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The streamline modern M.V. Chinook was “The Queen Elizabeth of the Inland Seas”!

The Puget Sound Navigation Company, or the Black Ball Line as it was widely known in the Pacific Northwest, had a long established “night route” between Seattle, Port Angeles, and Victoria. Passengers would embark for a midnight departure time on suites aboard the stately S.S. Iroquois, or, in years past, the S.S. Chippewa or S.S. Indianapolis before the night boat’s ... Read More »

Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and red corners, was famous in shipping circles, especially on the ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and military personnel to French outposts in the Caribbean and the ... Read More »

Hollywood on the high seas…

History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard Line… great video… Champagne was available at any hour. Hollywood ... 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 »

Carnival Corp’s COSTA CONCORDIA Ship Accident Stirs Thoughts of the ITIALIAN LINE’S ANDREA DORIA.

Excellent Video on the ANDREA DORIA. Cruise and Liner History – Carnival Corp’s COSTA CONCORDIA Ship Accident Stirs Thoughts of the ITIALIAN LINE’S ANDREA DORIA. The world was shocked and astounded to learn of the wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan coast. How could a modern, state-of-the-art passenger vessel have succumbed to such a gross ... Read More »

Review: OCEAN LINER POSTERS… A FIVE STAR BOOK.

Ocean Liner Posters is a wonderful book telling the story of shipping companies and their ships through the art they produced – their posters. For a century, ocean liners were the only way to travel from one continent to another. Millions of passengers travelled on transatlantic routes: millionaires, occupying luxurious suites with dream decors, signed by the best artists of ... 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 »

PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS

The new TV Series PAN AM takes you back to a time when flying was fun, and not like the nightmare one experiences today. PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS From the 1920’s until its demise in 1991, Pan American Airlines symbolized all that was luxurious in air travel. Elite fliers packed some of the first commercial use ... 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 »

ALASKA CRUISE – 1950s – $9.00 a day – FIRST CLASS

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – $9.00 a day First Class… 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 Companyas she makes her final departure and ... 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 »

LOOKING AT THE GRACE LINE

Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable ... Read More »

SS L’Atlantique of the Cie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique was an unique example for the next ocean liners of the 1930s.

SS L’Atlantique of the Cie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique was an unique example for the next ocean liners of the 1930s, not only in Interior design, modernity, and wonderful Art Deco areas, but also a bad example regarding the risk of “fire”.   Only 16 months she crossed the seas, when her lacquered interiors, wooden panels, were the victims of a fire ... 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 »