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Pearl Harbor Bombed Matson Liner SS Lurline heads for San Francisco

Matson Lines SS Lurline was halfway from Honolulu to San Francisco on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The liner arrived safely in San Francisco with passengers from California and the USA on December 11th. The liner arrived safely in San Francisco with passengers from California and ... Read More »

Dining at Chasen’s with Sal Mineo, Groucho Marx and Ramon Novarro in West Hollywood

West Hollywood’s Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities like Dave Chasen, Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. I had dinner at Chasen’s many times. First, with my parents and then later on when I became a writer/producer. Dinner with Groucho Marx, who ... Read More »

THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD – Heiress Barbara Hutton crossing the pond aboard the RMS QUEEN MARY

Decades before Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became famous for being rich girls with sex tapes, no class, and the height of 21st Century vulgarity – the original out-of-control Hollywood heiress-celebrity was Barbara Hutton. Hutton came from money on both sides of the family tree. Her maternal grandfather was Frank ... Read More »

Ghastly Murder Onboard a Cruise to South Africa

Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have made cruise history.   The romantic decks of “The Love Boat” can be a very dangerous place. As for cruising the past, history finds there were two or three murders supposedly linked to Cunard Line’s RMS Queen ... Read More »

SOS Ship to Shore – Now and the Past

When you are sailing on a cruise ship, how to communicate with other passengers onboard. Watch the video: WATCH the video and see how to stay in-touch with traveling companions along with friends, family and business associates onshore. Why take a look at the video? Because it will give free ... Read More »

Old Fall River Line “Mammoth Palace Steamers”

Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats.   The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated ... Read More »

USA Pullman Porters History

Benjamin Gaines, 93, worked as a Pullman porter from 1945 to 1954. “The porters, believe it or not, we had a celebrity status,” he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. (Cover Photo: CW: Janet Leigh, star of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO boarding the Super Chief in fashion layout; Porter during ... Read More »

Mid-Century modern Delta Lines Steamship Cruise To South America.

The US Flag Delta Line was cruising to South America from New Orleans from the 1940s into the 1960s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line,” ... Read More »

Video: Norma Desmond’s Car In “Sunset Blvd” is a $500,000 Isotta Fraschini

Sunset Boulevard is a 1950s famous American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. Norma Desmond’s car in Sunset Boulevard is a nineteen twenty-nine Landaulet limousine model of the Italian car, the Isotta Fraschini Tipo eight A. It cost Norma twenty-eight thousand ... Read More »

VIDEO: The famous French Liner SS Normandie Art-Deco Afloat

The SS Normandie was, of course, the result of a successive series of bigger and better French liners, beginning with the France of 1912 and continuing to the Ile de France (1927) and L’Atlantique (1931). Even the far smaller Champlain (1932) has often been called a prelude. She also drew ... Read More »