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Cruise and Liner History: RMS Titanic survivor remembered… Oscar Palmquist

Cruise and Liner History: RMS Titanic survivor remembered… Oscar Palmquist… Oscar Palmquist, who died mysteriously in Bridgeport in 1925. Family members and Titanic devotees gathered June 29 at a cemetery in Connecticut to remember a local man who survived the Titanic disaster only to die mysteriously more than a decade later. Oscar Palmquist was a Swedish immigrant who lived through ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – the Lake Michigan steamer TASHMOO…

Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day… the LAKE STEAMER TASHMOO… 4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938…

Cruise Line History – JULY 4TH – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. From “Russian Caviar” to “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938… Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937 – Australian Kangaroo Tail Soup Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ... Read More »

MAD MEN TV Travel in the 1960s – Sailing from Los Angeles to Nassau aboard the P&O-Orient Lines liner SS ORIANA. Part One…

MAD MEN Series Travel in the 1950s and 1960s: Thanks to TravBuddy and contributor Andy99 for the following account of a voyage he made aboard the SS Oriana (P&O Orient Lines) from Los Angeles to Nassau. This voyage was one of many available during the MAD MEN TV era – 1950-1960s. A wonderful video tribute to the SS Oriana… By ... Read More »

1950s – ON THE SUPER DOME OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA – AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT TRAIN TO BE A VICTIM OF AIR TRAVEL

A wonderful promotional film: Take a 1950’s luxury train trip from Chicago to Seattle on the “Super Dome Olympian Hiawatha”, with footage in the diner, coaches, Super Dome, sky top car, and sleepers, running along the Dells, the Mississippi, and the electrified territory in the mountains. Visits are made to many tourist spots along the way. The streamlined Olympian Hiawatha replaced the ... Read More »

1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…

Pullman and American Passenger Trains – Social History – Photos – 1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…     New York Central’s streamlined Mercury One of New York Central’s two class K-5a Pacifics (Nos. 4915 and 4917) that the road streamlined in 1936 for the Chicago–Detroit Mercury appears to have the train well in hand. ... Read More »

Part One: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – President Truman’s Campaign Train…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

The Good Neighbor Fleet – Moore McCormack Lines to South America

Cruise and Liner History: Selections from the Gift of Thomas C. Ragan to the Wolfsonian Florida International University Library… ] During his March 1933 inaugural speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) promised Americans a New Deal, while also pledging to initiate a Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America. Departing from the interventionist “gunboat diplomacy” of his distant cousin former President Theodore ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND sank in fourteen devastating minutes, taking more lives than the Titanic and the Lusitania…

A great video on the lost liner – RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND… Cruise and Social History: the ghost ships – RMS Titanic • RMS Lusitania • RMS Empress of Ireland Join famed “Titanic” discoverer, oceanographer and maritime geologist Robert Ballard on his last expedition to explore the ocean liners of the Gilded Age. The ocean liners of the early twentieth ... Read More »

THE GHOST SHIP – RMS TITANIC – EXPERT TALKS ABOUT NEW BOOK AND WORKING WITH JAMES CAMERON

James Cameron and his collaborators have made more than 30 dives to the wreck of the Titanic, submerged in more than 2 miles (3.8 kilometers) of water beneath the North Atlantic. His voyages to this most famous shipwreck, enabled by his own technical innovations, such as remotely operated vehicles, have changed historians’ knowledge about the Titanic and how it sank. ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: FLOATING PALACES FROM NEW YORK TO BOSTON ON THE FALL RIVER LINE – OPERATING FROM 1847 UNTIL 1937…

Fall River’s Borden family helped fund the company.  They were mainly known for their famous family member: Lizzie Borden.  She was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother… Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the ... Read More »

PASSENGER LISTS – When people traveled by sea on a regular basis. Who was aboard? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Gloria Vanderbilt or Grace Kelly?

 Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel.  Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth.  From French Line to Cunard to Matson – passenger lists were “bibles” aboard ship. Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: J. P. Morgan’s most beautiful cruise-ship ever to sail… the S.S. CORSAIR… A style we will never see again…

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, made cruise history, owning four magnificent yachts christened Corsair, and ... Read More »