Welcome to GLL for August 2018
This past month I have travelled almost non stop for work .. and the next month looks to be much of the same. I hope that September is almost travel free and I can enjoy some time at home.
I did make a 4 day trip to Washington, DC mid July which allowed me to spend some time exploring the city .. as I had not been there in over 30 years. I wanted to see the “On The Water” exhibition at the American History Museum: and that exhibit did not disapoint. There was a good sized section dedicated to Ocean Liners and the SS United States was represented by several great artifacts. These included Raymond Wendells “Currents” Mural , One of the Duck Suite Panels and several pieces of furniture from the ship. The artworks were both quite lovely and actually in better condition that I had expected. The duck suite panel could have been displayed a little better for viewing and photography .. but that would have been my only real critique. A skylight from the WSL Majestic of 1890 was also part of the exhibit. This Skylight has been part of the Smithsonian’s collection for about 100 years or so, and I believe it was installed in one of the buildings at one time. Well worth the visit.
This month there are a number of cool items for sale that would be great addtions to any collection. A great stack of deck plans forms the fountation of the offer and is surrounded with souveniers, original blueprints and otherwonderful items … stop by and take 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 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.