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Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes)

Ocean Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes) In 1835 the French Government created a state owned steamship service between Marseilles and the Levant. This continued until 1851 when it was transferred to the management of Messageries Nationales (the state operated road communication concern). The shipping side of the ... Read More »

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York.

Khedivial Mail Line once operated service between Egypt and New York.   As history records the event in Cairo… here is a blog on Egypt’s once excellent trans-Atlantic steamship service. SS Mohamed Ali el-Kebir The original name of the company is unknown but it is thought that it was founded in ... Read More »

American Export Lines: The popular “FOUR ACES” – EXCAMBION, EXETER, EXOCHORDA, and EXCALIBUR.

American Export Lines: A view of one of the popular “FOUR ACES” – EXCAMBION, EXETER, EXOCHORDA, and EXCALIBUR. (Above: Dining room) These combination passenger-cargo ships carried the American flag to ports around the Mediterranean from their late 1940s launch until the mid-1960s. (Left to right: Main Lounge and Bar) They ... Read More »

Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALASKA Cruise – Retro Cruise Video – 1954

To play video – press the above play (>) button in center of photo… This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. ... Read More »

Review: The New York Palace Hotel and Towers. A modern hotel with an historical facade.

Review:  The New York Palace Hotel and Towers.   A modern hotel with an historical facade. The New York Palace possesses a prestigious heritage. More than a century ago, Henry Villard, one of the nation’s most prominent financiers, commissioned McKim, Mead & White to create a residence of singular style.  Villard  ... Read More »

Cruising The Past looks at New York debutants aboard the Homeric. With a link to Brenda Frazier and current “bows” in society.

New York debutante party in the 1950s aboard Home Line’s HOMERIC dockside. (Left – Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau.) The SS HOMERIC was used for society events in New York Harbor.  The ship was originally the SS ... Read More »

Very rare footage of the MS GRIPSHOLM in the 1920s and Greta Garbo!

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM. Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. The video of her departure from Gothenburg in this clip, after a brief visit to Sweden. For the ... Read More »

2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and their First Female Captain.

2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and the first Female Captain.  2011 proves to be the year for the the great new Cunard liners: MS QUEEN MARY, MS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND MS QUEEN VICTORIA. For the first time, Cunard Lines has appointed Captain ... Read More »

Tourist Class crossing on the SS UNITED STATES and World Cruise on the SS FRANCE – 1960s…

Various Views of the Tourist Class section of the SS United States during a 1960s Trans-Atlantic Crossing. SS France on a world cruise in Hong Kong. SS France having just arrived at Le Harve. Read More »

Hitler’s Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941

These rare pictures have only just come to light, show Hitler and his generals at a party for SS officer cadets in Munich. But the Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. High command: Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials celebrate Christmas at the Lowenbraukeller restaurant in Munich on December 18, ... Read More »