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THE FIRST GAY CRUISE – 1987 – THIRTY YEARS AGO

The first all-gay cruises were operated by RSVP cruises aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR thirty years ago. This is a retro look at gay life in the 1980s aboard the first gay cruises.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP, the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA STARR. In BUT THE SHOW WENT ON, (the prequel to his ... Read More »

Social History: The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels…

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, often called Legion of Honor by San Franciscans, refers to both the fine art collection and the building that houses it. It was a gift from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels and is a three-quarters scale imitation of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Built on a former cemetery, the plaza ... Read More »

SOS SS UNITED STATES – IS THE FAMED LINER HEADING TO THE SCRAP YARDS?

The SS United States sits indefinitely at a pier in Philadelphia, but she was designed to move fast: Her knifelike prow could cut through the ocean at 44 knots. Inset: The luxury liner crossing the Atlantic in the 1960s. SOS FOR THE SS UNITED STATES – PLEASE HELP SAVE HER! Will the famed liner survive 2010? Walt Disney signing an ... Read More »

FAMOUS LINER RMS QUEEN MARY IS GETTING A LONG-OVERDUE MAKEOVER. HUGO MARTIN OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTS.

Social History: The Los Angeles Times reports in a great story by Hugo Martin the RMS Queen Mary is getting a long-overdue makeover. The company that leases the cruise ship turned floating hotel from the city of Long Beach is investing $5 million to upgrade rooms and restaurants. The RMS Queen Mary, famed Cunard liner, which Long Beach purchased in ... Read More »

Hollywood to Honolulu, the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company…

Cruise History: New book published by the Steamship Historical Society of America features company founded by Harry Chandler, Los Angeles Times publisher, during the 1920s. Hollywood to Honolulu, the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company by Martin Cox and Gordon Ghareeb. The authors spent 14 years researching the company (aka LASSCO) that offered cruises and liner service to the ... Read More »