Welcome Grand Liner Lounge for to July 2017!
July is poised to be a super busy month for me: I return home from my annual project in Chicago and will be able to spend a continuous two weeks working on my New/Old house. If I can concentrate my efforts during this period, I might be able to have the house “move in” ready by August first (minus the kitchen). Many of you know I have been working on this house for almost a decade (hard to believe) and I am so glad to be close to the finish line on the interior … then hopefully finish some exterior work in Later August and September. Also in July, I have a nice long maritime weekend planned with my good friends Russ and Jill. We will be spending a night on the retired railroad ferry SS City of Milwaukee and the flowing day a round trip to Wisconsin on the coal fired SS Badger. Both these vessels are well maintained and steeped in Great Lake Maritime history. Hopefully there will be time to also visit the Milwaukee Clipper!
Onward to the Site update!
Lots of maritime activity fills my spare time from month to month: several new books to read, work progress on the M/W project and oodles of time spent on the site. Almost 50 New items this month span my favorite periods the 1930’s and the 1950’s. Many new items for Cunard, the French and Italian Lines, NDL and USL … with some other items from various lines to complement the offer. Probably one of the coolest items is the First Class slide rule deck plan for the Normandie … the French sure lavished every ounce of publicity they could on their maritime masterpiece. Another interesting item is the incredible Book “Damned By Destiny” … which covers many major liners that never left the drawing board (like USL’s sister ship for the mighty United States) or some that never saw the peacetime service they were intended for (like the Swedish Stockholm or German Vaterland of 1940) … simply a riveting read on a very interesting subject!
Hope you all have a great July wherever you may be on the planet!
A little about me:
Like many of you, I am a lover of all things “Ocean Liner.” I have been collecting liner items for about 35 years and have been able to make many friends and contacts during that time. I am a honors graduate of Purdue University and I hold degrees in Design and in Art History.
I have a great network of supportive folks that continue to encourage my ocean liner hobby and a website such as this was a logical step. Quite simply, if you take my love for ocean liners and marry that with a general love of collecting; you can see how I have easily gotten to an inventory of items that could be offered to other collectors.
Some of the listed items maybe duplicates from my own collection and others could be articles that I find in an obscure place in the hopes of finding them a good permanent home. My goal is to list items that will be interesting and relevant to other collectors and provide them at a good value. I hope to offer a wide variety of items, from the simple to elaborate, that will appeal to all types of collectors.
Three Great Influences:
The SS Keewatin:
The SS Keewatin is a retired great Lakes CPR steamship that for almost 45 years had been moored in Douglas, Michigan as a steamboat museum and local attraction. I was about 6 when my parents first docked our boat near her at Tower Marina. It’s easy to imagine how I became ship lover spending weekends on our tiny boat in the shadow of the Kee. It was announced in late 2011 that the Peterson family had sold the Kee back to a Canadian group. She just left this June (under tow) to return to Port McNicoll where she will be the centerpiece museum in their waterfront revitalization project. I’m so happy she is headed home … but will miss her dearly!
The SS United States:
The SS Unites States has been my favorite ship for many years now and she holds a special place in my heart. I was 19 when I was given permission to visit her in Newport News (by then owners USC.) Every moment of those visits are etched into my memory. If you wish, you can read about that trip on the Nautiques website. All of my best wishes and happy thoughts are with her as she fights to find a life as a vibrant 21st century attraction. You can become a part of this gallant grassroots effort on the SS United States Conservancy website.
Frank O. Braynard:
FOB: Frank Osborn Braynard: I do not think it is possible that there will ever be another man quite like him. I was a pen and phone pal with Frank for many years and I have kept every one of his letters. I know he was a phenomenally-encouraging mentor to me (as well as certainly many other enthusiasts). Frank was a pivotal player in my being granted permission to visit the SS United States. Though I never had the chance to meet him in person, I feel I meet him each time I read one of his books or visit with his daughter Noelle. I could never thank him enough for the gift of his time and encouragement.
Three Awesome Friends and Fellow Ship Guys You Should Know:
Don is the owner of Nautiques and has been a great friend and comrade for almost a decade. We have had the good fortune of traveling around New England together and I especially love the times we have spent ocean liner “antiquing” and climbing the mountains of Vermont. Please visit his Nautiques site for weekly updates to a great selection of magnificent memorabilia and merchandise.
Brian is another really good liner guy and owner of LuxuryLinerRow. Brian travels quite extensively and is an expert on everything Cunard and White Star, especially china and fine tableware. He is particularly interested in the Caronia of 1949 and has co-authored a great book about her with the “encyclopedia-like” and energetic Bill Miller. Check out Brian’s LLR site for information about the book and of course, his selection of quality items!
What can I possibly say about Peter other than WOW! PK is a tremendously nice guy who shares many of my same interests and values. I’m always fascinated by his tales of Alang and the relics he saves and shares with others through his site midshipcentury.com. He has just begun to list items from the Augustus of 1952 … the last Italian Line lady. He is also a co-editor and major contributor to Maritimematters.com … which has the most up-to-date information on what is happening in the day-to-day passenger shipping world.