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I Was There! – We Were On the S.S. Simon Bolivar when it struck a mine in WW 2.

One of the most shocking tragedies of World War 2 occurred on November 18th, 1939, when the Dutch liner “Simon Bolivar” struck a German mine in the North Sea, and sank with the loss of over 120 lives, including woman and children. Poignant stories told by survivors are here reprinted ... Read More »

ZIM LINE – Israel’s Passenger and Cruise company in the 1950s and 1960s

Zim Lines began passenger service connecting Israel with Mediterranean ports began after the State of  Israel was established in 1948 and for 20 years they operated an excellent sea transportation fleet of ships In the early 1950s, Zim became a member of the North Atlantic Passenger Conference and bought Home ... Read More »

Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN had four lives.

First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag. It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW 2 to fight the Nazis, was sold to ... Read More »

Why The US Has No High Speed Rail

The U.S. has no true high-speed trains, aside from sections of Amtrak’s Acela line in the Northeast Corridor. The Acela can reach 150 mph for only 34 miles of its 457-mile span. Its average speed between New York and Boston is about 65 mph. FLORIDA IS A HIT Virgin Rail ... Read More »

1949: 21-Day MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!

Steamboat, Gordon C. Greene, Mississippi Cruise, Riverboats, Greene Line, Delta Steamboat, Delta Queen, Delta King, 1940s Travel, Michael L. Grace, Cruising The Past, Cruise Line History

The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene cruised round-trip from Cincinnati to New Orleans on the Ohio and Mississippi with over a hundred passengers on a 21-Day river journey via Cairo, Paducah, Evansville, Memphis, Baton Rouge. When times were much different. The speed of the boat – was about that of the ... Read More »

DELTA LINE’S STREAMLINED CRUISE LINERS TO SOUTH AMERICA

S.S. Del Norte, S.S. Del Sud, S.S. Del Mar, Delta Line, New Orleans, Steamships, George G. Sharp

With accommodations for 120 First Class Passengers Only, the “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. The streamline vessels, built at the ... Read More »

THE “DEL TRIPLETS” – AMERICA’S FINEST CRUISE LINERS TO SOUTH AMERICA

The “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. They offered first class, mid-century modern passenger service from New Orleans to South America. ... Read More »

Coastal Liner SS ROBERT E. LEE sunk by a Nazi Submarine in 1942.

SS ROBERT E. LEE, MASTER WILLIAM C. HEATH, U-166, JULY 30 1942, U-BOAT, AMERICAN SUBMARINE CHASER USS PC-566, NAZI SUBS, EASTERN STEAMSHIP LINES

The SS Robert E. Lee was hit by one torpedo from Nazi Submarine U-166, steaming at 16 knots about 25 miles southeast of the entrance to the Mississippi River on July 30, 1942. Lookouts had spotted the torpedo wake about 200 yards away before it struck the former Eastern Steamship ... Read More »

Santa Fe’s Streamliner SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF

Santa Fe, Pullman, Chief, Super Chief, El Capitan, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, City of San Francisco, Lark, Starlight, Shasta Daylight, San Joaquin Daylight, Streamliner, Hi-Level, Dome Cars, Chair Cars, Amtrak, Michael L Grace, Cruising The Past, Cruise Line History

The Santa Fe felt it needed its own streamliner serving the Bay Area and launched the San Francisco Chief in June 1954. The new express train joined Santa Fe’s other legacy trains: the Chief, Super Chief, and El Capitan. The San Franciso Chief offered First Class Pullman Sleeping Car and ... Read More »

HRH PRINCESS MICHAEL was the honored guest at exhibition of portrait artist JUAN BASTOS just off the famed Sunset Strip.

Looking very chic, HRH Princess Michael of Kent recently attended the opening exhibition of Juan Bastos: California Portraits at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The rich exhibition of 40 portraits of prominent Californians painted by Bastos, the Bolivian-American artist, a longtime resident of Los Angeles. The exhibit was ... Read More »