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Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and ... Read More »

Hollywood on the high seas…

History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard ... Read More »

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean ... Read More »

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean ... Read More »