1952 – The Wreck of the Princess Kathleen

The final moments of the Canadian Pacific small liner SS PRINCESS KATHLEEN on September 7th, 1052. The Princess Kathleen sails to Alaska. The Canadian Pacific Line’s 6,000-ton Princess Kathleen, queen of Alaskan liners, was 18 miles from Juneau on the last trip of the season from Vancouver, B.C. to Skagway, Alaska. It was 3:15 a.m. Most of the 425 passengers and ... Read More »

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE IN NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY…

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE by Michael L. Grace…  New York Columnist Lucius Beebe: A Real ‘Dandy’… From the 1930s until his death in 1966, Lucius Beebe was the image of celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly open relationship. Columnist Walter Winchell ... Read More »

David Bowie, with a fear of flying, sailed on many liners and cruise-ships.

British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci and P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay. So while other superstars would take the Concorde or private jets to cross the Atlantic, Bowie ... Read More »

The Electroliner… 90 MILES PER HOUR… FROM MILWAUKEE TO CHICAGO…

The North Shore Line’s Electroliners was the interurban’s last gasp at retaining its passenger traffic, which had been slowly withering away since after 1910. For most street railway and interurban lines the coming of the automobile put an end to an industry that was just a few decades old.  The 1920s and the Great Depression later that decade bankrupted and ... Read More »

French Lines’s SS De Grasse was the liner that represented France after World War 2…

The De Grasse was the first French merchant ship to restore the North Atlantic service after World War 2. The repairs and refurbishment took close to two years, but when the De Grasse returned to service in the summer of 1947, she was an almost entirely new ship. Upon her arrival in New York on July 25, 1947, she received a ... Read More »

Beatles first trip to America aboard the Congressional Limited in 1964…

The Beatles were so excited to be madly popular in America they were going to fly down from New York, but a big snowstorm hit Washington and they took the train. The Beatles reserved a couple of cars on the train and got tickets for the press traveling with them. They couldn’t have had a better time. They were always ... Read More »

Student travel in the 1950s… Sailing to Europe aboard The Arosa Line…

A little known shipping service – THE AROSA LINE – it provided Trans-Atlantic service for immigrants, students and families seeking lower fares. The company carried thousands of German and European immigrants to Canada and the USA during the 1950s. Although the company was known as a Swiss organization, all the ships were registered in countries of convenience such as Panama ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON – 26 miles across the sea…

They were called the Big White Steamers and sailed from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – ... Read More »

Cruising to Cuba in 1941…

1941 – Here’s some vibrant color 8mm of what looks like a fun cruise to Cuba aboard the Swedish America Liner Kungsholm, loving shot by one J. Quentin Jaxon of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (at least that’s what the Kodak box said!). A quick check with Kludas would suggest this film is from sometime between 1939 and 1941. Any car aficionados ... Read More »

“Catcher In The Rye” author J.D. Salinger served as a cruise director aboard the MS Kungsholm…

In 1941, the position of entertainment director for the Swedish America Line’s M.S, Kungsholm (built in 1928) was held by Salinger. He authored a number of short stories with the Kungsholm or a “liner” as the setting. Salinger was undoubtedly the Kungsholm’s most famous crew member.      First Class Smoking Room  Here is an excerpt from the short story in Mademoiselle ... Read More »

Cruise wear in the 1930s…

A wonderful group of photographs by Fowler-Bagby showing appropriate outfits for a cruise, or for wear in warm climates; the article appeared in the February issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, 1936. Women cruisers were reminded that they will probably be going ashore, so they will need appropriate clothes for the ports they visit, as well as evening dress for dining ... Read More »

Silicon Valley by sea… Billionaires only… Cruising in the future…

Titans of tech pay $10,000 to party on networking cruise that offers everything from sunrise yoga and world-class cuisine to a live talk with Edward Snowden – but no Wi-Fi… The second-annual Summit of the Sea set sail last month featuring an invite-only guest list with some of the biggest names in tech… Among those who spoke at the event ... Read More »

ELVIS IN HAWAII… sails aboard the SS Lurline and SS Matsonia… 1957…

There’s no question that Elvis Presley loved Hawaii. Whether it was to hold a concert, conduct a benefit, film a motion picture or just vacation with the family, Hawaii held a special place in his heart and the people of Hawaii loved him right back. Elvis first visited Hawaii in 1957 for three concerts including a performance for the troops ... Read More »

Happy Christmas… Aboard a Cunard Line ship… 1920s…

The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first crossing to Halifax and then Boston. Video History of ... Read More »

Christmas at sea… during the Golden Age of travel…

Cruising through Christmas: Vintage pictures reveal the glamour of the holiday season celebrated on the high seas in the 50s and 60s. For those traveling during the holiday season, the Cunard Queen Mary ship is a festive home away from home. Stewards and stewardesses of yesteryear were on hand to carefully decorate the many Christmas trees on board. Santa Claus ... Read More »