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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 »

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 »

Art Deco Masterpiece – The SS NORMANDIE

The extraordinary French ocean liner began her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on May 29, 1935. Acknowledged as the center of High Society on the North Atlantic, the Normandie was the grandest, most luxurious and artistic ocean liner ever built. A video history of the Legendary French Luxury Liner SS Normandie in service from 1935 to 1939. ... Read More »

Night-boats in the “Roaring Twenties”!

USC, SS HARVARD

The SS Yale and SS Harvard became known as “white Flyers of the Pacific”! The sister ships each made four sailings a week, carrying 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. The fast coastal ships provided an overnight cruise on the Pacific. They were a very popular way of traveling between ... Read More »

Sailing to Cuba in 1959 aboard the SS Homeric

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In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

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British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

Home movies onboard the SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE

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Sailing in the 1960s onboard the French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE round-trip from New York to Europe. A fun home movie from www.shipgeek.com sailing on the France and Liberte. With the loss of the Normandie in New York Harbour in 1942, the Ile de France became the only French Line largest Trans-Atlantic liner. The elegant German liner Europa, ... Read More »

TSS Awatea – 1930s crossing between Australia and New Zealand.

The TSS Awatea was one of the most beautifully designed compact liners to be built in the mid-thirties and was, without doubt, the ultimate statement in luxurious service. The Awatea followed the Art Deco trend of the day. The interiors were distinguished by fluorescent lighting, aluminum motifs, and gentle pastels throughout the ship that created an understated elegance. She was ... Read More »

Photos of the RMS TITANIC rescue and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown sold at auction for US 42 K

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The album belonged to Louis M Ogden, a New York socialite aboard the RMS Carpathia – the ship that rescued survivors of the Titanic. Carpathia passenger’s scrapbook of the Titanic rescue – including a photo of the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s lifeboat New York socialite Louis M. Ogden’s scrapbook includes several pictures showing the rescue of survivors of the Titanic sinking. Ogden ... Read More »

SS MORRO CASTLE – CRUISE TO CUBA – 200 DIE

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On board the Ward Line’s SS MORRO CASTLE, in the early morning hours of September 7, 1934, a deadly fire erupted in two places on the cruise/liner en route from Havana Cuba to New York City. After wonderful days at sea and a wonderful time in Havana, the cruise turned into a nightmare. Nothing could have been more horrendous for ... Read More »

History of Cruising – From the Britannia to the Love Boat

EARLY CRUISING The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. TRANSATLANTIC BY SAIL and STEAM ... Read More »

Sailing to Alaska – In the 1950s

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. Alaska Line video –  A retro 1954 sailing. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye ... Read More »