TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. In her day the Awatea was regarded ... Read More »
Author Archives: Michael L. Grace
Cruise Line History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California cby mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack
The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – A “retro” youTUBE video of cruising aboard the last American steamship line serving the 49th State!
Watch our new video and see what it was like aboard a 1954 sailing to ALASKA on the SS Alaska. This a great retro 1950s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving ... Read More »
Cruising Line History – The Sydney Morning Herald features “Cruising The Past” on their travel page and we honor the Union Steam Ship Lines luxury liner AWATEA.
The Sydney Morning Herald featured this website in their travel section. In response we’ve done a feature on the wonderful Union Steam Ship Lines AWATEA. Check it out in the next listing. This was a jewel of a liner and provided a wonderful service cut short by World War ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s!
The T.S.S. AWATEA Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the only way to cross the Tasman Sea ... Read More »
The all-Pullman SUPER CHIEF… the media covered all the stars arriving on this famous train. The Super Chief was one of the named passenger trains and the flagship of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was often referred to as “The Train of the Stars” because of the ... Read More »
Watch this extraordinary color film of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE premiering today on youTUBE. Read More »
Cruise Ship History: John Maxtone-Graham’s magnificent tribute to the illustrious and ill-fated SS NORMANDIE is a must for anyone interested in ships and liners.
Normandie was unquestionably the most beautiful ocean liner ever built. The world’s largest at the time, she also became the world’s fastest. Her art deco interiors were unrivaled: capacious, elegant, and chic, decorated by teams of France’s most talented artists. Yet Normandie was plagued with frustrations—never attracting more passengers than ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE
“If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and ... Read More »