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Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer…

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to ... Read More »

Cary Grant’s S.S. REX – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s.  Great video. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable)REX was operated as a gambling ship off Los Angeles ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry ... Read More »

Maritime Menus – New York Times features Cruising The Past… When Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar to the final voyage of the RMS Queen Mary to the Rex…

 In connection with the New York Times excellent story on maritime menus, we’ve assembled a large selection of ocean liner and cruise line menus from the past for viewing.  Cruising the Past was featured in the New York Times.  Click here to read the excellent story on ocean liner menus ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC in the 1950s…

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, ... Read More »

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

Cruise and Social History: 1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the ... Read More »

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES… one of the greatest American movies ever made…

William Wyler’s 1946 masterpiece, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, is the story of three servicemen and the trials they face readjusting to society and their families after World War II.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies, and though it is almost three hours long, the first time ... Read More »

J. D. SALINGER (Catcher In The Rye) was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941…

Cruise History: Catcher In the Rye’s J. D. SALINGER was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941… MS KUNGSHOLM on Caribbean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent ... Read More »

Holland-America Line History – Cary Grant aboard the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS.

Cary Grant was a big fan of Holland-America Line…   Holland-America Line’s beautiful SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM at the 5th Street Hoboken terminal of the line in 1952. In 1938 one of the most popular and finest ocean liners ever built entered service as the new flagship. SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (1938), a ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CRUISE INDUSTRY…

SS NORMANDIE – The greatest luxury liner in history…  The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, Advertisement in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United ... Read More »