A nice president Cleveland menu with cover art designed by artist Don Crowley. Delicious assortment of food items would have greeted passengers for this meal … mmm, mmm good! Grab it … it is in excellent shape!
Nice little deckplan for the Olympia with about 25 great little onboard vibrant color pictures. The Greeks were certainly proud of this little ship … rare for them to have a newly built liner … so adept were they at recycling older ships into new roles and lives. This is printed on heavier stock and the white parts have aged and yellowed a little. One very small 1/4″ tear on a seamline.
Cunard Line and Hapag! Berengaria/ Imperator Dining room chair without arms #1: This item has been sold
The mighty Imperator was the debut member of Albert Ballin’s ultra- luxuriant Big Three: Imperator, Valterland and Bismarck. She spent most of WW1 laid up in the River Elbe and came under Allied control at the end of the hostilities. She would eventually go to Great Britain as sort of a “consolation prize” for the loss of the Lusitania … becoming Cunard’s Berengaria. Super lucky for us, most of her original German furniture was kept onboard throughout the war years and then refurbished by Cunard for peacetime service. These first class dining room chairs have wonderful carved details on the wooden elements, legs and back structure … elegant blooming Roses and egg and dart-like frieze are featured in the carved details. The very top of the back is flattened … where the ivory carved seat number was once located during her years at sea (now long removed). A prior owner had the chairs refurbished sometime in the past 20 years or so: the upholstery, springs and seat undercover have all been replaced. The current velvety upholstery is very reminiscent of the original in both color, design and I’m guessing texture .. the Germans loved ornate floral brocade like velvets! Certainly some bumps and scratches from use. The only other flaw is this is missing the lacey trim around the front of the seat back. I’m happy to answer any questions.**** Shipping calculator will not be accurate for this item, I will need to quote shipping specifically ****
Pristine Art Onboard Mimeo for the SSUS. I found a locker full of these babies when I was onboard in 1991 … and a few of them are now available here on GLL. I was so lucky at 21 and 22 to be able to roam the Big U’s innards and explore her glory. I will never forget those lucky summer days! These 5 page mimeos cover most of the art onboard the SSUS … and are in great shape. The dehumidification units installed by MARAD were chugging when I was onboard … and they did their job well.
Oh my … here is a rare one! A paper breakfast menu from the 2 day of the Big U’s trial trip sponsored by NNSBDD. All sorts of folks (certainly mostly men) were aboard running the ship through the paces of the Virginia coast. Based on her outstanding performance, Gibb’s would have had a smile on his face the entire time. Nice shape … certainly rare… and probably best shown framed. Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
Another item I was allowed to have on my last visit to the SSUS in the summer of 1991 were these Pursers cards. I remember finding them stacked neatly in a file drawer in the pursers office … while the floor of the office was covered with multitudes of other paper products. These cards were used to communicate with passengers for things like landing arrangements, radoitelephone account , and other daily requirements. Looks like these were printed in August of 1969 … close to the end! Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
Nice little collection of 21 pictures of Titanic models,exhibitions, pvt collection items and Titanic Memorials. These came to me from parts of the large John Hollis collection that was sold a few years ago. John Hollis was a self styled professional Titanic lecturer associated with the THS. Really cool models shown! She went to thebottom 101 years ago!
Groovy 50’s red bakelite ashtray marked “Linea C” … affectionately known as Costa line. Costa started as a grouping of reworked tonnage … their first new building being the Frederico C. Not sure if this ashtray would have ever been aboard the “Frederico” … but certainly the boomerang style dates from around the time of her entry into service in 1958.
Super nice twin set of prints for Cunard’s wonder ships the QE and QM. These are matching framed prints … but I’m sure they are “souvenir” posters …not ones that would have been released to an agency. At one time, you could buy prints in the onboard gift shops … and much later from folks like Gene Darcy sold leftover originals (and eventually reprints) through his “Stories of the Queens” effort. The QM print is under glass, however the QE print is not. A few nicks and bumps to the frames. Nice matching set!
The first Sun Princess was originally P&O’s Spirit of London … but was quickly transferred to the budding princess fleet when P&O bought Princess cruises in the early 1970’s. Once the popular “Loveboat” series started filming onboard the fledgling Princess fleet … bookings soared! This Irish Linen hand towel is just in absolute pristine condition … probably purchased onboard during a cruise and kept in a drawer as a precious memento. Not a common towel to find at all!
Certainly a huge German WW1 miscalculation was that fact that a huge amount merchant shipping tonnage was stuck in NY harbor at the onset of the hostilities. … especially the brand new HAPAG flagship Valterland. Once America entered the war, she was quickly seized and became our Leviathan. After the war, her reconditioning into the newly formed United States Lines flagship was WF Gibbs first assignment. This was a herculean and successful undertaking for him, and certainly pivotal career making move.. This stereocard is in excellent condition … with a little lenghtwise warp that can be easily pressed back into shape.
A great 1/2 hull model trophy for the Angelina. Hidden under her blue hull and distinctive smoke stack was the old dutch Oranje. Fire gripped hold of her as she was docked in St. Thomas and she was a complete loss … thank goodness most folks were ashore on shopping and sightseeing excursions!. Shiny brass with nameplate … Excellent condition!
These great souvenir spoons are still in their original box with tissue and “compliments from HAL card” . I am sure these were a VIP gift for some lucky passenger that probably booked a grand “spotless” cabin! I have no doubt these will shine up well with a little elbow grease.
Cute little souvenir napkin ring for the RSL Lapland. The Lapland was one of the work horses steamers that RSL schedule out of Antwerp (and eventually Liverpool) on regular voyages. Very intersting that this ring says Americian Line … certainly also part of the IMM … the Lapland must have been under charter the the AL at some point. I believe it was the Lapland that took Douglas Fairbanks and new bride Mary Pickford on part of their honeymoon journey. Nice enameled crest and I’m pretty sure the silver will polish up nicely.
Good “3 crown” wooden hanger from the Swedish American line. This needs a little glue and repair work to the “delaminating” tip on one side. I’m pretty sure this came from the Gripsholm/ Regent Sea when she was laid up in Tampa.
This is an interesting souvenir ceramic dish … from the coloring, I’d date it to the late 60’s or early 70’s. For almost 80 years the twin Kirby designed steamers took Detroit area tourists to Bob Lo island and Amusement Park. The Ste Claire is currently undergoing restoration and hopefully will return to service soon!!
A six pack of matches … totally unopened and mint condition. The Milwaukee Clipper is currently docked in Muskegon, Michigan. She is open in the summer on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for tours. Say “Yes” to Pure Michigan and come see her!
Nice set of cards for the Clipper! She was a post WW2 reconstruction project for George Sharp ( she started life as the Juniata built about the turn of the century). Nice set of cards … and they are all there with 2 jokers in the original box!
Darling little china creamer/sauceboat for a Puerto Rico line steamer . You do not see much for the Puerto Rico Line … and usually just tableware china … it’s great to see a tiny little serving piece. Great condition… no chips or cracks … there is a flaw in the glaze on the front side. Stamped Buffalo China.
Awesome Bakelite ashtray for the German twin flyers! This was probably snitched from an onboard smoking room. Great bas relief image of the ships in the bowl … sporting their lower funnels … so it must be a pretty early item. Glad somebody slipped this into their pocket or steamer trunk!
An outstanding pair of candle sticks made from teak salvaged when she was scrapped in 1935. These have been beautifully lathe turned and each has the “dismantled by” plaque attached to the base. A really nice item from her. