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Messageries Maritimes – Passenger liner arriving from Vietnam.

The French passenger liner SS La Marseillaise is seen arriving in Marseillaise from Vietnam during the 1950s.  She was the largest and most luxurious ship operated by  by the steamship company Messageries Maritimes. La Marseillaise operated between France and the Far East. The elegant vessel was launched in 1944 in ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, ... Read More »

THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time.

Cruise History – THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time. THE MS STELLA POLARIS: A great video of the last voyage of the most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years and probably even in the history ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT …

THE LOVE BOAT – The hit TV series was a major cultural phenomenon from the 1970s into the 1980s.  The TV show altered the style of cruising by ship. Jeraldine Saunders, a former cruise director, was the woman who revived the cruise industry with her book — The Love Boats. ... Read More »

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay 1928 saw the appearance of the first of the gambling ships that floated off the Los Angeles County coastline. Although it was illegal to conduct a gambling operation in California, the state’s jurisdiction only extended three miles ... Read More »

HISTORY of the ITALIAN LINE

SOCIAL HISTORY and LINER HISTORY – THE ITALIAN LINE ITALIAN LINE HISTORY The Italian Line or Italia Line, also known as the Italia di Navigazione S.p.A., was a passenger shipping line that operated regular transatlantic service between Italy and the United States, as well as Italy and South America. During ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX… Dodsworth features much social history and includes scenes aboard the wonderful Italian liner the REX.  Dodsworth is one of the great classic American films.   Our first story on ocean liners in the movies features the ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE – GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!

Social History: History of The Cunard Line – Getting there is half the fun! Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s. The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business. Swedish America Line, Holland America ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

History of the Holland America Line – Holland America Line Cruises… The HAL liner NIEUW AMSTERDAM in the 1950s with the SS UNITED STATES Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line.  One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis ... Read More »

Mapping of the RMS Titanic wreck begins…

LINER HISTORY – CRUISE SHIP HISTORY – Mapping of the RMS Titanic wreck begins… The bow of the RMS Titanic lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada… THE RMS TIANTIC… A high-tech expedition that aims to create a detailed map of the wreckage ... Read More »