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 »
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Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »
History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard Line… great video… Champagne was available at any hour. Hollywood ... Read More »
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 »
SS UNITED STATES – The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were “regulars” aboard the famous liner during the trans-Atlantic liner’s years of service. They used the SS United States like the Concord.
Come take a transatlantic aboard the majestic SS United States with this unidentified family circa 1965 who recorded everything with their trusty 8mm camera. Fascinating color shots of cars being loaded by cargo crane, relaxing on deck, kids playing… set to the music of the Meyer Davis Orchestra, it’s almost like being there! Our thanks to ShipGeek.com for this wonderful ... Read More »
13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER… the best film about the RMS Titanic… A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Trailer 100 years ago this month, the illustrious RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage, sailed dangerously through heavy ice in the North Atlantic on her way to New york. Such was the ship’s ... 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 »
Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!
Travel and Social History: Cunard Line’s the RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”! Cunard Line History… One of the best social history travel history films. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship of the 1950s. The passenger list was filled with America’s rich. This ia an excellent Cunard Line advertising film of ... Read More »
The advertisement for the Adelaide Steamship Company’s popular Gulf Trip features the MV Moonta which operated from 1931 to 1955. The Gulf Trip was one of the most popular South Australian holiday tours for fifty years. Moonta is the best remembered of the several ships which operated on the Gulf Trip, which in addition to passengers, carried cargo. The ship ... Read More »
S.S. Great Eastern, a 22,500-ton (displacement) iron steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was built on the Thames River, England. Intended for the passenger and cargo trade between England and Ceylon, she was by far the largest ship the World had yet seen. She was so far ahead of contemporary commercial requirements, and industrial capabilities, that her length (nearly 700 ... Read More »