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CHILDREN’S PLAYROOMS ABOARD TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS – 1930s to 1950s…

Trans-Atlantic History:  Children were provided with everything from carousels to sand boxes.  There were Punch and Judy Shows and children’s hours at the swimming pools.  The younger passengers were watched over by trained nurses.  Costume parties highlighted the trans-Atlantic crossings.  Children dined in private dining rooms. Photos are from great ... Read More »

RMS Titanic menu sells for $70,000 at auction – The first class menu is dated April 10, 1912

A menu of the first dinner served to first-class passengers on the  RMS Titanic has sold for $70,000 at auction. It was among 400 items being auctioned in Wiltshire, England, as part of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. (Left: RMS Titanic menu) The opulent ... Read More »

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS UNITED STATES

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present. Here’s some fun 8mm home movies dated 1960 showing the docks at Southampton (or is that Bremerhaven?) and Le Havre as well as shots aboard the ship. Notice in the last shot on the enclosed promenade that the ... Read More »

ABOARD THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – TRANS-PACIFIC – 1949-1950

CRUISE HISTORY – S.S. President Cleveland, American President Lines, Trans Pacific Route 1949-1950. All footage by 3rd Engineer V.M. Richardson. AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES HISTORY:  1960s composite publicity photo showing three of American President Lines’ handsome trans-Pacific passenger liners. SS President Cleveland, SS President Wilson and SS President Hoover. These modern ... Read More »

1936 NAZI OLYMPICS

Cruising the past: 1936 Nazi Color Film-Berlin in the Year of the Olympic Games. CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY THE COLOR 1936 FILM: Nazi propaganda complete color film from 1936. An outstanding portrait of daily life in Berlin in this rare, well preserved film, with the magical feeling of the pastel ... Read More »

AFTER THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: Enterprise and Prosperity of the Transatlantic Steamship Companies.; The Great Ferries Across the Ocean.

1865 – CRUISE AND TRANS-ATLANTIC HISTORY: Enterprise and Prosperity of the Transatlantic Steamship Companies.; The Great Ferries Across the Ocean. Extensive Preparations and Extra Accommodations for the Summer Travel following the American Civil War. A “travel story” from the New York Times… June 7, 1865 Thousands of our citizens who ... Read More »

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: THE WARD LINE

JULY 2012 – Cruising The Past: Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE The Ward Line is best remembered for the ill-fated Morro Castle of 1930. Andelson’s site not only explores the Morro Castle disaster but gives you a unique history of The Ward Line. Video of the Morro ... Read More »

THOSE CRUISE ENTERTAINERS BACKSTAGE…

Instead of those boring shows presented by the cruise lines – the ship’s should rely on their entertainers.   This is a great video of cast members doing their own show instead of the slop created by dreary “stars” like Barry Manilow. All those cruise lines advertise what great times ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE – The greatest of all trans-Atlantic liners.

THE SS NORMANDIE… crossing the Atlantic and in New York City – 1930s… French Line NORMANDIE – Part One French Line NORMANDIE – Part Two French Line NORMANDIE – Part Three These are probably the finest video available of trans-Atlantic liner service in the late 1930s. Excellent color footage of ... Read More »

Video: Sending out an SOS to save the SS UNITED STATES. The historic United States Lines trans-Atlantic liner was designed by a Philadelphia Main Liner

Video: Sending out an SOS to save the SS UNITED STATES. The historic United States Lines trans-Atlantic liner was designed by a Philadelphia Main Liner. Criuising The Past thanks Ryan Richards and for this excellent story on the SS UNITED STATES. By Ryan Richards rrichards@mainlinemedianews.com (Left) The SS United States as ... Read More »