Welcome to GLL for the Month of September 2016!
Happy Anniversary!! … GLL has been open for 4 years! When I decided to start the website, I really didn’t realize how many folks I would be in contact with from around the globe … and that list keeps getting longer all the time. I really appreciate the support and patronage … as well as friendship and camaraderie. It is so interesting to me how diverse the hobby can be … some folks looking for Ashtrays … while others want pictures of the “Zebra” room on the Olympia.
Personal travel for me starts to settle down a bit in September and most of October… which will be appreciated… I have so many projects at home that need attention … and the cats will love the companionship as well. I am long overdue for a visit with my Parents and that will top the to do list in September. Last month Buddy Russ and his wife Jill came for a long weekend visit … and we spent time along the Michigan Lakeshore experiencing as much maritime life as we could. We viewed the Milwaukee Clipper from a distance, got up close to the evening arrival and departure of the SS Badger in Ludington, MI and spend a good hour on the City of Milwaukee in Manistee, Mi. All of these attractions are top Notch … and worth the time and energy if you are in the area.
Probably the biggest piece of ship news … was the announcement that Crystal Cruises has passed on their option to purchase and reactivate the SS United States. Certainly lots of opinions out there … and the conservancy has returned to looking for other opportunities. A few good tidbits though … Crystal has donated funds to keep the ship “afloat” for 6 months and all of their work did confirm the ship is in excellent structural shape. GLL and I will continue to donate 10% of SSUS items sales to the Conservancy efforts until the ships final fate is decided.
This month almost 50 new items … and a very diverse selection. Some early German items make a debut .., as well as German items from the 60’s. At least 2 items related to the Maiden Voyage and early life of the QM … as well as a nice selection of onboard souvenir items from various liner gift shops. I think I have many nationalities represented in some way … Americans, English, French, German, Italian, Greek and Dutch just to name a few! Stop on by and have a look =).
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.