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THE S.S. PORTLAND STARTED THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH!

Cruise and Social History: The S.S. PORTLAND started the Alaska Gold Rush! On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska with 68 miners and a cargo of “more than a ton of solid gold” from the banks of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This ... Read More »

RMS CHUSAN – P&O’s “HAPPY SHIP” TO THE FAR EAST

Young boy waiting for the Chusan to be docked in Colon. The RMS Chusan was a British ocean liner and cruise ship, built for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O)’s Indian and Far East Service in 1950. Home movies of the RMS Chusan from 1968 to 1970. Films ... Read More »

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.  Liner and Cruise Ship History – Today’s mass-market cruise industry got its start in the 19th century by Albert Ballin. SS Albert Ballin was an ocean liner of the Hamburg-America Line launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin, visionary ... Read More »

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO – Italian Line History

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO The SS Conte Biancamano (Italian for “White Hand”) was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1925 by William Beardmore and Company in Glasgow, Scotland, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa and Naples, Italy, and New York City. Her maiden voyage was a destined ... Read More »

SS ANDREA DORIA

Liner History: Excellent video of the SS Andrea Doria.  The magnificent passenger ship was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy, most famous for its sinking in 1956. Cruise Liner History:  SS ANDREA DORIA ss SS Andrea Doria was an ocean ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LINE and THE MS VULCANIA

First private balconies: The SATURNIA and VULCANIA were the first liners to offer large numbers of cabins with private balconies. There had been various ships prior to that which had a handful of private verandahs and promenades for the suites, but not in the numbers the Italian twins offered. Cruise ... Read More »

EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY – NIGHT BOATS ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services. The steamship Calvin Austin pulls away from the Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Lubec. Pope’s Folly island appears in the immediate background. Austin was President of the Eastern Steamship Company, formed in 1901 by a merger of the ... Read More »

THE ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Photos and History

Ocean Liner History: The Alaskan shipping industry began to grow in the late 1800s with the expansion of fishing and cannery activities. As a result, there was a dramatic increase in the need for transportation of other products to and from the lower 48 states. In 1894, six men, recognizing ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Social History: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Cars, cars and more cars! They just seem to keep coming in, nonstop. The summer weather is warm, especially warm for evening. The car hops are busily skating around the parking lot delivering sizzling hot cheeseburgers, ... Read More »

TITANIC CENTENARY CELEBRATION!

Titanic Centenary Celebration! by Tom Ruprecht FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST – Satirical piece by Tom Ruprecht.  He recently left Late Show with David Letterman after 12 years, and 11 Emmy nominations, as a writer on the show where he came up with many signature pieces including “Great Moments in Presidential ... Read More »

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