Watch this extraordinary color film of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE premiering today on youTUBE. Read More »
Author Archives: Michael L. Grace
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 »
Cruise Ship History: GLORIA SWANSON aboard the SS PARIS in 1924 — “the most luxurious liner in the world!”
1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A great video on the SS PARIS from Joanna Coleman’s youTUBE website. Our thanks to her and please visit by clicking here. The SS Paris leaving New York. The ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: UNITED STATES LINES SS WASHINGTON AND SS MANHATTAN – $127 One-Way – From New York to Europe in 1938 – TEDDY KENNEDY was a passenger!
The United States Lines had these ads running in a 1938 edition of Travel Magazine. Europe would enter World War II the following year. United States Lines to Ireland, England, France and “Nazi” Germany… Rose Kennedy with daughters and sons, Teddy and Bobby, sailing on the SS Washington to Europe… ... Read More »
If this happy and attractive couple had been sailing before the early 1980s — they could have had the wedding party, guests, streamers and a send-off of friends aboard ship. But no visitors are allowed today. Leaving on a ship is as tiresome as departing aboard a plane. A ships ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: BLUE STAR LINE’S SS ARANDORA STAR – “The most delightful cruising liner in the world” met a tragic end in a shameful British episode in World War 2 – 800 innocent lives lost!
We want to acknowledge Fraser’s wonderful BLUE STAR LINE website. This is one of the best historical sites devoted to a great steamship company. Click here to visit and our since thanks to Fraser, who served as s ship’s officer aboard many of the Blue Star ships, for the wonderful ... Read More »
Will we ever be able to take a cruise to Havana, Cuba? Not under the current US Government. Maybe in 2009? The next best thing for the moment may be this “video” youTUBE voyage aboard Cunard Line’s SS Mauretania in 1956. Courtesy of the www.shipgeek.com Read More »
A Brief History of the Passenger Ship Industry 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 ... Read More »