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Cruise Line History: Three great videos of newsreel footage of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY’S. Her launching, first voyage, final voyage and departure from Southampton in 1967.

There great videos featuring newsreel footage of the RMS QUEEN MARY. The great liner RMS Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line).  Built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, she was designed to be the first ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea.

Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United States most likely could have been a crewmember in the stewards or catering department. Notice how canvas curtains have been placed so passengers could ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Salvador Dalí aboard America’s greatest liner the SS UNITED STATES “crossing the pond” in the 1950s!

Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Walt Disney and his family sailed to Hawaii on Matson Line’s famous liner in the 1950s.

In the 1950s – Walt Disney sailed with this wife and daughters on the Lurline.  Mr. and Mrs. Disney had sailed in the 1930s on Matson Lines.  Walt was a big fan of cruise travel and sailed trans-Atlantic many times.  Walt Disney first sailed to Hawaii with his wife, Lillian, ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: “Crusing the Past” – A history of the cruise line industry.

A Brief History of the Passenger Ship Industry… 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, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Hello Sailor! Gay life on merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s. Exhibit at the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool, UK.

VIDEO Watch a short video of Jo Stanley talking about the exhibition on the (click here) Homotopia TV blog. Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Wonderful youTUBE video of the Rex – The Italian Line’s great liner.

Please note:  The website is being updated and new entries will be made later in the month.  Trust you enjoy the many postings available now.  Visit the index archives or search for various ships and lines.  Thanks, the Editors…   The Italian Line’s SS Rex, launched in 1931, held the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE

    “If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Editor Michael L. Grace’s story on the tragic life of J. P. Morgan’s luxury yacht CORSAIR IV is featured on New York Social Diary.

The steamer yacht Corsair IV, built for J.P. Morgan Jr. in 1930, after its postwar conversion into a cruise ship in the Pacific. THE TRAGIC LIFE OF CORSAIR IV as featured this week on New York Social Diary… By Michael L. Grace J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.

  The LURLINE was Hawaii!  William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren)[1] out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on ... Read More »