Cruise and Ocean Liner History: THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS

The Golden Age Of Ocean Liners – Excellent BBC Documentary…

Paul Atterbury embarks on an alluring journey into the golden age of ocean liners, finding out how these great ships made such a mark on the popular imagination and why they continue to enchant to this day.

Paul’s voyage takes him around Britain and reveals a story of design, politics, propaganda, Hollywood glamour and tragedy.

Along the way, he uncovers some amazing survivals from the liners of the past – a cinema in Scotland built from the interiors of the SS Homeric, a house in Poole in which cabins from the Mauretania are lovingly preserved – as well as the design inspiration behind the first great liners.

The first cruise-ship: Prinzessin Victoria Luise

RMS Titanic leaving Belfast… 

The SS Manhattan – United States Lines

The RMS Queen Mary – First Class Dining Room – Cunard Line

Breakfast in bed for film star Paulette Goddard aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth – Cunard Line


About Michael L. Grace

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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