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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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) 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 »
Cruise Ship History: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934. The SS Champlain was a cabin class ocean liner built in 1932 for the French Line by Chantiers et Ateliers de Saint-Nazaire, Penhoët. She was sunk by a mine off La Pallice, France, in 1940 — one of the earliest passenger ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive!
Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive! Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Mothers and Children head for the Suez Canal in 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO to be with their soldier husbands.
Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO… British Service dependents, mothers and children, sailed in January 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s “SS Otranto” from Southampton to Egypt and the Suez. Their husbands were already in the Suez Canal for conflicts at that time. The mothers, along with their children, and possibly for the first time in their lives, set off alone to ... 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 – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador on the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!
1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on the South Shore. 1939 – The “last season” before Canada entered World War 2 Both ... Read More »
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Cruise Ship History – $250 for 18 Day Cruise from New York to Peru – Dining “under the stars” aboard Grace Line first class Santa Class ships during the 1930s – A brief maritime history of the Grace Line (W. R. Grace & Co.), New York 1882-1969.
Dining Room aboard all first class Grace Line ships in the 1930s featuring “dining under the stars”! Dining under the stars was featured on Grace Line ships from East and West Coast ports to the Caribbean and South America via the Panama Canal during the 1930s until the cruise liners were replaced in the 1950s. The dining room on each ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: SS FLORIDA sails to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person. Including all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.
Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business. Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami. The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami. ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – First Class Luncheon Menu aboard the SS Bremen in 1932 – “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe in style …
Luncheon a la Carte – in 1932 Norddeutsche Lloyd Line (NDL) steamship offered its first class passengers enroute from New York to Europe a gastronomical feast. Here is the luncheon menu aboard the super liner SS Bremen in 1932. From Eclairs Duchesse to Bananas Orientale. And remember this is for luncheon! For additional information click here and please visit the ... Read More »