THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR

CRUISE HISTORY AND STEAMSHIP HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR

Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2.  This is the cover of a folder advertising their first class steamship service from New York.

This Chilean company started service in the 19th Century.  Up until World War 2, the Chilean Line competed with Grace Line with passengers service from New York to Chile and return.

Various Views of their passenger vessels during the 1920s.


Pictured here is one of the sister ships Aconcagua, Copiapo or Imperial (7,237, 7,279 and 7,279 grt, 440 ft. long). These Chilean Line vessels were built in 1937-38, but taken over by the U.S. as troopships in 1943.


Accommodations aboard the new small liners.

Their vessels operated between Valparaiso, Chanaral, Antofagasta, Iquique, Arica, Mollendo, Pisco, Salaverry, Callao, Paita, Cristobal, New York.

The return voyages: New York, Cristobal, Callao, Mollendo, Arica, Iquique, Tocopilla, Antofagasta, Chanaral, Valparaiso.

After the war, the recently built Chilean vessels, were bought by Turkish Maritime Lines in 1949 and renamed Giresun, Ordu and Trabzon respectively.

The company still operates as a major cargo carrier.

INTERIORS OF PUBLIC ROOMS AND STATEROOMS

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During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…

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