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The Bull Lines and the mid-century S.S. Puerto Rico.

In 1902, Archibald H. Bull, who had been a partner in the establishment of the Porto Rico Line seventeen years before, founded A. H. Bull and Company to operate a fleet of cargo steamers in the Puerto Rico trade. After World War I, the company’s fleet was in by the assignment of war-surplus cargo ships. Passenger services were begun in ... Read More »

Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and red corners, was famous in shipping circles, especially on the ... Read More »

CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON

CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON… Up until the 1960s, many celebrities, executives, tourists, etc., still sailed by passenger ship.  Here are publicity photos of arrivals and departures. Actress Joan Crawford Posing with Husband Alfred Steele and Children Returning ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »

Messageries Maritimes – Passenger liner arriving from Vietnam.

The French passenger liner SS La Marseillaise is seen arriving in Marseillaise from Vietnam during the 1950s.  She was the largest and most luxurious ship operated by  by the steamship company Messageries Maritimes. La Marseillaise operated between France and the Far East. The elegant vessel was launched in 1944 in the name of Marshal Petain (who was a French general ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »

LOOKING AT THE GRACE LINE

Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable ... Read More »

Brief History of the Passenger Ship and Cruise Industry…

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, Advertisement 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 ... Read More »

THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR

CRUISE HISTORY AND STEAMSHIP HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2.  This is the cover of a folder advertising their first ... Read More »

HAITI – A 1929 VIDEO GLIMPSE OF A FORMER PARADISE (HIT YESTERDAY BY A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE) ABOARD A CRUISE BY THEMS KUNGSHOLM IN 1929

HAITI – A 1929 VIDEO GLIMPSE OF A FORMER PARADISE (HIT YESTERDAY BY A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE) ABOARD A CRUISE BY THE MS KUNGSHOLM. 1929 CRUISE TO HAITI ABOARD THE MS KUNGSHOLM This is a very interesting and detailed video of Haiti during a 1929 cruise – before dictatorships, exploitation, corruption and now a devastating tragic earthquake. For the following information ... Read More »

THE GRACE LINE HISTORY

Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. In 1865, leaving Michael in ... Read More »

THE SS SANTA MARIA IS LAND LOCKED – GRACE LINE – 1930s

Cruise Ship History: The SS Santa Maria – a Grace Line ship – seems land locked while docked in New York.   Grace Line operated year round service to the Caribbean and South America into the 1970s. Read More »

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 »