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ELDER DEMPSTER LINES – 150 Years Serving West Africa from the UK

Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK’s largest shipping companies, and during its 150-year history, it operated more than 500 ships. Based in the historic port of Liverpool it was the major shipping line to serve West Africa. As well as its cargo ships, the Elder Dempster Lines operated ... Read More »

THE SS INDEPENDENCE ON youTUBE… is she headed for the scrap yards …

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SS UNITED STATES – 1960s cruise on youTUBE…

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Liverpool Liners…the last great days of luxury ocean liner travel…

They epitomized the glamour of international travel in the days before airlines stole their trade. At one time, Liverpool’s landing stage was so busy that ships would be literally queuing in the Mersey to discharge and embark passengers. However, the period from the late 1940s saw both the golden age ... Read More »


A tribute to the last great ocean liners that haven’t been scrapped — yet! The SS UNITED STATES, SS NORWAY (the former FRANCE) and the doomed SS INDEPENDENCE. The SS UNITED STATES Read More »

SS INDEPENDENCE – Last ocean liner built in USA heads into the unknown…

Feb 9th – from the San Francisco Chronicle     INDEPENDENCE towed out of San Francisco – Headed for the scrap yard? The historic ocean liner Independence, the last liner built in the United States to sail under the American flag, was towed out of its berth on the San ... Read More »


The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern ... Read More »