For more information CLICK HERE to visit the ROYAL NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM website. The Cunard Line celebrates Christmas with a long and fascinating history. The company was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great ... Read More »
Author Archives: Michael Grace
SP Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was world famous!
The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train in the 1940s, 50s, and early 1960s. Linking Los Angeles and San Francisco via San Jose on a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. During the early ... Read More »
1860 until 1968 – PULLMAN PORTERS: Service With A Smile!
George Pullman pioneered sleeping accommodations on trains, and by the late 1860s, he was hiring only African-Americans to serve as porters. After the Civil War ended in 1865 Pullman knew that there was a large pool of former slaves who would be looking for work; he also had a very clear racial ... Read More »
Matson Line Cruising to Hawaii and South Pacific in the 1960s
Imagine you’re planning a cruise to the South Pacific during the 1960s. Last Ocean Liners provides all the information of scheduling your trip along with the cost. A great way to cruise the past. MARIPOSA and MONTEREY Matson Line’s Mariposa and Monterey carried only First class guests and promised regal ... Read More »
Night Boats between Washington, Baltimore and Norfolk
On April 13, 1962, America’s last night boat service ended as the Old Bay Line’s steamers made there final voyages on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay ending service between Baltimore and Norfolk. Known officially as the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, which had come to be known as the Old ... Read More »
What If Titanic Never Sank?
We proudly feature a creative video from Oceanliner Designs & Illustration. About the Titanic video: In April 1912 the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage – but what if it didn’t? In this episode I present a likely alternative history drawing from real-life events and the career of other ships ... Read More »
Raymond Loewy’s mid-Century designs for Matson Lines
Raymond Lowey’s basic design philosophy was behind the creation of the interiors for Matson’s luxury liner Lurline and modern ticket office in downtown Los Angeles. These were the ultimate in mid-century design for California’s famous steamship line. Raymond Loewy, whose modern concept of everything from fountain pens to airplanes, ships, ... Read More »
History of Cruising
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 ... Read More »
Grace Line – American Flag Passenger Ships – 1882 to 1969 – Part 1
In the mid-1800s, the Irish-born Gracmid-1800ss, William Russell, and Michael established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. Excellent 16mm Silent home ... Read More »
The Greatest Liner – SS UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race
Larry Driscoll’s book “The Last Great Race” fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, his mother and two siblings boarded the S.S. America to cross the Atlantic to join his father in Paris, who worked for the Voice of America. Driscoll recalls how the ship — in the ... Read More »