Maritime historian Peter Knego, who liked the former British passenger liner AUREOL, once the flagship of Elder Dempster Lines, so much that when she was broken up he rescued enough of her fittings to fill a shipping container, including a mahogany bar, tiger-maple panelling, cabinets, chairs and light fixtures and installed the lot in his California home in Oceanside, California.
- Knego interest in passenger ships started in 1973 when he was assigned to research the LUSITANIA for an American History course.
- In early 1974, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles, beginning with P&O’s SS ARCADIA, and continues to do so to this day.
- While obtaining his degree in Theater Arts at UCLA, Peter took his first “serious” cruises, beginning in 1980 with American Hawaii’s newly-rechristened SS OCEANIC INDEPENDENCE.
- Every year after that, he made it a point to sail in an elderly passenger ship until the early 1990s, when he furthered his mission to seek out and document every “forgotten” liner left in the world.His travels include trips to all seven continents on board or in search of passenger ships and visits to Alang, India on eight different occasions (thus far) to witness the dismantling of many important liners.
- These excursions led to the purchase of a huge amount of fittings and art available at from many beloved ships and the production of a series of video projects beginning with ON THE ROAD TO ALANG and the newly released THE SANDS OF ALANG.
- In the meantime, his THE WORLD’s PASSENGER FLEET series is up to nine volumes.
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Dining on board Peter’s wonderful home shipboard first-class dining salon. Great furnishings, paneling, great artwork, with tables set with elegant cutlery and crockery from the great liners.Knego travels the world on a regular basis and has contributed countless photographs and articles to USA TODAY’s Cruise Log, TRAVEL AGE WEST, TRAVEL WEEKLY, OCEAN AND CRUISE NEWS, CRUISE TRAVEL and PORTHOLE magazines as well as U.K.-based SHIPS MONTHLY and SEA LINES.
- Peter’s Oceanside, CA home is a virtual museum and gallery of precious Mid Century ocean liner fittings, art and furniture and his collection has been featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS and LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE.
- He is frequently a guest expert as a Maritime Historian on television and radio and has been quoted in many publications, ranging from THE NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY to a wide variety of maritime industry trades such as SEA TRADE INSIDER, TRADEWINDS and more.
- Peter has lectured ashore and on board a number of cruise ships and ocean liners including Holland America’s ROTTERDAM (1959), P&O’s CANBERRA and VICTORIA, NCL’s NORWAY, Premier Cruises’ REMBRANDT, Louis Cruises LOUIS MAJESTY, Voyages of Discovery’s DISCOVERY, Saga Holidays’ SAGA ROSE, Cruise and Maritime’s MARCO POLO and, of course, the original QUEEN MARY in Long Beach.