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Carnival Corp. Teams With Chinese Wealth Fund to Build Chinese Brand… Costa and Princess soon to be sailing from Shanghai

Carnival Corp. will launch a Chinese cruise brand with financing from a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, bringing the cruise giant’s portfolio to 11 global cruise brands. Up until the late 1940s, American ships sailed to China from San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Crystal Symphony sails the foggy Kanmon Strait to Kochi. Crystal could be next to serve the deluxe Chinese market. China ... Read More »

SS United States to be scrapped…

Historic luxury passenger liner that ferried presidents, superstars and royalty between America and Europe heading for junkyard The SS United States powers through the water in her heyday Marilyn Monroe, JFK and the Mona Lisa all enjoyed the luxurious Atlantic crossing provided by the Titanic-sized SS United States. As for the USA… no sense of history… a nightmarish cabal of ... Read More »

Downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills – via Hollywood and West Hollywood – aboard Pacific Electric’s big “Red Cars” during the 1950s…

Big Red Cars heading for West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and connections to Santa Monica. (Left) This car is coming from Los Angeles via Hollywood and (right) this car is coming from Los Angeles. They are meeting at Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles used to have a public transit system that covered about 25 percent more track mileage than ... Read More »

THE SS MANHATTAN… created the “Manhattan” cocktail… right out of Prohibition…

At the time of their construction, the Manhattan and her sister ship, the Washington, also built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, were the largest liners ever built in the United States, and Manhattan was the first large liner built in the US since 1905. The Manhattan and the Washington were two of the few pure liners built by New York ... Read More »

The all-Pullman PANAMA LIMITED

The Panama Limited was a passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1911 to 1971. The Panama Limited took its name from the Panama Canal, then under construction and three years from completion. For most of its career the train was “all-Pullman,” carrying sleeping cars only. The Panama Limited ... Read More »

50th Anniversary of Princess Cruises – “THE LOVE BOAT”

The SS Princess Patricia was the first “Love Boat”! For those not old enough to recall the ABC-TV series, “The Love Boat” debuted in 1977 and lasted until 1986. The series showcased cruising to the mass market. It is safe to say that ‘The Love Boat” single handedly introduced the concept of vacation cruising to the masses and was responsible ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE HISTORY – THE RMS AQUITANIA

The RMS Aquitania was the longest serving Cunard liner built in the 20th century and survived service in both World Wars. Originally the ship was planned to to operate on the North Atlantic service alongside the Lusitania and Mauretania. The contract to build the ship went to John Brown & Co and great publicity was given to the fact that ... Read More »

Duke Kahanamoku… King of the Surfboard…

Duke Kahanamoku, who won a total of five swimming medals in Olympics from 1912 to 1924, probably did more than anyone else to bring the sport of surfing from his native Hawaiian islands to the United States mainland. Almost in reverse, he also played a substantial part in the Americanization of old Hawaii. Born in Honolulu in 1890, descended from ... Read More »

THE SS NORMANDIE final days…

On February 9, 1942 crowds gathered at New York City’s pier 88 to witness a spectacle. The largest ocean liner in the world was on fire. Fire fighting efforts successfully contained the fire after five and a half hours of effort, but the effort was in vain. Five hours after the flames were out the stricken vessel rolled onto its ... Read More »

Last Ferryboat to San Francisco…

Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California. It was located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the foreground. The ferry ... Read More »

Night Boat…

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services The following video: Home movie of a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of coastal Canada and a clam wrapped up in a ... Read More »

American Banner Lines 1957-1958…

Arnold Bernstein chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for four round voyages from New York to Plymouth and Antwerp. In 1950-1951 Arnold Bernstein was involved with the Incres Line and their ship the EUROPA (ex MONGOLIA of 1923). She spent two seasons running between New York, Plymouth and Antwerp. After these ... Read More »

Social History: Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent…

Over the past 30 years, Los Angeles-based portrait artist, Juan F. Bastos, has executed several hundred portrait commissions on three continents. These oil paintings and pastel drawings hang in private homes, corporate offices, government buildings, embassies, libraries, churches, and universities. A number of Juan Bastos’ portraits remind me of [John Singer] Sargent.” Gore Vidal… Bastos’ work is also represented in ... Read More »

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 ship losses of World War II. The Grand Salon… Although not as well remembered as her larger fleet-mates, the ... Read More »

HISTORY OF AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES…

Early History of Oldest Continuously Operating U.S. Steamship Company. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company, predecessor of the American President Companies Ltd., was founded in 1848, two years before the transcontinental railroad was completed; its founding at this time provides American President Companies its claim as the oldest continuously operated steamship company in the United States. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company ... Read More »

HOTEL ADLON… the finest hotel in Berlin…

One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN. Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon Hotel in Europe’s favorite destination in the 1920s. Hotel Adlon ... Read More »

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND…

Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year before the loss of the RMS Lusitania, it is essentially forgotten. Why? The Empress disaster does not have ... Read More »

Cruising in the 1930s…

A cruising photo and video journey in the 1930s… A wonderful video of cruising in the 1930s… Home movies… Read More »

Panama Pacific Lines… from Los Angeles to New York via the Panama Canal and Havana, Cuba…

Many American flag steamship lines – APL, Matson Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Line, etc. – faced the same fate when the US government 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 that the ... Read More »

RMS ATHENIA … first civilian casualty of World War Two…

The first civilian casualty of World War II. The passenger ship was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA… which was chartered to the Cunard Line. She was sunk without warning west of Scotland by the German submarine U-30. RMS ATHENIA The German U Boat U-30 had been at sea for several days, under strict orders to avoid contact or discovery. On September ... Read More »