Ocean liner to the north: Captain Carroll aboard the SS Olympian.
Happy Fourth of July! Top Caviar use to be served regularly aboard First Class ships. Look hard for it today!
Happy Fourth of July – Liner History – Caviar use to be served on all first class ships… Look hard for it today!
Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar
Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage.
1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished.
Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye – something rarely scene today. See the ship sail up the inside passage… with passengers dancing, dining, playing shuffleboard and man nostalgic scenes of an Alaska steamship far different from the massive ships sailing the Inland Passage today. The Alaska Steamship Company operated passenger service from Seattle to all ports in Alaska from 1895 until 1954. During the summer weekly sailings visited the Inside Passage. The line challenged all kinds of winter conditions and operated year round offering regular sailings as far north as Nome. These are family films and footage taken during the 1920s through the 1950s.
Cruise Line History – July 4th trans-Atlantic liner and Alaska cruise ship dinner menus from the past… featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938 – aboard the SS Manhattan, SS Aleutian and the SS City of Rome.
Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar
United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937 – Australian Kangaroo Tail Soup
1919 POSTCARD MESSAGE: “KILLING A LITTLE WHILE ON THIS TUB” – ABOARD ALASKA STEAMSHIP’S SS JEFFERSON
Edwin writes: “Killing a little while on this tub…” on this postcard… postmarked 1919
The “tub” – S.S. Jefferson – Photo side of postcard.
Alaska Steamship’s SS Jefferson at salmon cannery dock, Port Nellie Juan.
The SS Jefferson was built in 1904 and scrapped in 1925.
History: Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, 1895-1971
Regular monthly boat service from U.S. ports to Alaska began in 1867 following the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Occupation troops were dispatched and cargo and mail soon followed. By 1875 several ship lines were making the voyage up the Panhandle in spite of often inhospitable waters and a treacherous coastline. The first tourists began booking passage as reports of unparalleled scenery were increasingly publicized.
On August 3, 1894, Charles Peabody, Capt. George Roberts, Capt. Melville Nichols, George Lent, Frank E. Burns and Walter Oakes formed the Alaska Steamship Company which would eventually enjoy a near monopoly of freight and passenger service to Alaska.. This group of six men began gathering $30,000 by selling 300 shares of stock, at $100 each. Charles Peabody was named president of the company.
On Jan. 21, 1895, the Alaska Steamship Company was finalized. The first vessel purchased was the 140-foot steamer WILLAPA.