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SS UNITED STATES fastest ship in the world.

With the 65th anniversary of the record-breaking voyage of the SS United States, the SS United States Conservancy has published a clip from the documentary film Lady in Waiting showing footage from the ship’s maiden voyage. On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed New York and proceeded to smash the speed record both east and westbound previously held ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises throws in the towel on saving the SS United States but activists continue the fight..

The S.S. United States, the world’s fastest ocean liner, won’t be sailing the seas again after all. The Titanic-size ship — which in its 1950s prime offered one of the most stylish ways to travel between New York and Europe — has been mothballed for decades, ever since jet travel ended the era of the trans-Atlantic super-liner. It is docked ... Read More »

America’s Lacrosse team sails to Europe for the Olympics aboard the SS President Roosevelt.

When the S.S. President Roosevelt departed the New York harbor in the summer of 1928 with all the U.S. Olympics competitors aboard, her passenger list included a large Baltimore contingent — the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team. The Baltimoreans and Hopkins alumni filled the dock as the ocean liner sailed. Lacrosse was not a well-known sport then and the Olympic committee allowed ... Read More »

CUNARD CHRISTMAS 1928

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first ... Read More »

STARS AND CELEBRITIES AT SEA DURING THE 1920s and 1930s

   SS President Roosevelt.  The SS President Roosevelt was a passenger liner of the United States Lines that was involved in a famous heroic rescue of the crew of the British ship Antinoe in the Atlantic Ocean in January 1926. The captain of the ship, George Fried, was given a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan in honor of his heroism. Helen ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE and RMS QUEEN MARY during World War 2

Ocean Liner History: SS NORMANDIE and RMS QUEEN MARY during World War 2 Video of the SS Normandie The war found the French Line’s elegant trans-Atlantic ocean liner SS Normandie in New York. Soon Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary, later refitted as a troop ship, docked nearby. Then the RMS Queen Elizabeth joined the Queen Mary. For two weeks the three ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – FROM CUNARD LINES TO THE US LINES…

TRAVEL, SOCIAL AND LINER HISTORY – THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – CONTINUING SERIES…  Here are a few great photos of famed liners from the past – from Cunard Lines to the United States Lines… A group of young women at the bar aboard the luxury liner SS MANHATTAN – US Lines, off of New York, 1933. Before the ... Read More »

When the Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners during the 1950s and 1960s.

Cunard Lines, like many other steamship companies during the 1930s through the 1960s, had public relations staff and photographers cover sailing day of all their liners – including the RMS Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Medea, Parthia and Caronia.   They photographed the stars as they crossed the pond and sailed from New York.  Here is a collection of photos of ... Read More »

Wonderful color footage of the great liner SS NORMANDIE…

Wonderful color home movies of the great liner SS NORMANDIE… Crossing The Pond will never again be like this… elegance, glamor and chic passengers are a total thing of the past. No matter what the ship is like – the passengers reflect its greatness – and one look at t-shirts and cargo shorts along with baseball caps – makes one ... 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 »

Cruise Talk Show interviews Michael L. Grace.

Michael L. Grace started out as a writer on THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote the lead segment on this episode starring Anne Baxter – star of “Sunset Blvd.” The number one Cruise Talk Show spoke with Michael L. Grace recently.   The interview centered around his new book: ITS THE LOVE BOAT – How a TV Series changed the cruise industry. ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE – GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!

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 »

BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the RMS Titanic and the SS United States.

“The Cunarder” boat train departs the Southampton Ocean Terminal bound for London Waterloo with passengers from the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The boat train is hauled by SR Bulleid “Battle of Britain” class steam locomotive No 34088 213 Squadron. BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the RMS Titanic and the SS United States. Colonel John J. Astor IV ... Read More »

FAMOUS LINER RMS QUEEN MARY IS GETTING A LONG-OVERDUE MAKEOVER. HUGO MARTIN OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTS.

Social History: The Los Angeles Times reports in a great story by Hugo Martin the RMS Queen Mary is getting a long-overdue makeover. The company that leases the cruise ship turned floating hotel from the city of Long Beach is investing $5 million to upgrade rooms and restaurants. The RMS Queen Mary, famed Cunard liner, which Long Beach purchased in ... Read More »

Is the former Cunard Line QE 2 up for sale again?

Is the former Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth II (known as the QE 2) up for sale again? The QE2.  Will she end up as a hotel or sent to India to be scrapped?  As Dubai goes broke – we look at more steamship history. When Cunard began operating the Queen Mary 2, the venerable Queen Elizabeth II (known as the ... Read More »

RMS QUEEN MARY AND THE BLUE RIBBON

Cunard Line History: RMS QUEEN MARY AND THE BLUE RIBBON RMS QUEEN MARY – Edges Up in Race For Blue Ribbon, POV plane Queen Mary sailing on ocean. We see inside the bridge, operating signal to engine room, officers at map table, tugboats pushing it into dock and MS ship’s commander. A glimpse of John D. Rockefeller Jr. as passenger. ... Read More »

RMS QUEEN MARY – GREAT VIDEO PREVIEW

VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE GREAT LINER SERIES Producer/writer Des Cox has searched the world for over ten years to find the rare archive film necessary to make this most brilliant production. Read More »

BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the Titanic and the SS United States.

“The Cunarder” boat train departs the Southampton Ocean Terminal bound for London Waterloo with passengers from the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The boat train is hauled by SR Bulleid “Battle of Britain” class steam locomotive No 34088 213 Squadron. BOAT TRAINS TO SOUTHAMPTON – From Cunard Lines to the Titanic and the SS United States. Colonel John J. Astor IV waiting ... Read More »

Cruising The Now: DISNEY MAGIC – Cruise Ship Review – Walt Disney was an avid cruiser.

Walt Disney, an avid cruiser, sailed with his family in the 1950s aboard the SS Lurline.  The video shows sailing day from Honolulu in the 50s – Disney and his family would have experienced this event. It was magical. Today, Walt would be sailing aboard Disney Cruises and the Disney Magic. Cruising The Now: Cruise Ship Review of the DISNEY ... Read More »