAL REGALS – a History of Ocean Liners for various photos and information on this ship. Other photos are from Holland American Line brochures in the Cruise Line History collection. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a statement in Art Deco. The style was seen as elegant, functional and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE SS NORMANDIE in happier times…

A wonderful newsreel short from youTUBE on the S. S. NORMANDIE… The extraordinary French ocean liner began her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on May 29, 1935. Acknowledged as the center of High Society on the North Atlantic, the Normandie was the grandest, most luxurious and artistic ocean liner ever built. Until 1940 it was the largest ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE ANCHOR LINE to India and Pakistan

In 1838 two brothers, Nicol & Robert Handyside set up business in Glasgow as ship brokers and merchants trading with Russia and the Baltic ports. Towards the end of 1852 Thomas Henderson, an experienced ship master, joined the firm. It was not until 1856 that the title of Anchor Line was adopted and the service between Glasgow and New York ... Read More »

Cruise History – Anchor Line’s “S.S. THE CITY OF ROME” the first great cruise liner. More souvenirs from the golden gage of cruising.

THE CITY OF ROME – Constructed of iron, clipper stem, three funnels, four masts, single screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 271-1st, 250-2nd and 810-3rd class passengers. She was considered by many to be the most beautiful steamer ever built and was one of the first ocean liners. 1894 – 4th Of July – Menu ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE – on film

Great youTUBE look at the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE. Probably the greatest ocean liner of all times. Read More »

Cruise Line History – PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – 1930s

The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Passenger Liners 1952  The ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY Passenger Liners – 1935 Passengers on deck enjoying shuffleboard aboard an Alaska Steamship Line steamer in the1930s. En route from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Steamship Company poster – 1930s HISTORY of the Alaska Steamship Company. Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to Alaska began in ... Read More »

CRUISE LINE HISTORY – Around The World aboard American President Lines – first class – 1960 – $2500 per person

Cruise Line History – Traveling in Style aboard the AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES The second President Hoover was built in 1939 as the Panama for the Panama Lines service from New York, via Haiti, carrying 216 first class passengers and cargo. She was sold to American President Lines in 1957, renamed the President Hoover, and put into service on a Pacific ... Read More »

ELDER DEMPSTER LINE – One of the UK’s largest shipping companies…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed in John Elder’s Fairfield Yard, in Glasgow. The British and ... Read More »

Cruise History: THE DELTA LINE

AMERICA’S FIRST POST-WAR LINERS OF THE 1940’s Courtesy James L. Shaw – SM Aug/86 Delta Line’s DEL SUD, one of the three passenger/cargo liners which helped re-establish U.S. trade to South America after the Second World War. Note the dummy ‘funnel’ and twin exhaust uptakes. The Mississippi Shipping Company of New Orleans introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South ... Read More »