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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 »

THE NAZI VERSION OF THE “TITANIC” – THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II.

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 »

Sir Richard Branson invites Kate Winslet to see the RMS Titanic for real

Liner History – Sir Richard Branson invites Kate Winslet to see the RMS Titanic for real… Kate Winslet is set to see the doomed ship ‘Titanic’ for real – courtesy of billionaire Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin boss had recently divulged his plan to join other tourists paying 38,000 pounds each for a submarine 12,500ft dive to the wreck of ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISE IN 1890s…

Cruising the past: Steamboats such as the SS Amelia and SS Olympian docked at the Turner, Beeton and Tunstall wharfs in Victoria, BC, Canada during the 1890s providing service to Alaska. Ocean liner to the north: Captain Carroll aboard the SS Olympian. SS Olympian and the Muir Glacier. Wake of the SS Olympian and the Muir Glacier in the distance. ... Read More »

Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933

Cruise, Travel and Social History: Hurricanes Hit The East Coast – 1938 / 1936 / 1933 Carnival Triumph sailing around Hurricane Isabel Picture taken from U.S. Coast Guard helicopter – 17 Sep 2003.  From a reader who has sailed on cruise ships in weather like this: There is a big slow push from the floor as the bow rise over ... Read More »

The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm on July 25th 1956. She rolled over and sank the next morning. 51 lives were lost. Cruise Line History: The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sealanes between Europe and America. Among ... Read More »

SS EVITA PERON

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »

LOOKING AT UK CRUISING PAST…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed in John Elder’s Fairfield Yard, in Glasgow. The British and ... Read More »

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York.

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York.   As history records the event in Cairo… here is a blog on Egypt’s once excellent trans-Atlantic steamship service. SS Mohamed Ali el-Kebir The original name of the company is unknown but it is thought that it was founded in 1858. The Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. was ... Read More »

A QUEEN CHRISTENS A QUEEN – CUNARD’S NEW LINER QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cunard’s much-awaited new ocean liner, the 2,092-passenger Queen Elizabeth, was christened today by HRM Queen Elizabeth today in Southampton, England. (Left: Queen Elizabeth christens the Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth.) Great Britian’s HRM Queen Elizabeth II today christened the historic Cunard Line’s third ship to bear the Queen Elizabeth name in a rousing dockside ceremony along the Southampton waterfront. “I name ... Read More »

CUNARD’S NEW LINER QUEEN ELIZABETH ARRIVES IN SOUTHAMPTON

CUNARD’S NEW LINER QUEEN ELIZABETH ARRIVES IN SOUTHAMPTON – LATEST VIDEO The new 92,400 tonne Queen Elizabeth liner has arrived at the Southampton docks, where she will officially be named by  Queen Elizabeth on Monday. Built in a shipyard in northern Italy, the latest addition to the Cunard fleet, the liner replaces the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) which made its ... Read More »

WHEN CRUISE SHIPS WERE LINERS.

Social History and Cruise History:  Scenes from the 1930s and 1950s… when cruise ships were elegant liners.  Ships that made liner voyages trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, etc.  They would “cruise” in the off-season.  Feast on these photos of sophistication – of a bygone and forgotten era. First Class promenade deck aboard the Matson Line’s S.S. Monterey sailing from San Francisco to Sydney ... Read More »

Egypt’s passenger steamship company: The Khedivial Mail Line

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York. SS Mohamed Ali el-Kebir The original name of the company is unknown but it is thought that it was founded in 1858. The Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. was formed in 1898 to operate ships and docks owned by various departments of the Egyptian Government, but little ... Read More »

RMS Titanic: World’s Largest Museum Attraction dedicated to the doomed White Star liner opens in Branson, Missouri!

RMS Titanic: World’s Largest Museum Attraction dedicated to the doomed White Star liner opens in Branson, Missouri! The new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn (Branson, Missouri) opened April 8 – with a star-studded Grand Opening hosted by Regis Philbin (pictured left with the Titanic’s museum capatain).  The event, which was open to the public, was also attended by ... Read More »

Help Save the S.S. United States – The Pride of a Nation – Time is running out for the great American Liner – It could be soon headed for the scrap heap.

Great Video – save the SS UNITED STATES Every ship has a soul – Franklin D. Roosevelt The great steamships and liners – UNITED STATES, AMERICA, CONSTITUTION, BRAZIL, SANTA ROSA, LURLINE, PRESIDENT WILSON – were the pride of the nations that built them, an integral part of history, and a glorious symbol of an age passed. Their preservation should have ... Read More »

SS UNTIED STATES – New York wants the great ship to return. Great video of sailing on a cruise to the West Indies during 1964.

Proposal to bring the SS UNITED STATES back to Manhattan. Cruise Ship History: More steamship history with a video cruise aboard the SS United States. In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s ... Read More »

SS EVA PERON and SS EVITA – DOES MADONNA KNOW?

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »

THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory.

Cruise History: THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory. Enjoy these gorgeous full color home movies from SHIPGEEK shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, trans-Atlantic. Crossing the pond. Shipgeek has combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might ... Read More »

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company as she makes her final departure and sails away for the ... Read More »