Tag Archives: trans-atlantic

Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938

Cruising the Past: Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 (seen above) and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938. These are great scenes of Holland-America Liner’s TSS ROTTERDAM and the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. The ROTTERDAM IV – 1908 – 1940.  -  Built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the ROTTERDAM IV featured service for 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic.

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic. The Titanic was one of the largest passenger ships at its time in 1912. It was captained by Edward John Smith. It left England on April 10, 1912 and docked in France and Ireland before ... Read More »

Cruise History: Anchor Line and Fred Pansing’s portrait of the RMS Caledonia. Premier liner from Glasgow to New York.

This quality three-quarter portrait view of the Anchor Liner CALEDONIA must have earned Fred Pansing some additional acclaim to his already well established reputation with the passenger liner companies. Bristling with speed and strength, the massive liner is churning water on her way to America. The anxious passengers and crew are visible, with the heights of the red air vents ... Read More »

Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the summer of 1939.  By the time this “young commuter” would ... Read More »

Cruising The Past: 1936 German/Nazi Olympics were a destination aboard ships of the North German Lloyd Line. Midnight sailings were offered from New York on the Bremen and Europa.

This ad appearing in the Literary Digest (1936) exploits the Winter and Summer Olympics with service aboard North German Lloyd liners the EUROPA and BREMEN available from New York with a Midnight Sailing.  These departure times, guaranteed morning arrivals in European ports.  Round-trip first class fares started at $215. For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged ... Read More »

Cruise History: Michael L. Grace’s story on the RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s “Blue Ribbon Holder” – The fastest ship on the Pacific and a liner with four life’s. From Empress of Japan to World War 2 vessel to Empress of Scotland to the Hanseatic.

More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history.  The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s.  First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag.  It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW ... Read More »