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1934: SS MORRO CASTLE… Luxury LIner from New York to Havana… A cruise that ended in disaster.

“El Desastre del Morro Castle” by Leopoldo González interpreted by Trio Matamoros. When the Morro Castle departed Havana for the final time on September 5th 1934, she carried aboard her 318 passengers and a crew of 231. On September 7th, as the voyage drew near to its conclusion, the series ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – the “Great White Steamer” – Sails Again from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

The S.S. Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was among several steamships that provided passenger service from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Built at a cost of $1 million for William Wrigley, Jr., the 301-foot steamship carried approximately 25 million passengers to and from Catalina from 1924 through ... Read More »

S.S. PRINCESS PATRICIA and the FIRST LOVE BOAT…

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S.S. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? Princess Cruises and the SS Princess Patricia was the ... Read More »

CITY OF LOS ANGELES – Rock Hudson aboard the other “Train to the Stars…”

Film star Rock Hudson arrives at Chicago’s Union Station in 1959 aboard Union Pacific’s streamliner City of Los Angeles on a two night trip from California.  The Santa Fe’s Super Chief was known as the Train to the Stars.  But many celebrities preferred Union Pacific’s City of Los Angeles and Southern ... Read More »

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer…

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to ... Read More »

Cary Grant’s S.S. REX – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.  Great video. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable)REX was operated as a gambling ship off Los Angeles ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry ... Read More »

Maritime Menus – New York Times features Cruising The Past… When Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar to the final voyage of the RMS Queen Mary to the Rex…

 In connection with the New York Times excellent story on maritime menus, we’ve assembled a large selection of ocean liner and cruise line menus from the past for viewing.  Cruising the Past was featured in the New York Times.  Click here to read the excellent story on ocean liner menus ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC in the 1950s…

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, ... Read More »

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

Cruise and Social History: 1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the ... Read More »