The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York,?in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. By the 1830s steamships were introduced and ... Read More »
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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 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 is carrying passengers ... Read More »
LINER, SOCIAL AND CRUISE HISTORY: THE OTHER “TITANIC”: THE NAZI VERSION YOU’VE NEVER SEEN… THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II. The Nazi version of the Titanic story that fed shots (and plots?) to later western versions of the tragic tale… The British took footage from the German film for “A Night To Remember”… the German ... Read More »
Excellent video on the ROTTERDAM Cruise and Liner History – The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History Harland and Wolff, Belfast built Holland America Line’s ROTTERDAM IV in 1908. She held 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class passengers. She was a liner with two funnels, Holland America’s first, 650 feet in length and 77 feet wide. Her ... Read More »
Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947 Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra! Home movies of another era. When “Getting There ... Read More »
Social History: History of The Cunard Line – Getting there is half the fun! Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s. The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business. Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but only operating cruise ... Read More »
Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the Lurline to the Queen Mary – these were an important source of information regarding who would be ... Read More »
End Of An Era – The merchant fleets – passenger liners – diminished after the 1950s and 1960s. Passenger ships, flying European and American flags, such as the United States, France, QE 2, Rotterdam, Lurline, would soon be under foreign flags and served by foreign nationals. Stewards were no longer young Brits or Italians or French – but from Indonesia ... Read More »
The Cruise Lines are Liars. The ship’s crews always have more fun. They are partying while the passengers are watching jugglers, ventriloquists or versions of old Broadway Shows!
This site just isn’t about the past… All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. They’re wrong. You use to be able to hang out with crew members. No more. Most of the time the cruise lines are pitching junk like spas, art auctions, napkin folding, etc. Yet the crew are having a blast. And the ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Editor Michael L. Grace’s story on the tragic life of J. P. Morgan’s luxury yacht CORSAIR IV is featured on New York Social Diary.
The steamer yacht Corsair IV, built for J.P. Morgan Jr. in 1930, after its postwar conversion into a cruise ship in the Pacific. THE TRAGIC LIFE OF CORSAIR IV as featured this week on New York Social Diary… By Michael L. Grace J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ... Read More »