Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

On November 16, 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City. Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of September 20, 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

S.S. Great Britain

On July 19, 1843, British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain was launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller as well as the largest vessel afloat in the world. Designed by Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York, she was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 … Continue reading S.S. Great Britain

The Burning of ‘Normandie’

On February 9, 1942, the SS Normandie — arguably, the most beautiful ocean liner ever built — caught fire while being converted to a troopship, having been seized by U.S. authorities and renamed USS Lafayette. Although the fire had been declared to be under control late that afternoon, early in the morning of February 10,  the 1,029-foot (313.6-meter) long liner capsized onto her port side and came … Continue reading The Burning of ‘Normandie’

The Birth, Career & Sad Deterioration of SS United States

On February 8, 1950, construction began on the ocean liner SS United States at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, the first large vessel to be built in a dry dock. United States was constructed to exacting Navy specifications, which required that the ship be heavily compartmentalized, and have separate engine rooms to optimize wartime survival. She was built for United … Continue reading The Birth, Career & Sad Deterioration of SS United States

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

On January 12, 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers. She was under the command of captain Ronald Warwick, who had previously commanded Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). Warwick is the son of William (Bill) Warwick, who had also been a senior Cunard officer and the first … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. The ship is much better known as RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line which, throughout her career, was the largest ocean liner … Continue reading The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

50th Birthday of A Queen

Today, I mark the anniversary of something that is actually younger than myself!  It was 50 years ago today — September 20, 1967 — that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II christened the ship that would bear her name at the John Brown & Company shipyards in Clydebank, Scotland. The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Queen Elizabeth 2 has long been my favorite ocean liner. As a young boy growing … Continue reading 50th Birthday of A Queen

France #300 (1935)

France #300 (1935)

The French Republic (République française), is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country consisting of territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European, or metropolitan, area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. Overseas France includes French Guiana on the South American continent and several … Continue reading France #300 (1935)