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American 1936 Olympic Team Sails to Nazi Germany on the SS Bremen

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years ... Read More »

Canadian Pacific’s Liner RMS Empress of Japan

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. The only way to cruise the Pacific during the 1930s. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of the Canadian ... Read More »

The Fall River Line – Overnight New York to Boston – 1834 to 1937

Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats. The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad ... Read More »

California’s all-Pullman Lark connected San Francisco and Los Angeles for decades

Southern Pacific’s deluxe all-Pullman streamliner Lark was the premiere overnight passenger between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A favorite of businessmen and movie stars. The Oakland Lark connected with the Lark at San Jose then via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Southern California along the coast route. The Lark ... Read More »

Joseph Goebbels Nazi 1943 epic TITANIC movie was never released in Germany

The strange tale of the banned Nazi World War II epic Titanic. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the Nazi German film RMS Titanic. Excellent video on making of ... Read More »

News: Bankrupt Crystal Cruises’ Luxury Liner Ships to be Auctioned

The Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will come up for auction in June, according to a report from Maritime Executive. The luxury cruise ships, part of the defunct Crystal Cruises, have been tied up in the Bahamas since the line ceased operations earlier this year with the wind-up of parent ... Read More »

‘The Love Boat’: How a TV show transformed the cruise industry

Last week, CNN writer Tamara Hardingham-Gill interviewed me on my involvement as a writer for The Love Boat in the 1980s, and a book I am writing on the landmark hit TV series was a major factor in creating today’s cruise industry. Also, as a Travel Historian focusing on the ... Read More »

San Francisco to Los Angeles aboard the Yale and Harvard night boat liners

The SS Yale and SS Harvard became known as “white Flyers of the Pacific”! Operating overnight between San Francisco and Los Angeles with day connection sailings to San Diego. The Los Angeles Steamship Company (LASSCO) twin passenger ships made four sailings a week, carrying 565 First Class passengers at an ... Read More »

Anchored: Will Philly be stuck with the SS United States forever?

The former American luxury liner was supposed to be docked In Philadelphia for 21 days; it’s been almost 21 years. Is time running out for the famous ocean liner? The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. It was designed by American ... Read More »

Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard

After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman turned to Charles E. Toberman to secure a long term lease on property at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Toberman contracted the architectural firm of Meyer & Holler (who had also designed the Egyptian) to design a “palace type theatre” of Chinese design. ... Read More »