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The SS Andrea Doria never reached New York on her Final Voyage

By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sea lanes between New York and America. Among the most splendid were two new ships of the Italian Line, the Cristoforo Colombo, and the Andrea Doria. Newsreel of the Andrea Doria They ... Read More »

Caviar Always – Cruise Ship Menus from the Past

For first-class passengers aboard ocean liners and cruises, from the 1930s into the 1960s, the menu choices were staggering. On ships like the SS Europa, RMS Queen Mary, and the SS United States, dinner might have had 12 courses, with 8 to 10 options for each course. It is difficult ... Read More »

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 »