FIVE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE RMS TITANIC – THE OASIS OF THE SEAS Departs Finland. A new chapter in Cruise History. The Oasis has also been voted one of the ugliest ships in the world. THE OASIS OF THE SEAS – Aft view. THE DOOMED TITANTIC CRUISE HISTORY: OASIS OF ... Read More »
Author Archives: Michael Grace
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER
HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – CLICK TO PLAY John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American songwriter and singer. As a songwriter, he is best known as a lyricist, but he ... Read More »
SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP”
CRUISING THE PAST: SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP” CRUISE LINE HISTORY: The SS CHUSAN was a smaller version of the Himalaya and was designed as the principal element in the postwar regeneration of the Indian and Far East service. Indeed in ... Read More »
The Orient Steam Navigation Company
ORCADES in Sydney Cruising Line History: The Orient Steam Navigation Company, also known as the Orient Line, was a British shipping company with roots going back to the late eighteenth century. From the early twentieth century onwards an association began with P&O that eventually culminated in the Orient Line being ... Read More »
Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.
Social History: Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world. She was also a famous staff organist for NBC. She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to ... Read More »
HAPPY HALLOWEEN aboard the ANTONIA GRAZA, IT’S DELOVELY, COSTUMES AND DRAG
Happy Halloween aboard the fictional SS ANTONIA GRAZA, IT’S DELOVELY, COSTUMES and DRAG. The photo is from Ghost Ship (2002) – A horror film directed by Steve Beck. The fictional ship Antonia Graza featured in the movie is based on a real life Italian ocean liner, the SS Andrea Doria, ... Read More »
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built.
New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world. Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and ... Read More »
Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era.
Social History: Orrin Tucker ad His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era. He studied to be a doctor, played the saxophone and formed a band in college. Tucker became a major band for society dance music and was the first band ... Read More »
Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners
Cruise History: Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners Deck games on Shaw Savill. The Shaw Savill & Albion Company built two advanced one-class ocean liners for continuous around-the-world service. Voyages were approximately 75 days, from Southampton to Australia and New Zealand outward via South Africa and return via ... Read More »
THE SS EUROPA and CELEBRITIES WHO CROSSED THE POND ABOARD THE GREAT GERMAN LINER – FROM SCHIAPARELLI TO RIEFENSTAHL
1930s – THE SS EUROPA and CELEBRITIES WHO CROSSED THE POND – GERMAN DIRECTOR LENI RIEFENSTAHL FOUND THE EUROPA A GREAT WAY TO VISIT THE USA. THE EUROPA The SS Europa (later the French Line SS Liberté) was one of a pair of fast ocean liners built in the late ... Read More »