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The SS United States and the latest Range Rover have a lot in common.

The SS United States and the latest Range Rover are both made in large part from aluminum, in order to save weight without sacrificing strength. Both can draw connections to the military; Land Rovers have served with the British armed forces, as well as other armies around the globe, for decades; the United States was designed to be pressed into ... Read More »

Last Ferry To San Francisco…

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 »

AUSTRALIAN Coastal Cruises aboard the MV MOONTA…

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 »

MENU OF FINAL LUNCH ON RMS TITANIC TO SELL FOR $150,000 AT AUCTION.

(Left: Dr. Dodge, Mrs. Dodge and Master Dodge) Liner and Social History:  The RMS TITANIC menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was traveling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior. A menu, dated April 14 1912, shows the luxury food offered up to first-class passengers ... Read More »

CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship.

Cruise history and cruise liner history. The COSTA ALLEGRA’s ordeal at sea.  Forty hours with no electricity.  Carnival Corp had major fire at sea in 2010. CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship. Eight Americans are aboard another poorly run Carnival Corp cruise ship. ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection…

A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection contains the most important collection of Titanic photographs taken during the liner’s voyage from Southampton to Cobh (Queenstown] in  Ireland.  Click here to visit this wonderful website. Frank Browne’s mother died whilst he was young and his father when in his ... Read More »

CRUISING TODAY. CARNIVAL CORP’S PR SPIN GOES AFTER COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN TO DOWNPLAY DANGER OF MEGASHIPS.

People look at the stricken Carnival Corp Costa Cruises ship . The media has jumped on the bandwagon to create as much commotion as possible and thus hide the key issues in this tragedy. Captain Schettino is now accused by the vox populi of abandoning ship. I do not believe this is so. The captain left the bridge when the ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SITMAR LINES AND SITMAR CRUISES

CRUISE HISTORY AND LINER HISTORY: HISTORY OF SITMAR CRUISES AND SITMAR LINE… SAIL WITH SITMAR WONDERFUL VIDEO OF THE MV FAIRWIND DURING THE 1970S… MV FAIRSEA and the Suez Canal 1961. SITMAR CRUISES and SITMAR LINES were common names for the Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi (English: Italian Society of Maritime Transport); an Italian shipping company founded by Russian émigré Alexandre ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC 2 – Who is the villain in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster? Carnival Corp (Micky Arison Israeli-American CEO) or the Captain?

Cruise Ship History and Liner History: Who is the villain in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster? Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp or the Captain? Are today’s mega-ships designed for safety? If this had happened in a rough sea, the Costa Concordia would have made the Titanic look like child’s play. New footage has emerged of the Costa Concordia’s captain on the bridge ... Read More »

Horror evacuation videos aboard Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia – Filipino crews were brave – American owned cruise lines barely pay affordable wages.

(Left: Israeli-American Billionaire Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Corp, hid out in Miami while Costa Concorida passengers suffered) Cruise History and Liner History: Horror evacuation videos aboard Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia.  Getting there is not half the fun  American congressional members refuse to investigate after two US Citizens die. Were the American politicians paid off by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)? ... Read More »

Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s!

The T.S.S. AWATEA Cruise History: Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the only way to cross the Tasman Sea in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, this beautiful jewel ... Read More »

The Princess Victoria disaster – could it happen again?

Cruise and Liner History – The Princess Victoria disaster – could it happen again? 59 years ago, on January 31,1953, the British ferry “Princess Victoria” foundered in severe weather off the Irish coast. She sank shortly after 1400 local time, taking 128 people with her. One of those was the ship’s Radio Officer, David Broadfoot, who continued sending distress messages ... Read More »

French Line’s SS CHAMPLAIN

Ahoy There!  Brooke Astor – The late Brooke Astor, from the 1900s to 1950s, sailed trans-Atlantic on scores of famous liners including the SS Champlain.  These were not cruise ships but floating palaces known as ocean liners.  They would have had three or four classes of travel… First, Cabin, Tourist, 3rd Class and Steerage.  Brooke Astor sailed first or cabin. ... Read More »

GRETA GARBO sails for New York from Sweden in 1929…

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM. Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. The video of her departure from Gothenburg in this clip, after a brief visit to Sweden. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his ... Read More »

OCEAN LINER HISTORY – 1939 NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR AMERICANS ABOARD NAZI SHIP – SS COLUMBUS

OCEAN LINER HISTORY – 1939 NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR AMERICANS ABOARD NAZI SHIP – SS COLUMBUS (SS Columbus being scuttled) At the outbreak of World War Two, SS Columbus was returning to New York form a cruise in the Caribbean when her captain received orders to put into Havana. Further orders were received while at Havana to unload the ... Read More »

The SS FRANCE arrives in port… 1960s…

SS France arriving during her heyday as one of the most elegant and grand ways to enjoy “crossing the pond” – from New York to Europe during the late 1960s… SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or French Line) ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1962. ... Read More »

THE SHAW SAVILL LINE – Great Ocean Liners sailing Around The World

THE SHAW SAVILL LINE – Great Ocean Liners sailing Around The World The SOUTHERN CROSS in 1965 – transiting the Panama Canal – on her regular world cruise service. Cruise History: Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners Deck games on Shaw Savill. The Shaw Savill & Albion Company built two advanced one-class ocean liners for continuous around-the-world service. ... Read More »

SS PASTEUR 1939 Cie de Navigation Sud Atlantique – A career cut short by WW 2.

Great youtube video: The “TSS Pasteur” was a special case in ocean liner history. The great liner was never officially in service. It arrived just in time for World War II and saw little passenger service.  The Pasteur was one of the least-documented great liners of its era, yet its interiors were truly magnificent. This video is an excellent collection ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES TO BE SCRAPPED.

SS UNITED STATES TO BE SCRAPPED. The SS United States Conservancy says the SS United States, may soon be scrapped. It says the ship’s current owners, Genting Hong Kong through its subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), are currently collecting bids from scrappers. The SS United States was listed for sale in February, 2009. While NCL offered the Conservancy first right ... Read More »