NDL’s 4 funnel racer was caught at the onset of WW1 … and quickly put into service for the US Navy as the USS Agamemnon. After WW1 There were schemes to reactivate her for peacetime service alongside the Leviathan and other German ships … but she was kept in the backwaters of the reserve fleet and never used again. She remained in the backwaters until after WW2 , and was towed away as a rusty old gal to become pins and needles for American baby boomers. There is a 1″ chip out of the upper right hand corner.
The Ward Line’s Siboney actually served in both world wars … which sandwiched her peacetime service. This is a WW1 portrait of her dazzle painted and laden with lifesaving rafts. The portrait is in good shape for WW1 with a few waves, the black frame has the typical scuffs and scrapes. I may need to quote shipping for this.
Cute little vintage vinyl ID wallet from the Fair Princess. Flash your Captain Stubing, Julie McCoy or Bartender Issac mug shot at folks .. and off you go!
Straight from the Homeric’s gift shop onboard, is this nice little leather like coaster set. The 6 coasters each have onboard scenes pressed into their top surface in gold. Excellent shape and totally usable.
I know this came from the Regent Sea (ex Gripsholm), cause a buddy of mine tucked it in his pocket when he was onboard her in Tampa. Stainless steel … certainly not the silver service that would have been onboard during the Gripsholm days. Thanks goodness folks removed items while she was laid up in Tampa … She sank on the way to the breakers.
Good luck charm from the Victoria… complete with a lucky horseshoe attached. Lovely souvenir item from her onboard gift shop in excellent condition. She finished her days at Alang … and was stripped of her midcentury wonders and melted into Indian razorblades.
Another totally amazing design rendering done for the SS Paris. The rendering itself is done in pencil and ink showing a detailed elevation and section study of a wall niche for a Vestibule Terrace . These renderings would have been part of the designers concept portfolio for the proposed work onboard. I know I have seen this same rendering shown in print someplace … but alas I can’t remember. It is not in Rene Vian’s masterwork book: Arts Decroatifs A Bord des Paquebots Francais … like the other rendering I am offering for sale. The Paris herself was remodeled a few different times from her Beaux Arts and Nouveau beginnings into more of an Art Deco lady … most of the major changes happened after her first big fire in 1929. A pretty rare “one of a kind” elegant item.
This item is totally amazing …. A wonderful interior design rendering for the SS Paris. The rendering itself is drawn in ink and gauche and shows a detailed elevations/section/plan study of a column w/ shelf design that for the Grand Salon. These renderings would have been part of the designers concept portfolio for the proposed work that was presented to the French Line. Another rendering in this exact same series was shown in Rene Vian’s masterwork book: Arts Decroatifs A Bord des Paquebots Francais (page 58). It is in beautiful condition, and would be just stunning framed. Certainly rare to find something like this that has provenance in a MAJOR and exceptionally well done publication. I can include a copy of page 58 if you like.
Lovely souvenir back painted glass tray for the Europa. She started life as SAL’s Kungsholm .. and joined the Bremen V ( rebuilt French Pasteur from 1939) in the early 60’s. In excellent shape with no chips scratches etc.
WOW… if Kungsholm is your ship … This is a must have item. It is in Gorgeous shape… with just a little tiny bit of spine wear. The contents are typical of these issues … lots of adverts for supplies for the ship … and then great detailed info/ plans/ interior pictures and mechanical pictures and lots of ETC. She was the first BIG new build for SAL ( I consider Stockholm to be small)… and was followed by Gripsholm and then replaced by Kungsholm (she was then sold to NDL to become Europa).In the 80’s, she was holed at Cadiz , sank into the harbor mud and later scrapped as Costa’s Columbus C’.
Nice modern cruising souvenir puzzle for the RCL. This is in “never opened” condition and shows one of the glorious white-hulled cruisers. Cute little item for Royal Caribbean. Meant as a gift …has an area to be addressed and stamped .. and dropped in the mail!
Another Gene Darcy ‘hardware on a plaque” item. Many of the cabins onboard the hotel today have the same faucets still in use!. .. No doubt this is a real QM fitting! This wood plaque needs to be stripped and a new layer of sealer applied … the faucet is in typical condition for these items.
Gene Darcy made a fortune on buying scraped ocean liner bits and making souvenir items from them: plaques, lamps bookends and such. He supposedly bought $20K worth of junk from the Queen Mary conversion in Long Beach …. That he and company made into souvenirs and these in turn made him a millionaire. With his profits he found and purchased scrapped bits from other ships … and grew his fortune considerably. The downside was he also created some reproduction items that still turn up listed as authentic! Neat valve type fitting from the QM!
