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MID-CENTURY 1950s and 1960s Travel by CRUISE SHIPS and PASSENGER LINERS

Travel by cruise ship or passenger liner in the 1950s and 1960s was far different from today’s cruising. Many passengers were traveling from one point to another, they had a destination, while others were taking cruises. You could be sailing across the pond to Europe for business or pleasure, heading ... Read More »

Cunard Line star ELIZABETH TAYLOR sailed aboard the RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

Besides “crossing the Pond” on Cunard, Elizabeth Taylor sailed to Europe on the French Line’s SS Liberte, cruised to the Mediterranean aboard Cunard’s RMS Caronia and Mauritania. Liz sailed to the Caribbean and South America on the Grace Line’s SS Santa Rosa. She loved ships and the sea. Taylor had sailed a number ... Read More »

The EVITA LINERS sailed from New York to Argentina: T.S.S. EVA PERON and T.S.S. EVITA

Argentina was the only South American country to operate regular long-distance intercontinental ocean liners following World War 2, although always with ships of moderate size and speed. Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South ... Read More »

YALE and HARVARD Night Boats sailing between San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego

Known as “white Flyers of the Pacific,” the sister ships each made four sailings a week during the 1920s and 1930s. They carried 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. With boat train connections to downtown Los Angeles, San Jose, ... Read More »

DELTA QUEEN & DELTA KING Overnight Riverboats between San Francisco and Sacramento

California’s famous overnight steamboats Delta King and Delta Queen operated first-class overnight passenger service between San Francisco and Sacramento from 1927 until 1940. The steamboats were called the “mail-order” ships because they were initially built in Scotland, shipped to Stockton where they were assembled. The new steamers replaced the Fort ... Read More »

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT turned away German-Jewish refugees aboard the M.S. ST LOUIS 1939 seeking refuge in USA

Six months after the Nazis celebrated Kristallnacht, the German transatlantic liner MS St. Louis sailed on May 13, 1939, from Hamburg Germany. The voyage became a symbol of American and Canadian heartlessness, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. CUBA PROFITED WITH HEAVY FEES FOR VISAS Flags were flapping in the wind and well-wishers ... Read More »

ZIM LINES – Israel’s premier passengers service from New York to Haifa.

Zim Lines began passenger service connecting Israel with Mediterranean ports began after the State of  Israel was established in 1948 and for 20 years they operated an excellent sea transportation fleet of ships In the early 1950s, Zim became a member of the North Atlantic Passenger Conference and bought Home ... Read More »

Psycho Star JANET LEIGH travels on the SUPER CHIEF – Train of the Stars!

Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN may have been aboard the train all ... Read More »

New Video: RMS QUEEN MARY: Life of the First Queen of the Atlantic

The famous RMS Queen Mary sailed on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line. She offered weekly liner service from England and France to New York. She was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Queen Mary, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard’s planned two-ship weekly express ... Read More »

New Video: “German Titanic” – Tragic sinking of the CAP ARCONA

The Cap Arcona was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, launched in 1927, was the largest German ship on the South American run. In 1940, the Cap Arcona was taken over by the Kriegsmarine (the German Navy), painted overall gray, and used in the Baltic Sea as ... Read More »