More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history. The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s. First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag. It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW ... 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 »
Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.
The LURLINE was Hawaii! William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren) out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on a yacht voyage he captained to Hawaii; the couple named ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934.
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 ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive!
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive! Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Mothers and Children head for the Suez Canal in 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO to be with their soldier husbands.
Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO… British Service dependents, mothers and children, sailed in January 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s “SS Otranto” from Southampton to Egypt and the Suez. Their husbands were already in the Suez Canal for conflicts at that time. The mothers, along with their children, and possibly for the first time in their lives, set off alone to ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: In a 1951 Holiday Magazine Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America – Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. had spent nearly 1500 days at sea “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe!
Holiday Magazine 1951 Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., 1898–1974, became a well-known writer, newspaper publisher, and movie producer. By 1951, he had made 140 trans-Atlantic crossings from New York to Europe. SS America leaving New York Harbor. His mega-bucks parents, General and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, bailed out Vanderbilt on several occasions including paying ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador on the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!
1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on the South Shore. 1939 – The “last season” before Canada entered World War 2 Both ... Read More »
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Cruise Ship History – $250 for 18 Day Cruise from New York to Peru – Dining “under the stars” aboard Grace Line first class Santa Class ships during the 1930s – A brief maritime history of the Grace Line (W. R. Grace & Co.), New York 1882-1969.
Dining Room aboard all first class Grace Line ships in the 1930s featuring “dining under the stars”! Dining under the stars was featured on Grace Line ships from East and West Coast ports to the Caribbean and South America via the Panama Canal during the 1930s until the cruise liners were replaced in the 1950s. The dining room on each ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: SS FLORIDA sails to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person. Including all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.
Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business. Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami. The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami. ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – First Class Luncheon Menu aboard the SS Bremen in 1932 – “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe in style …
Luncheon a la Carte – in 1932 Norddeutsche Lloyd Line (NDL) steamship offered its first class passengers enroute from New York to Europe a gastronomical feast. Here is the luncheon menu aboard the super liner SS Bremen in 1932. From Eclairs Duchesse to Bananas Orientale. And remember this is for luncheon! For additional information click here and please visit the ... Read More »
youTUBE video of 1960s cruise to Barbados aboard the SS HOMERIC – Home Lines Home Lines HOMERIC… The Homeric was originally the Mariposa. She was a 18,017 gross ton ship, length 632 feet x beam 79.4 feet, two funnels, two masts, twin screw, speed 22 knots. Accommodation for 475 first class and 229 cabin class passengers. Built by the Bethlehem ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – Round the World – only $854 First Class – aboard the Dollar Steamship Lines weekly from New York – When a dollar was worth a dollar! 1935.
A thrilling, luxurious trip Round the World was available on a regular basis aboard the Dollar Steamship Lines. In 1935, these great liners were sailing every week of the year from New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco via Hawaii and the Sunshine Route on a big smooth riding President Liner. You could take 85 days to 2 years to ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – American President Lines – Publicity photo of the SS President Cleveland, SS President Wilson and SS President Hoover
1960s composite publicity photo showing three of American President Lines’ handsome trans-Pacific passenger liners. SS President Cleveland, SS President Wilson and SS President Hoover. These modern liners provided regular scheduled service from California to the Orient via Honolulu, Hawaii. When the President Wilson completed her last voyage in 1973, that marked the end of the trans-Pacific passenger service that American ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. Menus 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 Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar Read More »
Cruise Ship History: In 1951 Wall Street business tycoon E. F. Hutton crossed the pond in style aboard United States Lines SS AMERICA
Painting – SS America leaving New York. One of Wall Street’s wealthiest businessmen, Edward F. Hutton (E. F. Hutton) wanted speed and American luxury for business trips to Europe in 1951 – as seen in the Holiday Magazine advertisement featured below. Hutton made the United States Lines his mode of trans-Atlantic transportation. He favored the newly refurbished liner SS America ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – Steamship race from Australia to New Zealand across the Tasman Sea – 1938 – TSS AWATEA (Union Steamship Company) vs the SS MAIRPOSA (Matson Lines).
TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. In her day the Awatea was regarded as one of the most luxurious and fastest liners of ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California cby mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack
The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. MacDonald. Here is a vacation post card, a valentine and ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – A “retro” youTUBE video of cruising aboard the last American steamship line serving the 49th State!
Watch our new video and see what it was like aboard a 1954 sailing to ALASKA on the SS Alaska. This a great retro 1950s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship sail ... Read More »