Wonderful image of the Leviathan as a trooper coming into harbor (technically pre-dating her USL ownership). After the war she would become WFGibbs first BIG assignment … and her would restore her top to bottom … emerging as the USL flagship. As is common with these WW1 photos, the framing is pretty scraped and the image is a little wavy … but still is crisp and clear. You can almost read the banners on the surrounding watercraft. ** shipping calculator maybe off… I may need to quote shipping***
Just the cutest little wooden Chad Valley puzzle ever for the Mauretania 2. In excellent shape and complete, this is an interesting cartoony image of the ship. These puzzles were very popular in the 30-50’s. I’m sure this was a gift for an adoring little child. The box has some issues … but the puzzle is perfect!
Lovely deckplan cut away for the marvelous twins. They were certainly the last “express” sisters ever built … as the Atlantic trade was certainly waning away. The cutaway is just in wonderful shape … these were the first 2 large liners ever build with the absence of “sheer’ to their decks. Some personal notes.
Nice early framed print of the Norway done by marine artist James Flood. Certainly done before the suites were added topside … and the ship’s good “French” looks and superb lines were a bit compromised. The Norway arrived at Alang named “Blue Lady” and was cut up for scrap metal to fuel India’s growing economy. The print is in great shape .. a few nicks to the frame. *** shipping calculator may not be correct, I should quote***
A lovely Hudson river day liner named for the last Dutch leader of the New Amsterdam settlement … which today is the BIG Apple, NYC. The PS was a medium sized vessel in the fleet and did a lot of charter cruising for the Day line. She was laid up in 1962. This is a wonderful heavy brass souvenir model …probably purchased onboard many years ago for some lucky little devil.
GRAND agency print the for French line Normandie by Sebille. Nothing the French did for the Normandie was ever “modest” … this Agency print is no exception. The ship is powerfully racing along the high seas … cutting through huge waves like a hunting knife through warm butter. Sebille did many marine paintings for the French line … I just love his Ile de France interwar print. The nice little brass Nameplate under the ship .. it appears a French Line nameplate may have hung at the top of the frame at one point. The frame has the typical scratches n such. ***shiping calculator may not be correct ..I amy need to quote shipping***
Starting her life for SAL … she moved to the Home Lines fleet as the Italia. In the mid 50’s she started doing mostly cruising … and probably paid for herself many times over in profits for her owners. The print and frame are in good shape they have been well taken care of for sure .. but could use a good cleaning for the browning patina of age. *** Shipping calculator may not be accurate, I should quote **
Wonderful travel agency advert for the Alcoa Clipper. Alcoa ran ships all over the route to the Caribbean and South America most carrying ore and freight .. but some were also outfitted for limited passengers. This print by Gordon Ellis is really nice .. she is nestled in a safe harbor. This came from the FOB collection (info on back). A few border suffs and some scratches or! ** May require shipping to be quoted due to size**
American Queen was the largest river steamboat ever built when completed in 1995 … and holds that title still today. She went through several owners and was retired in 2008 … but came back into service in 2011 under contract to the newly formed American Queen Steamboat Company. Let’s all hope she remains successful and we can continue to cruise the inland rivers (primarily Ohio and Mississippi). There are some wrinkled edges and border blemishes (one small tear)… this poster came from Frank Braynard’s collection. Would looks stunning framed .. If river lore is your thing … this poster is for you! Will ship rolled in a tube.
Wonderful little booklet about the Bremen and her elusive dash out of NYC and homeward at the onset of WW2. She was painted grey at sea … and made it home to Bremerhaven via Murmansk. Great little German paperback …. Must have been important propaganda to publish this … paper and other materials sure would have been in short supply in Germany in WW2. The poor was Bremen burned out by the end of the war. Pretty rare little booklet… and neat photos! There is a tiny tear on the back cover does not detract in anyway.
Germany was depleted of almost all of their shipping tonnage after WW1 … but NGL was able to get the Bremen back into service. A neat little ship … her name would eventually be reused with the sparkling and amazing Bremen of 1929 (and then the Bremen (rebuilt Pasteur) of 1959. The plan certainly has browned, has some cello tape repair and a waterpoton a fold line … but Kind of rare to find something for one of the few members of the Post WW1 German fleet!
Poetic Photo of the Mauretania 2 on her way to the breakers. The Firth of Forth bridge (IK Brunell’s masterpiece) is in the background. What a sad day for any ship … but she had a good life and stayed working for Cunard for all her years afloat. Great Photo and AP caption.