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Ahoy There! Brooke Astor

Social and Ocean Liner History: Brooke Astor sailed on scores of ocean liners from the 1910 into the 1950s.  This video looks at some of these great ocean liners. Roberta Brooke Astor (née Russell, previously Kuser and Marshall) (March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist and ... Read More »

MOVIE STARS aboard the SS UNITED STATES – from JUDY GARLAND to MARLON BRANDO

Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff ... Read More »

Holland America Line’s VOLENDAM crossing the pond – from New York to Europe – in 1937.

Experience the Holland America Liner Liner History: Volendam through color home movies shot aboard a crossing in 1937.  Bon Voyage! The SS VOLENDAM… For more great cruise videos check out: www.shipgeek.com. Read More »

1950s “MAD MEN” Style Advertisements from Holiday Magazine

Those executives on the hit TV series MAD MEN would have been trained during the 1950a. They would have created ads such as these for the streamliner California Zeyphy, Cunard Line and the New York Central Railroad. Unlike today, travel was elegant and had some class. Getting there was half ... Read More »

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort.

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort. Timeless traditions. Unforgettable experiences. Over two centuries ago, in fact, more than 230 years, in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a most extraordinary happening occurred – we pampered our first guests. And ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July! Top Caviar use to be served regularly aboard First Class ships. Look hard for it today!

Happy Fourth of July – Liner History – Caviar use to be served on all first class ships… Look hard for it today! Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on ... Read More »

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean ... Read More »

The AORANGI – Trans-Pacific ocean liner operating from Australia and New Zealand to Vancouver during the 1930s into the early 1950s.

Cruise and Liner History: The Aorangi was a 600-foot passenger liner built in 1924 by the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand for service between Canada and Australia. But she went into service in troubled times for the world, and consequently got caught up in the midst of the worst ... Read More »

The world’s greatest ship disaster: Not the RMS Titanic but the S.S. Cap Arcona.

Liner and Cruise History: The world’s greatest ship disaster: Not the RMS Titanic but the S.S. Cap Arcona.  Concentration Camp, Death March, Death at Sea by the hands of the Allies. Contrary to general belief the world’s greatest ship disaster did not occur in the Atlantic Ocean and the ship ... Read More »

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947 Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and ... Read More »