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 »
Liner History – United States Line magazine ad from the 1950s. Aboard the SS United States and SS America. Celebrities were featured in many of the United States Lines ads. Including Lord Ismay, the Princess Olga Koudacheff and Bobby Riggs. To get a larger picture of the ads… click on the images. Read More »
MARITIME UNIONS HELP KILL THE AMERICAN PASSENGER SHIP – SS AMERICA LEAVES 100s OF PASSENGERS STRANDED IN 1963.
SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike. Cruising the Past: The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships. Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what? All American passengers ships disappeared in ... Read More »
Cruising the Past: SS MANHATTAN and SS WASHINGTON of the U.S.LINES crossing the pond in 1939. Preview of the SS AMERICA. Just before World War 2. Read More »
Labor Day – SS United States, SS America and SS Constitution – From our collection of photos – busy liners – New York City in the 1950s: SS United States (US Lines) sailing from New York Harbor. SS America (US lines) docked in New York. SS Constitution (American Export Lines) docked in New York. Read More »
Cruise History: The Chandris Line and the SS America was the precursor of Celebrity Cruises. For a history of the SS America click here. One of the ships operated by Chandris was the beautiful Trans-Atlantic liner America previously owned by the United States Line and initially captained by Demitrios Challioris who had been in charge of a crude oil tanker ... Read More »
Cruising the past. Just a long weekend away – Aboard the SS United States or SS America – During the heyday of trans-Atlantic travel in the 1950s – before the Jet made “getting there” what it is today! A living nightmare. Read More »
CRUISE HISTORY: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT. Turned into hotels! The liners QUEEN ELIZABETH, AMERICA, UNITED STATES, CANBERRA and soon to be the QE2.
By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang in India. Others say better a floating hotel than being ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea.
Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United States most likely could have been a crewmember in the stewards or catering department. Notice how canvas curtains have been placed so passengers could not see the burial. Besides the officers, there are mainly ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Salvador Dalí aboard America’s greatest liner the SS UNITED STATES “crossing the pond” in the 1950s!
Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room. And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with friend John Carlyle (and ... Read More »
A Brief History of the Passenger Ship 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, 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 ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: In a 1951 Holiday Magazine Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America – Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. had spent nearly 1500 days at sea “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe!
Holiday Magazine 1951 Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., 1898–1974, became a well-known writer, newspaper publisher, and movie producer. By 1951, he had made 140 trans-Atlantic crossings from New York to Europe. SS America leaving New York Harbor. His mega-bucks parents, General and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, bailed out Vanderbilt on several occasions including paying ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: In 1951 Wall Street business tycoon E. F. Hutton crossed the pond in style aboard United States Lines SS AMERICA
Painting – SS America leaving New York. One of Wall Street’s wealthiest businessmen, Edward F. Hutton (E. F. Hutton) wanted speed and American luxury for business trips to Europe in 1951 – as seen in the Holiday Magazine advertisement featured below. Hutton made the United States Lines his mode of trans-Atlantic transportation. He favored the newly refurbished liner SS America ... Read More »