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America’s all-time American Musical – Oklahoma!

North Carolina School of the Arts’ “OKLAHOMA!” Recreation of the 1943 original production of the most produced American in history proved that the UNC had the hand on presenting great theater. National known conductor John Mauceri served as musical director and artistic supervisor of the stage production. Oklahoma! – Looking back… By the early 1940s, Rodgers and Hammerstein were each ... Read More »

Take a look at Cruise fashion in the 1950s

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. Newsreel clip of fashions 1950 onboard the SS Homeric.  It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for ... Read More »

1928 Olympics Lacrosse Team sails to Amsterdam on the S.S. President Roosevelt

When the S.S. President Roosevelt departed the New York harbor in the summer of 1928 with all the U.S. Olympics competitors aboard. The ship’s passenger list included a large Baltimore contingent — the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team. The Baltimoreans and Hopkins alumni filled the dock as the ocean liner sailed. Lacrosse was not a well-known sport then and the Olympic committee ... Read More »

The streamline modern M.V. Chinook was “The Queen Elizabeth of the Inland Seas”!

The Puget Sound Navigation Company, or the Black Ball Line as it was widely known in the Pacific Northwest, had a long established “night route” between Seattle, Port Angeles, and Victoria. Passengers would embark for a midnight departure time on suites aboard the stately S.S. Iroquois, or, in years past, the S.S. Chippewa or S.S. Indianapolis before the night boat’s ... Read More »

The Bull Lines and the mid-century S.S. Puerto Rico.

In 1902, Archibald H. Bull, who had been a partner in the establishment of the Porto Rico Line seventeen years before, founded A. H. Bull and Company to operate a fleet of cargo steamers in the Puerto Rico trade. After World War I, the company’s fleet was in by the assignment of war-surplus cargo ships. Passenger services were begun in ... Read More »

A great video of the most dangerous and extreme railways in the world!

From the devilish mountain peaks, deep gorges to a temperamental bridge, these trains cross some of the world’s most spectacular and downright dangerous landscapes. If you can handle hair-raising bends and gut-clenching drops, take a ride on the world’s most dangerous railways. Here are the twelve famous dangerous railways featured on “The Most Dangerous Trains in the World” video which ... Read More »

Ferry Building and the gateway to San Francisco

Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s was the gateway to San Francisco. The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California. It was located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaching San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES fastest ship in the world.

With the 65th anniversary of the record-breaking voyage of the SS United States, the SS United States Conservancy has published a clip from the documentary film Lady in Waiting showing footage from the ship’s maiden voyage. On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed New York and proceeded to smash the speed record both east and westbound previously held ... Read More »

Celebrating the 4th of July at Sea!

National holidays were celebrated onboard liners and cruise ships with special events and elaborate menus. From Russian Caviar to Filet Mignon to Ice Cup, Independence Gourmandizes. Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 The Anchor Line trans-Atlantic passenger liner CITY OF ROME, built by the Barrow Ship Building Co was the second largest ship of ... Read More »

Honeymooners loved the Night Boats

When the last night boat ended its service in April 1962, a travel editor noted that it would be especially missed by one particular group of passengers: honeymooners. Twelve hours is plenty of time to get to know someone. These “night boats” operated throughout the United States and Canada from the late 1800s into the 1960s. They provided many overnight ... Read More »