This Month:

Wow … did 2017 fly by! I can hardly believe as I write this we are already poised for 2018 to begin. I hope that 2017 closes on a constructive note for everyone and that in 2018 we can see more stability and positive progress in our world. I’m reminded of one of my favorite Buckminster Fuller quotes: “We are all passengers on Spaceship Earth.” Nothing is more important to our combined future than the health of our planet and all organisms we share it with.

This month there is a notable focus one some more modern items … more related to cruising than crossing. I have a nice stack of more modern glossy brochures and plans from the later 60’s and early 70’s when cruising was poised to grow exponentially with a new generation of ships. Of course, there will also be selections from times past when scheduled crossings were the bread and butter of the industry and you could set your watch by the varied arrivals and departures. I also held over a few items from last month that were added in later December. Of course, there are a few quirky things like Ken Schultz Catalogues as well!

I close the year with a note of thanks to all of you for support and patronage but more importantly for the relationships and connections. It is so rewarding to communicate with all sorts of people all over the globe and share stories and experiences related to “Ocean Liners”. We do help to keep this rich history alive!

Thanks for a wonderful 2017 … let’s prepare to ring in the New Year!

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 Leavitt:

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 Hawley:

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!

Peter Knego:

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.