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VIDEO FEATURE – Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND

RMS Empress of Scotland, originally SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, was an ocean liner built in 1905–1906 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) for the Hamburg America Line. The ship regularly sailed between Hamburg and New York City until the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914. CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO Video featuring the RMS EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND ... Read More »

Fire At Sea SS MORO CASTLE off Palm Beach Deathtrap for Cruisers and Crew

Onboard the Ward Line’s SS MORRO CASTLE, in the early morning hours of September 7, 1934, a deadly fire erupted in two places on the cruise/liner en route from Havana Cuba to New York City. After wonderful days at sea and a wonderful time in Havana, the cruise turned into ... Read More »

Mid-Century Dancing to ERNIE HECKSCHER Orchestra at San Francisco’s FAIRMONT HOTEL

San Francisco’s Ernie Heckscher retired in 1984 after decades of leading his dance orchestra in San Francisco. He became a fixture of the Fairmont Hotel as much as the big red sofa in the lobby or the clock on the ornate Venetian Room’s archway. New Year’s Eve was an annual ... Read More »

FANTASTIC PHOTO COLLECTION of the GRACE LINE during the 1940s and 1950s

Author Frances Drabick features probably the finest research collection of the Grace Line photos aboard their ships during the heyday of American passenger services following World War II on her excellent website. From the 1890s until the late 1960s, The Grace Line provided passenger services from New York to the ... Read More »

NEW VIDEO of SAN FRANCISCO’S FABULOUS FOX THEATRE

When the Fox Theater was built in 1929, it seemed as if there weren’t enough adjectives to describe the movie theatre’s magnificence. The San Francisco Chronicle called the opening “a spectacle of such beauty and magnitude that it seemed rather a fancy of one’s mind rather than the inaugural night ... Read More »

THE AROSA STEAMSHIP LINE – Immigrants and Students – EUROPE TO CANADA & USA – 1952-1958

Arosa Line was the trade name for Compañia Internacional Transportadora. The steamship line bought older ships, sailing Trans-Atlantic and on winter cruises out of New York. Thousands of emigrants came from Europe to Canada and the USA on their four ships. In 1949, the shipowner Rizzi had bought his first ... Read More »

LAST PHOTOS taken on board the RMS TITANIC by FATHER BROWNE

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 »

Dec 7 1941 PEARL HARBOR BOMBED as SS LURLINE passenger liner raced from HAWAII to CALIFORNIA

Matson Lines SS Lurline was half way 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 ... Read More »

HISTORY of CRUISING and TRAVEL by PASSENGER SHIP!

Cruising as we know and love has changed a great deal over the years, its roots trace back to the 1800s and used to be a much more exclusive affair, with only the wealthiest clientele choosing to cruise. The SS Augusta Victoria, named after the German Empress Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, was ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY takes the train from NEW YORK to MEMPHIS in 1956!

“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years ... Read More »