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$42 to Cruise from Miami to Havana…

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: ORRIN TUCKER DIES AT 100 – LAST OF THE BIG-BAND LEADERS IS GONE

Social History – Wonderful video celebrating Tucker’s 100 Birthday on Youtube. Orrin Tucker dies at 100; bandleader owned L.A.’s Stardust Ballroom; he was one of the last big-band dance orchestra leaders. The orchestra’s 1939 rendition of ‘Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!’ with Bonnie Baker on vocals was a national hit. ... Read More »

HARD ROCK CAFE – THEN AND NOW

Hard Rock Cafe – 1970s… When you see the Hard Rock T-Shirt or hear about how trendy the Hard Rock Cafe is… remember there was a Hard Rock Cafe at 5th and Wall Street on Skid-row in downtown Los Angeles.   This place was about the hardest hard drinking place ... Read More »

Death at Sea: Mrs. Benjamin Mozee – Missing Passenger On Cruise Ship – SS Seeandbee July 29, 1940…

Mrs. Benjamin Mozee – Missing Passenger On Cruise Ship – SS Seeandbee July 29, 1940… Cruise ships are not always the paradise at sea… Mrs. Frank R. Elliott the sister-in-law of Mrs. Benjamin Mozee said she saw Mrs. Mozee off when she boarded the steamship on the Great Lakes cruise. ... Read More »

The beatiful CORSAIR… One of the first cruise ships to sail after World War 2…

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, ... Read More »

CRUISING THE GREAT LAKES IN THE 1930s ABOARD THE STEAMER SEEANDBEE

YOUTUBE VIDEO – EXCELLENT GREAT LAKES FOOTAGE – MERIT CLUB CRUISE ON BOARD S.S. SEEANDBEE, SEPTEMBER 1937 SS Seeandbee (1913-1947) Built in 1913 by the American Shipbuilding Company, Wyandotte, MI as SS Seeandbee for the U.S.-based Cleveland and Buffalo (hence, the name See and Bee) Transit Company as a side-wheel ... Read More »

NEW BRITISH TITANIC TV MINI-SERIES to be filmed…

RMS TITANIC… Linus Roache and Geraldine Somerville are to head the cast of the epic TV dramatization of the RMS Titanic story being written by Julian Fellowes. RMS Titanic running the vessel SS New York off her moorings and almost colliding with her. Downton Abbey creator Julian is scripting a ... Read More »

LOOKING AT UK CRUISING PAST…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISING AND BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL SERVICE – THE UNION STEASMHIP COMPANY

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in 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 »

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