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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 Hamburg America Line and rebuilt as the Hanseatic for cruise ... 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 the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin. ... Read More »

SS United States Conservancy Receives $100,000

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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 Award, presented a check to Conservancy executive director Susan Gibbs ... Read More »

101st Anniversary of the RMS LUSITANIA sinking.

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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 of Public Safety just a month after the Lusitania sinking. ... 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 Havana, Cuba. The Morro Castle was named for the Morro ... Read More »

Canada’s Union Steamship Company – The “Uber” for coastal cities – Part 1

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Until the late 1950s, Union Steamship Company served the small coastal towns of British Columbia, the Queen Charlotte Islands and offered cruises to Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern ... Read More »

Elizabeth Taylor sailed many times times aboard Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

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Besides “crossing the Pond” on Cunard, Elizabeth Taylor sailed to Europe on the French Line’s SS Liberte, cruised to the Mediterranean aboard Cunard’s RMS Caronia and Mauritania. Liz sailed to the Caribbean and South America on the Grace Line’s SS Santa Rosa. She loved ships and the sea. Taylor had sailed a number of times on the RMS Queen Mary with her mother, ... Read More »

BEATLE’s SIR RINGO STARR Knighted by PRINCE WILLIAM who was a big fan of Ringo as a drummer and narrator of THOMAS the TANK ENGINE

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Ringo Starr, the former drummer for The Beatles, received the British commonwealth’s highest honor for his contribution to music and charities. The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honored. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event, as Prince William thanked him for being such ... Read More »

PETER KNEGO, the maritime historian who turned his home into a MID-CENTURY ocean-liner.

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Maritime historian Peter Knego, who liked the former British passenger liner AUREOL, once the flagship of Elder Dempster Lines, so much that when she was broken up he rescued enough of her fittings to fill a shipping container, including a mahogany bar, tiger-maple panelling, cabinets, chairs and light fixtures and installed the lot in his California home in Oceanside, California. ... Read More »

EVITA at Sea – The EVA PARON (Evita) cruise ships and liners…

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Argentina was the only South American country to operate regular long-distance intercontinental ocean liners following World War 2, although always with ships of moderate size and speed. Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South America. Eva Peron (Evita) with the British Ambassador, Sir John ... Read More »

Immigrants, Tourists and Students sailed on the Dutch Victory ships during the 1950s

The SS Groote Beer, a former Victory ship, operated between Europe and North America during the 1950s. The Groote Beer was part of Dutch Victory ships that provided immigrant transportation following World War 2. Along with the Zaiderkruis and Waterman, she brought many immigrants to North America and Australia. On the trans-Atlantic runs, the ships carried 40 First Class passengers ... Read More »