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Anne Rice, one of America’s foremost 20th century authors, Dies at 80

Anne Rice, who has died aged 80 after a stroke, was one of the foremost writers of supernatural fiction, and the author of more than 30 novels. The best known of them was her debut, Interview With the Vampire, published in 1976, and adapted in 1994 into a film starring ... Read More »

PRINCESS PATRICIA first Princess Cruises Love Boat!

T.E.V. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? Princess Cruises and the SS Princess Patricia was the ... Read More »

Fear of Flying for DAVID BOWIE just Ships and Trains

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 »

Merry Christmas on Cunard Line

For more information CLICK HERE to visit the ROYAL NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM website. 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 ... Read More »

SP Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was world famous!

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train in the 1940s, 50s, and early 1960s. Linking Los Angeles and San Francisco via San Jose on a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. During the early ... Read More »

1860 until 1968 – PULLMAN PORTERS: Service With A Smile!

George Pullman pioneered sleeping accommodations on trains, and by the late 1860s, he was hiring only African-Americans to serve as porters. After the Civil War ended in 1865 Pullman knew that there was a large pool of former slaves who would be looking for work; he also had a very clear racial ... Read More »

Matson Line Cruising to Hawaii and South Pacific in the 1960s

Imagine you’re planning a cruise to the South Pacific during the 1960s. Last Ocean Liners provides all the information of scheduling your trip along with the cost. A great way to cruise the past. MARIPOSA and MONTEREY Matson Line’s Mariposa and Monterey carried only First class guests and promised regal ... Read More »

Night Boats between Washington, Baltimore and Norfolk

On April 13, 1962, America’s last night boat service ended as the Old Bay Line’s steamers made there final voyages on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay ending service between Baltimore and Norfolk. Known officially as the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, which had come to be known as the Old ... Read More »

What If Titanic Never Sank?

We proudly feature a creative video from Oceanliner Designs & Illustration. About the Titanic video: In April 1912 the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage – but what if it didn’t? In this episode I present a likely alternative history drawing from real-life events and the career of other ships ... Read More »

Raymond Loewy’s mid-Century designs for Matson Lines

Raymond Lowey’s basic design philosophy was behind the creation of the interiors for Matson’s luxury liner Lurline and modern ticket office in downtown Los Angeles. These were the ultimate in mid-century design for California’s famous steamship line. Raymond Loewy, whose modern concept of everything from fountain pens to airplanes, ships, ... Read More »