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The Union Steamship Company…sailing north from Vancouver to British Columbia coastal towns and islands…

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 BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

History of the Cunard Line…

To write the history of the Cunard Line in a few pages is to compress the history of the steamship itself. In 1840 the majority of the world’s deep sea trade was still carried in sailing ships. Steamships were proving themselves in coastal services, but there were few who would commit untried craft to the high seas. History of the ... Read More »

RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. This mighty ship was delivered to Canadian Pacific in Liverpool and sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Quebec ... Read More »

Brief History of American Airlines… Great video of air travel in the 1930s… Including a piano bar…

In the late twenties and early thirties, American Airways was created through the acquisition of dozens of smaller airlines throughout the United States. Great video of American Airlines in the 1930s… Like most airlines at the time the company profited by carrying United States mail. In 1934 American Airways Company was acquired by E.L. Cord, who renamed it “American Air ... Read More »

The new “Love Boat”… Regal Princess.

Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasionally struggle with: finding a balance between fun and refinement. The decor is comfortable, with warm tones and plenty of wood and marble. Regal Princes – Love Boat horn! The Piazza, a hallmark of the line, is truly grand; it’s large, encompasses three decks and has three bold spiral staircases. ... Read More »

Andrea Doria remembered…

The jewel of the Italian Line ocean liner fleet, the SS Andrea Doria, the jewel of the Italian Lines, was launched in Genoa (she was named for a 16th Century Genoese admiral). The Andrea Doria had a gross tonnage of 29,100 and a capacity of about 1,200 passengers and 500 crew, (as well as three outdoor swimming pools) and was ... Read More »

Crossing the Pond – from New York to Europe in 1960…

Daily service across the Atlantic by ship… New York’s Liner Row – Early 1960s The following are listings of schedules and minimum fares for Trans-Atlantic steamship service taken from the April 1960 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines. Even in April and May 1960 (less than fifty-five years ago) there was almost daily steamship service ... Read More »

Rosa Rio – an American phenomenon…

Rosa Rio was the oldest living theatre organist in the world. She was also a famous staff organist for NBC. She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to click on the You Tube Video arrow above – to see Rosa Rio (at 103 years old) playing the Wurlitzer Organ. ... Read More »

EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s express liner crossed the Pacific during the 1930s in 10 Days…

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent S/S Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. Great video history of the S.S. Empress of Japan… Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… This mighty ship ... Read More »

FRENCH LINE’S SS DE GRASSE – a great Trans-Atlantic liner that sailed for the French Line from New York to Europe after World War 2…

The SS De Grasse was the liner that represented France and the French Line after World War 2. She sailed dramatically from the USA (New York) to Europe through the late 1940s and into the 1950s when the larger French Line vessels replaced her as the only queen of the Atlantic. The French Line’s SS De Grasse.  The first liner ... Read More »

P&O Lines in the 1950s…

Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history. Read More »