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Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN had three lives!

First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag. It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW 2 to fight the Nazis, was sold to ... Read More »

Five reasons to watch the Cold War thriller The Man Between starring James Mason

Why it’s time for Carol Reed’s Berlin-set thriller The Man Between to come out of the shadow of The Third Man. Starring James Mason and Claire Bloom, the film captures many scenes of post-war Berlin. The Man Between (1953)? When reviewing Carol Reed’s postwar thrillers, it’s usual to dismiss The Man Between (1953) ... Read More »

Retro Video: Cruise aboard Delta Line ships around South America in this great video.

The award-winning travel promotional film for Delta Line’s ships often called the “M” Ships. These were built in the early 1960s and operated by The Grace Line. They were the “Santa Maria,” “Santa Magdalena,” “Santa Mariana,” and “Santa Mercedes.” AWARD-WINNING VIDEO The Grace Line cargo-passenger vessels operated out of New ... Read More »

What books were passengers reading on the RMS Titanic?

As the RMS Titanic was sinking beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, and survivors were thrashing about in the iceberg-clotted waters, what books might they have turned to with which to fashion a homemade life preserver or, in the case of some sturdy Theodore ... Read More »

35 years ago the Pacific Princess docked at her new home port of San Diego

In 1985 crowd of 50,000 welcomed the cruise ship Pacific Princess, star of television’s “The Love Boat,” which arrived to make San Diego it’s home port. The arrival marked a new era for the city in the multi-billion dollar cruise-ship business. Here is the story from The San Diego Tribune, ... Read More »

Did the sinking of the RMS Titanic create the Federal Reserve?

Even the sinking of the Titanic has truthers… The sinking of the RMS Titanic on Apr. 15, 1912, was one of the most traumatic events of the pre-World War I Western world. It involved a ship that nobody believed could go down sinking on its first voyage after an incident ... Read More »

California’s famous all-Pullman SP streamliner LARK served San Francisco and Los Angeles

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 »

Celebrating Christmas Onboard the Cunard Line

The Cunard Line celebrates Christmas with a long and fascinating history. The company was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship ... Read More »

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the movie “Gone with the Wind” in Atlanta

‘Gone with the Wind’ premiered during the Christmas Season of 1939, just 74 years after the end of the “War Between the States” and December 15, 2019, marks the 80th anniversary of that wonderful movie that begins with: “There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old ... Read More »

Last Cruise to Havana, Cuba onboard the SS Homeric

In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution ... Read More »