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Albert Ballin created the first pleasure cruise aboard Hamburg-America Line’s S.S. Augustus Victoria in the Gilded Age.

The German shipping magnate was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. With 25,000 employees, Hapag was the largest shipping line in the world for both freight and people (464,000 passengers in 1913). It was Albert Ballin who also invented the pleasure cruise in 1891. The first Pleasure Cruise The world’s ... Read More »

Retro Thursday: The CHICAGO CUBS cruise to Catalina

CATALINA ISLAND, CHICAGO CUBS

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s twin interests in baseball and Catalina Island – he bought Catalina in 1919 and gained a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs in 1921 – dovetailed nicely when he made the decision to have the Cubs train on Catalina starting in 1921.  In doing so, he became the first baseball owner to bring a ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race

Larry Driscoll’s book “The Last Great Race”  fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, his mother and two siblings boarded the S.S. America to cross the Atlantic to join his father in Paris, who worked for the Voice of America. Driscoll recalls how the ship — in the age before stabilizers — rode the waves like a roller ... Read More »

Enjoy watching a 1929 home movie onboard the SS Nantucket cruising from Florida to Savannah!

Known as the “Queen of Sea,” the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company Steamship Line operated one of the finest fleets of passenger steamers on the Atlantic Coast and ranked foremost as one of America’s top tourist routes. It was said to be the only line plying between Baltimore, Savannah, and Jacksonville. Home movie aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co ... Read More »

RMS Titanic artifact surfaces: Gold cigarette case ‘with a hint of scandal’

RMS Titanic, White Star Line

A storied gold cigarette case that once belonged to a controversial wealthy couple that survived the Titanic disaster is up for auction. The extremely rare artifact, which belonged to Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon, comes “with a hint of scandal,” according to Hansons Auctioneers. The Duff-Gordons were accused of bribing their way off the doomed liner, although the allegation was ... Read More »

Sailing to Cuba on the Home Lines SS HOMERIC in the 1950s

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 docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

A 1929 home movie aboard the SS NANTUCKET sailing to Savannah

Known as the “Queen of Sea,” the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company Steamship Line operated one of the finest fleets of passenger steamers on the Atlantic Coast and ranked foremost as one of America’s top tourist routes. It was said to be the only line plying between Baltimore, Savannah, and Jacksonville. Aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET ... Read More »

The S.S. Bremen: Last Voyage of a great Luxury Liner

Ss Bremen, North German Lloyd, RMS Mauretania, ss Columbus, ss europa, Nazi Party

The great German liner Bremen, which ran a British blockade, ended her career in a scrap yard. After docking in New York on August 28, 1939, only four days before the outbreak of World War II, Captain Adolf Ahrens of Germany’s North German Lloyd shipping line was faced with a decision. The independent-minded skipper could disobey orders again by allowing ... Read More »