Cruise Line News: Cunard Line’s QUEEN VICTORIA is reimagined!

Cunard Line's elegant Queen Victoria in Sydney, Australia.

Following its recent announcement revealing Queen Victoria’s $40 million reimagination, Cunard has unveiled the anticipated digital renderings showcasing new and refreshed features. Scheduled for completion in June, some of the many highlights include a new exquisite Lido Sun Deck for sun seekers as well as a stunning Winter Garden. The cruise line also offers an inside look at the Britannia ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday – Elvis Presley on the train from New York to Memphis in 1956.

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“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the end ... Read More »

Retro Thursday: THE ELECTROLINERS – Chicago to Milwaukee – During WW 2

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The chic, streamlined Electroliners operated between Chicago and Milwaukee. The Electroliner, on the Chicago Loop, heading for its express run to Milwaukee. The Electroliner was a four car articulated train that was placed into service on the North Shore line early in 1941, between Chicago and Milwaukee, seen here in January of 1941. Dining on the Electroliners.  It was said to ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro – Classic Liner

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MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 years’ service as MS Oranje, and fifteen as MS Angelina Lauro. She was a cruise ... Read More »

Part 2 – The Panama Limited – Streamlined and 16 hours between Chicago, St Louis and New Orleans

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The Panama Limited was streamlined in 1942, during World War II. The Illinois Central had ordered two lightweight sets of equipment before the attack on Pearl Harbor; after an appeal, the War Production Board allowed their delivery. Casey Jones widow with Panama Limited train Engineer and Conductor.  The first diesel/electric-powered streamlined run of the Panama Limited was on May 3, ... Read More »

Part 1 – The Panama Limited – Chicago to New Orleans – History of the All-Pullman famous streamliner!

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The Panama Limited was a passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1911 to 1971. This is a two-part history of the famous streamliner.  The Panama Limited speeding south during the 1940s. The Panama Limited took its name from the Panama Canal, then under construction and three years from completion. For ... Read More »

History of the GRACE LINE – Part 1- One of America’s great passenger ship fleets

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In the mid-1800s, the Irish-born Gracmid-1800ss, William Russell, and Michael established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. Excellent 16mm Silent home movies taken in the 1950s and 60s of Grace Line ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday – Mid-Century – 1950s “Psycho” Star Janet Leigh aboard the Santa Fe streamliner SUPER CHIEF

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Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN may have been aboard the train all through the 1960s. A lot of executives would take the ... Read More »

Cary Grant’s other REX – The gambling boat off Santa Monica, California – Part 2

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Film star of stars Cary Grant sailed on the great liner German liner S.S. Rex when crossing the pond but gambled on board the “Rex” just off the Santa Monica pier. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner, S.S. REX launched in 1931; there was another S.S. REX. The far lesser (but profitable) SS REX was operated as a gambling ship ... Read More »

Anthony Cornero’s premier gambling ship off Santa Monica was the SS REX – Part 1

Aug. 1, 1939: Gambling ship TANGO off Long Beach during raids by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and District Attorney's investigators.

Anthony Cornero’s premier gambling ship was the SS Rex, which could accommodate over 2,000 gamblers who sailed in a shore boat from the Santa Monica, California pier. It carried a crew of 350, including waiters and waitresses, gourmet chefs, a full orchestra, and gunmen. Video clip of the Rex gambling ship anchored 3 miles off the Santa Monica coast in ... Read More »