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A 1949 Mississippi steamboat cruise aboard the GORDON C. GREENE

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The GORDON C. GREENE sailed south on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers – from Cincinnati to New Orleans and back. Nearly 70 years ago.  When times were much different. The cruise cost $220 or about ten dollars a day  Capt. Mary Greene – co-owner of the Greene Line, and for ... Read More »

History of the Greene Line – Steamboats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

GREENE LINE

Greene Line Steamers originated as a family-owned and operated business established by Captain Gordon C. Greene and his wife, Captain Mary Greene. After working his way from deckhand to captain, Gordon Greene purchased his first steamboat with his own savings in 1890. The last years of the 19th century and ... Read More »

Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN had four lives.

RMS Empress of Japan

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 »

USA Olympic Team sails aboard the SS AMERICA in 1948

UC Berkeley, rowing, `948

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America to England in 1948. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II, these were ... Read More »

Novelist John Rechy celebrates the 55th Anniversary of CITY OF NIGHT, a lifetime achievement award and publication of his new novel PABLO.

John Rechy, City of Night, Pablo, Gay

Social History: Los Angeles icon novelist John Rechy, a first-generation Mexican American who has chronicled gay life in America, received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement at a gala ceremony at the University of Southern California last month. John Rechy, like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal shares ... Read More »

SS United States Conservancy Receives $100,000

United States Lines, SS United States, Steamships, Liners, Mid-Century, 1950s, 1960s, Cruise Lines, Cruising The Past

She’s the largest luxury cruise liner ever built in the United States using all American products and by American workers: Meet “America’s Flagship,” the S.S. United States. Cruise industry executive and philanthropist Jim Pollin, owner of the Pollin Group and winner of the SS United States Conservancy’s National Flagship Champion ... Read More »

101st Anniversary of the RMS LUSITANIA sinking.

Lusitania, World War 1, Germany, War, Ship disaster, cunard line

Monday, May 7th marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania. The Liverpool-built passenger ship whose destruction sparked the United States’ decision to enter World War I in 1917. “Enlist” (mother and child drowning), by Fred Spear, June 1915. WWI recruitment poster published by the Boston Committee ... Read More »

Streamliners served Palm Springs from the 1930s into the 1950s.

Palm Springs, Pullman, Southern Pacific Railroad, Santa Fe Railroad, Sunset Ltd., Super Chief, El Capitan, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley

The Southern Pacific Railroad was a major element in the development of Palm Springs. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains. The SP, Union Pacific, and Santa Fe Railroads brought thousands of visitors to Palm Springs. Palm Springs was a retreat for movie stars ... Read More »

Part 1 – The LURLINE was HAWAII – 70 Years Ago this week the famed cruise liner returned to service after WW 2

Lurline, Matson

70 Years ago this week, Matson Line’s refurbished SS LURLINE  had sailed from San Francisco and Los Angeles on her maiden post-WW 2 voyage to Hawaii. The flagship of Matson’s passenger fleet had just emerged from a stunning $18-million makeover, following six years as a troop carrier with her white ... Read More »

The SS MORRO CASTLE – FIRE AT SEA – 137 DEAD!

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On the morning of September 8th, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the SS MORRO CASTLE caught fire and burned, killing 137 passengers and crew members. She was a luxury ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for runs between New York City and ... Read More »