35 years ago the Pacific Princess docked at her new home port of San Diego

In 1985 crowd of 50,000 welcomed the cruise ship Pacific Princess, star of television’s “The Love Boat,” which arrived to make San Diego it’s home port. The arrival marked a new era for the city in the multi-billion dollar cruise-ship business. Here is the story from The San Diego Tribune, ... Read More »

Did the sinking of the RMS Titanic create the Federal Reserve?

Even the sinking of the Titanic has truthers… The sinking of the RMS Titanic on Apr. 15, 1912, was one of the most traumatic events of the pre-World War I Western world. It involved a ship that nobody believed could go down sinking on its first voyage after an incident ... Read More »

California’s famous all-Pullman SP streamliner LARK served San Francisco and Los Angeles

Southern Pacific’s deluxe 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 rivaled ... Read More »

Celebrating Christmas Onboard the Cunard Line

The Cunard Line celebrates Christmas with a long and fascinating history. The company was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship ... Read More »

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the movie “Gone with the Wind” in Atlanta

‘Gone with the Wind’ premiered during the Christmas Season of 1939, just 74 years after the end of the “War Between the States” and December 15, 2019, marks the 80th anniversary of that wonderful movie that begins with: “There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old ... Read More »

Last Cruise to Havana, Cuba onboard the SS Homeric

In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution ... Read More »

Pop legend David Bowie traveled by ship. No flying for this star!

David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while ... Read More »

French Line’s SS DeGrasse first liner to restore New York to Europe Service

The De Grasse was the first French merchant ship to restore the North Atlantic service after World War 2. The repairs and refurbishment took close to two years, but when the De Grasse returned to service in the summer of 1947, she was an almost entirely new ship. Upon her arrival ... Read More »

Shipping magnate Albert Ballin created the first pleasure cruise ship.

The German shipping magnate was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. With 25,000 employees, Hapag was the largest shipping line in the world for both freight and people (464,000 passengers in 1913). It was Albert Ballin who also invented the ... Read More »

The French Liners of Messageries Maritimes

Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company offering worldwide service. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a ... Read More »

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