Welcome to Grand Liner Lounge for April 2020!
First to all of you … please stay safe and healthy in these unprecedented times of Covid 19 virus and pandemic. I think the simplest and maybe smartest thing to do is follow the shelter and stay at home orders as strictly as you can and keep washing those hands! Social distancing will help to drop the curve and keep more people safe and healthy. Be careful!
Since I have been home more the past few weeks … I can say that time has been well spent on organizing and cleaning up files and boxes of good memorabilia that have piled up around here in my absence. I have found a good number of items that I had long forgotten about … which is a little like Christmas at times. You’ll be seeing a number of those items appear this and in the coming months.
Of course , April is always synonymous with the “Titanic” disaster … and this year we mark 108 years since she met her fate. There are a few Cunard White Star items in the update this month to pay distant homage to this ultimate of marine disasters.
And so this month I have another eclectic collection of items to offer and entertain you with:
There is a great Ken Schultz Catalogue … full of memorabilia (and tidbits of Kens special wit and attitude I may add) as well as larger selection of Cunard rates and sailings brochures. Don’t miss the Inaugural Cruise Menu for the MS Veendam for a luncheon that was held onboard in NYC or the Celebrity Century’s intro brochure. There is also a lovely NAL MS Berjensfjord Passenger list from her 1962 ATW cruise and a 1965 Caronia ATW cruise brochure to delight your traveling whimsy. A number of Greek, Italian and Home Lines deck plans are in this months line up as well. Lastly (but not “leastly”) .. there is a copy of the SS United States “A Lady In Waiting” DVD that takes you through the ship and the conservancy’s early efforts at saving her.
Enjoy and stay safe!
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 40 years and have been able to make many friends and contacts during that time. I am a Phi Beta Kappa 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. Since then , Peterson family has sold the Kee back to a Canadian group. She has arrived in Port McNicoll where she will be the centerpiece museum in their waterfront revitalization project. I’m so happy she is home … but I do 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. 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 over 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 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.