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Immigrants, Tourists and Students sailed on the Dutch Victory ships during the 1950s

The SS Groote Beer, a former Victory ship, operated between Europe and North America during the 1950s. The Groote Beer was part of Dutch Victory ships that provided immigrant transportation following World War 2. Along with the Zaiderkruis and Waterman, she brought many immigrants to North America and Australia. On the trans-Atlantic runs, the ships carried 40 First Class passengers ... Read More »

Rain or Shine New York Central’s all-Pullman streamliner Detroiter was the way to go on the Water Level Route

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The New York to Detroit market was once crowded with trains, served primarily by the New York Central and Pennsylvania while the Baltimore & Ohio also offered exceptional services via Washington, D.C. The trains weren’t the victims of cancellation due to weather. The North Easter last week wouldn’t have stopped the trains.   The NYC’s All-Pullman Detroiter was arguably the ... Read More »

The fabulous BREMEN captured the Blue Ribbon

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Sailing aboard North German Lloyd’s magnificent SS Bremen from New York to Bermuda for a 7-Day Cruise in the 1930s. Great images and a wonderful home movie video of the cruise. The SS Bremen was a German-built ocean liner constructed for the Norddeutscher Lloyd line (NDL) to work the transatlantic sea route. Bremen was notable for her bulbous bow construction, ... Read More »

What books were people reading on the RMS Titanic?

RMS TITANIC, PASSENERS, IMMIAGRATION, ANCESTRY, VOYAGE, MENUS, SURVIVORS, EVA HART, MARY DAVIS WILBURN, MICHEL NAVARATIL, MILLVINA DEAN, WASHINGTON DODGE JR, EDITH ROSENBAUM RUSSELL, FRANK PRENTICE, EDWINA TROUTT, RUTH BECKER, BARBARA JOYCE WEST DAINTON, CRUISE HISTORY, MICHAEL L GRACE, CRUISING THE PAST, STEAMSHIPS, LINERS, WHITE STAR LINE, CUNARD LINE HISTORY

As the RMS Titanic was sinking beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, and survivors were thrashing about in the iceberg-clotted waters, what books might they have turned to with which to fashion a homemade life preserver or, in the case of some sturdy Theodore Dreiser novels, an entire raft? It’s hard to determine exactly ... Read More »

Judy Garland is aboard the SS United States! What happened to the Passenger List?

Judy Garland, John Carlyle, Sid Luft, Marlon Brando, Salvidor Dali, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, SS United States, QE2, Prince Rainer, passengers lists, Cunard line, history, cruise line history, cruise history, titanic, michael l grace, it's the love boat, love boat, cruising the past

Judy Garland is sailing today on the SS United States. Everyone knew the famous star was on board because they had a First Class Passenger List. They also read that Marlon Brando, Salvidor Dali along with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were other celebrities sailing to Europe on America’s famous trans-Atlantic liner.  Cunard Line Passenger Lists Passenger lists were ... Read More »

David Bowie, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars on Cunard Line which celebrates its 178th year of sailing the Atlantic today

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  Cunard’s current success rests upon a rich heritage of 178 years of building and operating ocean liners on transatlantic voyages. From its earliest days, the Cunard name has been synonymous with leadership in ocean liners and transatlantic travel, a tradition that continues to this day. Hundreds of stars, celebrities, world figures, and royalty sailed on their ships. The QE ... Read More »

Mexico City’s Buena Vista train terminal in the 1970s.

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This is the first in a series of blogs on the Mexican railway service. These are scenes of Buena Vista Terminal in Mexico City and school children visiting on a morning sometime in the early 1970s. Buena Vista was built in 1961, replacing the older terminal. It was vast and modern. When I could, in the early 1970s, I traveled ... Read More »

Liverpool’s Last Ocean Liners

They epitomized the glamour of international travel in the days before airlines stole their trade. At one time, Liverpool’s landing stage was so busy that ships would be literally queuing in the Mersey to discharge and embark passengers. However, the period from the late 1940s saw both the golden age of Liverpool shipping as well as the decline of its ... Read More »

Albert Ballin created the first pleasure cruise aboard Hamburg-America Line’s S.S. Augustus Victoria in the Gilded Age.

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The German shipping magnate was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. With 25,000 employees, Hapag was the largest shipping line in the world for both freight and people (464,000 passengers in 1913). It was Albert Ballin who also invented the pleasure cruise in 1891. The first Pleasure Cruise The world’s ... Read More »

It’s Oscar time and the Red Carpet Treatment started with the 20th Century Limited

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The all-Pullman extra fare train that ran nightly between New York and Chicago. Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in this Time Magazine advertisement. The “Century” was an express ... Read More »

Princess Grace, Cary Grant and Lucille Ball on the S.S. Constitution

The S.S. Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines and had a very glamour career. She was commissioned in 1951, sailing on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, and innovative ocean liners, following World War 2. ... Read More »

Hotel Granduca – A 5 star hotel slips because of bad management!

The Granduca "Management!"

The best service at the Hotel Granduca is from the excellent Housekeeping Staff and the Valet Parking Services. Room Service waiters are excellent. Restaurant and bar are okay. As for the front desk… it’s a lottery… Then there’s the owner! Everytime you watch TV you are forced to watch Giorgio Borlenghi do his BORE-LENGHI spiel about this hotel before you can watch ... Read More »