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Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN had four lives.

RMS Empress of Japan

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 2 to fight the Nazis, was sold to Hamburg America Line and rebuilt as the Hanseatic for cruise ... Read More »

USA Olympic Team sails aboard the SS AMERICA in 1948

UC Berkeley, rowing, `948

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America to England in 1948. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II, these were the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin. ... Read More »

Novelist John Rechy celebrates the 55th Anniversary of CITY OF NIGHT, a lifetime achievement award and publication of his new novel PABLO.

John Rechy, City of Night, Pablo, Gay

Social History: Los Angeles icon novelist John Rechy, a first-generation Mexican American who has chronicled gay life in America, received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement at a gala ceremony at the University of Southern California last month. John Rechy, like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal shares a star quality and charisma with the giants of American ... Read More »

SS United States Conservancy Receives $100,000

United States Lines, SS United States, Steamships, Liners, Mid-Century, 1950s, 1960s, Cruise Lines, Cruising The Past

She’s the largest luxury cruise liner ever built in the United States using all American products and by American workers: Meet “America’s Flagship,” the S.S. United States. Cruise industry executive and philanthropist Jim Pollin, owner of the Pollin Group and winner of the SS United States Conservancy’s National Flagship Champion Award, presented a check to Conservancy executive director Susan Gibbs ... Read More »

101st Anniversary of the RMS LUSITANIA sinking.

Lusitania, World War 1, Germany, War, Ship disaster, cunard line

Monday, May 7th marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania. The Liverpool-built passenger ship whose destruction sparked the United States’ decision to enter World War I in 1917. “Enlist” (mother and child drowning), by Fred Spear, June 1915. WWI recruitment poster published by the Boston Committee of Public Safety just a month after the Lusitania sinking. ... Read More »

Part 1 – The LURLINE was HAWAII – 70 Years Ago this week the famed cruise liner returned to service after WW 2

Lurline, Matson

70 Years ago this week, Matson Line’s refurbished SS LURLINE  had sailed from San Francisco and Los Angeles on her maiden post-WW 2 voyage to Hawaii. The flagship of Matson’s passenger fleet had just emerged from a stunning $18-million makeover, following six years as a troop carrier with her white ship sisters, MARIPOSA, MONTEREY and MATSONIA. The Lurline was the ... Read More »

The SS MORRO CASTLE – FIRE AT SEA – 137 DEAD!

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On the morning of September 8th, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the SS MORRO CASTLE caught fire and burned, killing 137 passengers and crew members. She was a luxury ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for runs between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The Morro Castle was named for the Morro ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY on the train to Memphis in 1956

ELVIS PRESLEY, TRAIN, SOUTHERN RAILROAD

“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the ... Read More »

Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent with a Latino American influence.

Juan Fernando Bastos (Caracas, 1958) is a portrait artist whose transit through Venezuela, Bolivia, Washington, Baltimore and finally Los Angeles has nourished a one of a kind aesthetic in visual representation. His work has reached different latitudes and represents the success of transcultural phenomena. He’s considered one of the most in-demand portrait artists in the world. Juan considers some of his most ... Read More »

Canada’s Union Steamship Company – The “Uber” for coastal cities – Part 1

UNION STEAMSHIP COMPANY, CANADA, COASTAL SHIPS, CRUISE HISTORY

Until the late 1950s, Union Steamship Company served the small coastal towns of British Columbia, the Queen Charlotte Islands and offered cruises to Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern ... Read More »

Elizabeth Taylor sailed many times times aboard Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

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Besides “crossing the Pond” on Cunard, Elizabeth Taylor sailed to Europe on the French Line’s SS Liberte, cruised to the Mediterranean aboard Cunard’s RMS Caronia and Mauritania. Liz sailed to the Caribbean and South America on the Grace Line’s SS Santa Rosa. She loved ships and the sea. Taylor had sailed a number of times on the RMS Queen Mary with her mother, ... Read More »