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RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND – THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”!

The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster. In this horrific maritime disaster, over a thousand passengers en route from Quebec to Liverpool were lost in just fifteen minutes—the length of time it took for the ocean liner to sink into Canada’s Saint Lawrence River after being hit by a ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

New Video – Sinking of the Italian Line’s ANDREA DORIA

Cruise and Liner History – The Italian Line’s ANDREA DORIA… The Italian Line’s Andrea Doria was one of the largest, most luxurious, and most beautiful passenger ships in the world – indeed, it was one of the most gorgeous ocean liners ever built – 700 feet long with sweeping lines, lovely decor, and expensive artwork. However, it had design problems ... 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 »

RMS TITANIC – Centennial may be last chance for the super rich to visit watery grave.

Cruise and Liner History: RMS TITANIC – Centennial may be last chance for the super rich to visit watery grave. Down, down, down you go, for 2 1/2 hours, jammed with two other people in a tiny submersible, all the way to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean — and all for a glimpse, through a 5- or 8-inch porthole, ... Read More »

The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History

Excellent video on the ROTTERDAM Cruise and Liner History – The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History Harland and Wolff, Belfast built Holland America Line’s ROTTERDAM IV in 1908. She held 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class passengers. She was a liner with two funnels, Holland America’s first, 650 feet in length and 77 feet wide. Her ... 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 »

SAILING TO INDIA on the ANCHOR LINE…

Ocean Liner History: In 1838 two brothers, Nicol & Robert Handyside set up business in Glasgow as ship brokers and merchants trading with Russia and the Baltic ports. Towards the end of 1852 Thomas Henderson, an experienced ship master, joined the firm. It was not until 1856 that the title of Anchor Line was adopted and the service between Glasgow ... Read More »

Sailing aboard the SS United States in the 1960s…

Sailing aboard the SS United States in the 1960s… wonderful home movies.  Ocean Liner History in color. Cruise Line History – Sailing aboard the SS United States from Bremerhaven to New York in 1965. Embark with young Josiah Mullikin as he travels from Southampton to New York aboard the storied SS United States in 1966. The Kodachrome color in these ... Read More »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... Read More »

The MS STELLA POLARIS… the last great cruise ship.

THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time. THE MS STELLA POLARIS: A great video of the last voyage of the most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years and probably even in the history of cruising. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive ... 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 »