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Cruising on the SS Yale and the SS Harvard between San Francisco and Los Angeles during the “Roaring Twenties”!

The SS Yale and SS Harvard became known as “white Flyers of the Pacific”! The sister ships each made four sailings a week, carrying 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. The fast coastal ships provided an overnight cruise on the Pacific. They were a very popular way for traveling between ... Read More »

THE FLIP SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND… aboard the RED STAR LINE…

Saved many Jewish immigrants during World War 2… Everyone knows the story of the poor immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island after a transatlantic journey from Europe. The “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” came by the millions in the late 19th and early 20th century, all with one dream—a better life in America. Their long voyage ended as they ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND…

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

PRINCESS CRUISES – Celebrates 50th Anniversary Today…

From LA to Mexico – Princess Cruises celebrates 50th anniversary – PRINCESS CRUISES celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a trip down memory lane for passengers. To cap a year of 50th anniversary activities, Princess Cruises, which celebrates the five decade mark in 2015, created a special Mexico itinerary sailing today, December 3, 2015. This is exactly 50 years to ... Read More »

Donations save the iconic S.S. United States from the scrapyard…

“It would be like letting the State of Liberty be melted down”… the ship is now docked in Philadelphia… awaiting a new life or the scrapyards…    The S.S. United States sails away into history… On its final voyage…  • The SS United States was launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world’s fastest ship ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE on film…

A great film on the SS Normandie…  Atlantic, Cruise History, cruise line history, uber, cruise ship history, cruise ships ,cruising the past, cunard line, french line, Holland America Line, Matson Line, New York, ss normandie, Titanic,united states lines,videos normandie,world war 2, the love boat Read More »

French Line’s famous SS NORMANDIE in color films.

French Line NORMANDIE – Part One French Line NORMANDIE – Part Two French Line NORMANDIE – Part Three These are probably the finest video available of trans-Atlantic liner service in the late 1930s. Excellent color footage of the French Line’s famous SS NORMANDIE. SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. ... Read More »

FRENCH LINE’S SS NORMANDIE – The tragedy of the world’s greatest passenger ship.

If anything, the French Line’s SS Normandie was too beautiful. She was never as popular as Queen Mary because SS Normandie was like a floating art gallery that overwhelmed? the passengers, whereas Queen Mary was more traditional and felt like a home to the passengers. It’s a disgrace what happened to SS Normandie. To think such a revolutionary, innovative, and ... Read More »

SAILING UP THE AMAZON on the HILARY

Cruise and Liner History: THE BOOTH LINE from LIVERPOOL SHIPS. The HILARY sailing up the Amazon. The Booth Steamship Company’s HILARY of 1931 operated the Booth Line service from Liverpool to Manaus, 1,000 miles up the AMAZON. Ordering the passenger-cargo liner HILARY at the height of the depression was a mark of considerable faith by the Booth Line, and the ... 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 »

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 »

The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF was the worst maritime disaster in the history of the world, with more fatalities then the Titanic and the Lusitania combined.

Cruise history and liner history: The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF was the worst maritime disaster in the history of the world, with more fatalities then the Titanic and the Lusitania combined. August 1, 1936 at Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg.  Robert Ley, head of the DAF and KdF drove in the ceremonial first bolt. The MS WILHELM GUSTLOFF The MS ... Read More »

PEARL HARBOR – THE SS LURLINE WAS HALF-WAY FROM HONOLULU TO SAN FRANCISCO

SS Lurline Departing Honolulu with 442nd RCT, 1943 Youtube video – Sailing day on the SS LURLINE from Honolulu, Hawaii… memories now vanished. Cruise History and Liner History: The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She made her destination safely, travelling at maximum speed, and soon ... 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 »

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 »

The four lives of Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

Cruise and Liner History: 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 ... Read More »

P&O Lines – SS Ranchi

The S.S. Ranchi was built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. at Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and was launched on 24 January 1925. Her gross registered tonnage was 16,650, her length was 547 feet and her beam 71 feet. She was one of the P&O ‘R’ class liners from 1925 that had ... Read More »

OCEAN LINER HISTORY – 1939 NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR AMERICANS ABOARD NAZI SHIP – SS COLUMBUS

OCEAN LINER HISTORY – 1939 NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR AMERICANS ABOARD NAZI SHIP – SS COLUMBUS (SS Columbus being scuttled) At the outbreak of World War Two, SS Columbus was returning to New York form a cruise in the Caribbean when her captain received orders to put into Havana. Further orders were received while at Havana to unload the ... Read More »