Southern Pacific’s deluxe streamliner Lark was the premiere overnight passenger between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A favorite of businessmen and movie stars. The Oakland Lark connected with the Lark at San Jose then via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Southern California along the coast route. The Lark rivaled ... Read More »
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Known as “white Flyers of the Pacific,” the sister ships each made four sailings a week. The Yale and Harvard carried 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. The fast coastal ships provided an overnight cruise on the Pacific. They ... Read More »
On April 13, 1962, America’s last night boat service ended as the Old Bay Line’s steamers made there final voyages on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay ending service between Baltimore and Norfolk. Known officially as the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, which had come to be known as the Old ... Read More »
MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German transport ship that was sunk on January 30, 1945, by Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea. The former cruise liner was evacuating German civilian refugees from East Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia, and military personnel from Gotenhafen (Gdynia) as the Red Army advanced. By ... Read More »
The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train in the 1940s, 50s and early 1960s, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco on a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless mile. The streamliner traveled along the coast ... Read More »
Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. The train of tycoons and movie stars. The “Century” was an express all-Pullman passenger train operated by the New York Central nightly from New York to Chicago. From 1938 until ... Read More »
Nightmare at sea: Holland American Line forces elderly passengers to get off the MS AMSTERDAM halfway across the globe!
Hundreds of American passengers thought they were in for the cruise of their lives when they boarded Holland America’s MS Amsterdam at Port Everglades on January 4, 2020, Around The World Cruise. That was before the novel coronavirus sparked a worldwide crisis that has thrown the travel industry into unprecedented ... Read More »
Escape the virus blues! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! on stage live and streamed free for the entire family to enjoy!
Enjoy the complete video presentation of the award-winning recreation stage version of Oklahoma! as it premiered on Broadway in 1943 at no charge. The New York hit musical is for all ages and a quick excursion back to a simpler time. Act 1 and Act 2 from the recreated original ... Read More »
The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Father Francis Browne. Frank Browne’s mother died whilst he ... Read More »