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Cary Grant’s S.S. REX – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.  Great video. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable)REX was operated as a gambling ship off Los Angeles by Anthony Cornero.  Gary Grant made a movie in the ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry Driscoll’s fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, ... Read More »

Maritime Menus – New York Times features Cruising The Past… When Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar to the final voyage of the RMS Queen Mary to the Rex…

 In connection with the New York Times excellent story on maritime menus, we’ve assembled a large selection of ocean liner and cruise line menus from the past for viewing.  Cruising the Past was featured in the New York Times.  Click here to read the excellent story on ocean liner menus by Kate Murphy.  First Class on Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC in the 1950s…

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »

J. D. SALINGER (Catcher In The Rye) was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941…

Cruise History: Catcher In the Rye’s J. D. SALINGER was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941… MS KUNGSHOLM on Caribbean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to ... Read More »

Holland-America Line History – Cary Grant aboard the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS.

Cary Grant was a big fan of Holland-America Line…   Holland-America Line’s beautiful SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM at the 5th Street Hoboken terminal of the line in 1952. In 1938 one of the most popular and finest ocean liners ever built entered service as the new flagship. SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (1938), a ship of 36,287 gross tons, remained with the company until ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CRUISE INDUSTRY…

SS NORMANDIE – The greatest luxury liner in history…  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, Advertisement 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 ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT AND PRINCESS CRUISES – History of Princess Cruises – The “first” Love Boat!

Princess Cruises History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships. Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting by Michael L. Grace of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of Princess Cruises – the PRINCESS PATRICIA. Ready to sail from Los Angeles, seen docked at the ... Read More »

LOVE BOAT sails into the Sunset…

One of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former Pacific Princess, has made a final voyage to a scrapyard in Turkey. The 42-year-old vessel, recognizable to millions of Americans as the “Love Boat” of 1970s and 1980s television, will be dismantled for its metal and parts. Tiny by today’s standards, the 19,903-ton, 600-passenger ship has been ... Read More »

THE ENTERTAINERS SEEM TO HAVE MORE FUN BACKSTAGE ON CRUISE SHIPS…

This site just isn’t about the past… And the following youTUBE video proves the crews are always having more fun. This was shot aboard the Norwegian Sun. The show, presented by the ship’s entertainers, is far more entertaining than the usual dreary show put on by the cruiseline. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. ... Read More »

UNION STEAMSHIP – CANADA AND ALASKA

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in 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 BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

Sending out “SOS” to save the SS United States…

Great video of the SS United States in the early 1960s… Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, were guests aboard the SS UNIED STATES. Final ‘SOS” – SS United States faces the scrap heap unless more money can be found to save the historic transatlantic cruise liner… She may go the way of Detroit… ... Read More »

Sailing on the SS Lurline to Hawaii – Late 1940s…

Sailing on Matson Line’s SS LURLINE in the 1940s from San Francisco to Honolulu. A wonderful video when “Getting there was half the fun!” The video claims that it is from 1950 but this is actually footage of the Lurline’s maiden voyage from California to Hawaii. Following World War 2, the Lurline was returned to Matson Lines in mid-1946 and ... Read More »