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

Southern Pacific’s all-Pullman 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 such ... 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 »

New York Cruise Fashion to Castro’s Cuba in 1959 onboard the SS Homeric

Appearance was very important to women during the 1950s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. Home movie video of the SS Homeric sailing to Castro’s Cuba in 1959. Cruise fashions on display. It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to ... Read More »

MS St Louis 83rd Anniversary Voyage of the Damned

Over 900 German-Jewish passengers had purchased return passage in Cabin Class and 3rd Class on the Hamburg-America Line MS St Louis. On May 13, 1939, eighty-three years ago, they sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba. M.S. St. Louis The liner had gained an excellent reputation in the service from ... Read More »

Stars onboard the Santa Fe Super Chief

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 »