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 »
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Coastal Liner SS ROBERT E. LEE sunk by a Nazi Submarine in 1942.
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
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 »
A look at the SS Volendam and cruise ship tour of the MS Volendam
Travel the past: The first SS Volendam served the trans-Atlantic route for Holland America Line HAL from the 1920s until the early 1950s. Travel the now: Peter Kengo, the travel critic, and historian take us on a tour of the third MS Volendam. We link to Peter’s article in USA ... Read More »
The TITANIC sank 107 years ago today!
Over fifteen hundred passengers lost their lives on board the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic. She was one of three Olympic Class’ passenger liners commissioned by the White Star Shipping Line. Hailed as a wonder of luxury, power, and style she first rolled into the water from the slipway in ... Read More »
PART 2 – 71 years ago – SS LURLINE sailed on her post WW 2 voyage to HAWAII from CALIFORNIA.
The SS LURLINE, flagship of Matson’s passenger fleet, emerged from a stunning $18-million makeover, following six years as a troop carrier with her white ship sisters, MARIPOSA, MONTEREY and MATSONIA. The Lurline was the Queen of the Pacific and her arrival in Honolulu was greeted with great fanfare. For her ... Read More »
RETRO – The magnificent liner and cruise ship MS ANGELINA LAURO
MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on September 24, 1979. The ship underwent 25 years’ service as MS Oranje, ... Read More »
CHASEN’S – The world-famous WEST HOLLYWOOD Celebrity restaurant. No credit cards, please!
Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! No credit cards were honored! Credit was by house accounts only. Not ... Read More »
RETRO – Brief history of AMERICAN AIRLINES
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 ... Read More »