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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 »

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 »

Cruise Ship History: Walt Disney and his family sailed to Hawaii on Matson Line’s famous liner in the 1950s.

In the 1950s – Walt Disney sailed with this wife and daughters on the Lurline.  Mr. and Mrs. Disney had sailed in the 1930s on Matson Lines.  Walt was a big fan of cruise travel and sailed trans-Atlantic many times.  Walt Disney first sailed to Hawaii with his wife, Lillian, in 1934.  Disney was very friendly with passengers and even ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: “Crusing the Past” – A history of the cruise line industry.

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 Line History – Hello Sailor! Gay life on merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s. Exhibit at the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool, UK.

VIDEO Watch a short video of Jo Stanley talking about the exhibition on the (click here) Homotopia TV blog. Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to be safe. “BACK STAGE” Crew Party. The following is a ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE

    “If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and the Normandie in particular, it is the mother lode.” Harvey ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.

  The LURLINE was Hawaii!  William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren)[1] out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on a yacht voyage he captained to Hawaii; the couple named ... Read More »