SS Catalina brought the Chicago Cubs to Catalina Island

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s twin interests in baseball and Catalina Island – he bought Catalina in 1919 and gained a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs in 1921 – dovetailed nicely when he made the decision to have the Cubs train on Catalina starting in 1921.  In doing so, he became the first baseball owner to bring a ... Read More »

Sailing to Alaska – In the 1950s

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. Alaska Line video –  A retro 1954 sailing. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye ... Read More »

Liners President Juan Perón and Eva Perón – Europe to Argentina

Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South America. Having the advantage of Argentina being neutral, His fortune greatly expanded during World War II with his cargo ships alone bringing a $5,600,000 profit (almost $100 million in today’s dollars) in 1944. However, the greatest move ... Read More »

China’s TITANIC will be ready to “sail” in 2018

The $125 million full-size replica of the doomed ship is now half complete in China as engineers ‘work around the clock’ on the ‘highly anticipated’ tourist attraction. Everything on the new ship would be an exact copy of the original, from the decoration to the food. Builders are said to be working around the clock on the iconic tourist attraction ... Read More »

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s MARDI GRAS, the first FUN SHIP and former CP Liner RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA.

Canadian Pacific Lines in 1972, faced with dwindling passenger numbers on the North Atlantic,  sold the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA to Micky Aronson’s new Carnival Cruise Lines Ltd. The Empress of Canada, soon to become the Mardi Gras. Aronson was very clever and lucky to select one of the Canadian Pacific ships. They had maintained the ship; it was only ... Read More »

The Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was considered the most beautiful train in the world

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train into the 1950s, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. Chair car passengers had full access to the Coffee Shop, Diner, and Tavern cars. The two Parlor cars were restricted ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Father Browne’s photos of the first day at sea…

The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Francis Browne. A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. Frank Browne’s mother died ... Read More »

Eastern Steamship Lines from Maine to Florida.

Eastern Steamship Lines operated coastwise overnight passenger services along the Long Island Sound between New York and Boston and to other Northeast Coast ports including Portland, Maine, along with services to Canada and cruises. In 1901, Charles Wyman Morse merged the Boston &. Bangor Steamship Company, the Portland Steam Packet Company, the International Steamship Company, and several local lines on ... Read More »

Mid-Century ALCOA Cruises to the Caribbean in the 1940s and 1950s.

ALCOA operated three passenger cargo liners to the West Indies.  They were modern post-WW II ships, elegant yet casual service with extensive itineraries. Because of shipping shortages in World War I, Alcoa (formerly the Aluminum Company of America) developed its own shipping line to carry bauxite from its source in what is now Suriname and Guyana to aluminum mills in the ... Read More »

TBT: The SS Bremen Cruising to Bermuda in 1938 flying the Nazi flag

Sailing aboard North German Lloyd’s magnificent SS Bremen from New York to Bermuda for a 7-Day Cruise in the 1930s. Great images and a wonderful home movie video of the cruise. The SS Bremen was a German-built ocean liner constructed for the Norddeutscher Lloyd line (NDL) to work the transatlantic sea route. Bremen was notable for her bulbous bow construction, ... Read More »

SS CITY OF CLEVELAND on a Labor Day Cruise in 1947

The SS City of Cleveland was a night boat operated by the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company, often abbreviated as D&C, was a passenger shipping company on the Great Lakes. The SS City of Cleveland III was a grand lake ship and a First Lady of the Lakes.  The ship offered comfortable staterooms and excellent meals, with all the ... Read More »

Deluxe Midland Pullman between London and Manchester in the 1960s

Pullman trains in Great Britain were mainline luxury railway services providing deluxe service. The Midland Pullman was launched in 1960 as a luxury all-first-class day service using between London and Manchester in a record 3 hours and 15 minutes with First and Second Class Service. The Midland Pullman ran every weekday, up to London in the morning and down to ... Read More »

Cruises in America and Canada during the 1950s

For the traveler who couldn’t make a long ocean voyage during the early 1950s, there were still varied trips by water in the USA and Canada. Some were short one-day sails, while others took a week or more and led to some exciting adventures. Most were Canadian flag vessels. From Duluth to Miami, from New Orleans to Newfoundland, mainly pre-World War ... Read More »