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SS UNITED STATES beating all odds is saved.

In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s own orchestra, is a nostalgic journey back to cruising the past. Beating the odds, a small group of ship-lovers is finally taking ownership of the ... Read More »

Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent.

Social History: Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of  John Singer Sargent. “A number of Juan Bastos’ portraits remind me of [John Singer] Sargent.” Gore Vidal YouTube video on the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (originally titled Portraits d’enfants). A painting by John Singer Sargent. (Left: Gore Vidal’s painting by Juan Bastos) Juan Bastos has the unique ... Read More »

Social History – The traditional past and Locke-Ober… still the Boston Brahmin dining retreat!

American social history: Locke-Ober… the grand French restaurant in Boston. The Brahmin city is so lucky.   Jack’s in San Francisco and Perino’s in Los Angeles are gone.   So are most of the wonderful American traditional restaurants.  These were dining establishments that would have never permitted some parvenu wearing a baseball cap or backpack to dine amongst the swells.   ... Read More »

The Nomadic will be restored. The tender ferried passengers to the RMS Titanic.

The Nomadic and the RMS Titanic Cruise Liner History:  Belfast, Northern Ireland. Harland and Wolff shipyard has won a £2 million contract to help restore the boat which ferried passengers to the Titanic. The money was awarded by the European Union with additional funding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and will primarily cover work associated with the steelwork and ... Read More »

Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes)

Ocean Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes) In 1835 the French Government created a state owned steamship service between Marseilles and the Levant. This continued until 1851 when it was transferred to the management of Messageries Nationales (the state operated road communication concern). The shipping side of the business was split from the road activities in 1852 under ... Read More »

American Export Lines: The popular “FOUR ACES” – EXCAMBION, EXETER, EXOCHORDA, and EXCALIBUR.

American Export Lines: A view of one of the popular “FOUR ACES” – EXCAMBION, EXETER, EXOCHORDA, and EXCALIBUR. (Above: Dining room) These combination passenger-cargo ships carried the American flag to ports around the Mediterranean from their late 1940s launch until the mid-1960s. (Left to right: Main Lounge and Bar) They carried 124 passengers in First Class and were among the ... Read More »

Review: The New York Palace Hotel and Towers. A modern hotel with an historical facade.

Review:  The New York Palace Hotel and Towers.   A modern hotel with an historical facade. The New York Palace possesses a prestigious heritage. More than a century ago, Henry Villard, one of the nation’s most prominent financiers, commissioned McKim, Mead & White to create a residence of singular style.  Villard  was president of the Northern Pacific Railway.  When his railroad ... Read More »

Cruising The Past looks at New York debutants aboard the Homeric. With a link to Brenda Frazier and current “bows” in society.

New York debutante party in the 1950s aboard Home Line’s HOMERIC dockside. (Left – Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau.) The SS HOMERIC was used for society events in New York Harbor.  The ship was originally the SS Mariposa.  She was a luxury ocean liner launched in 1931; ... Read More »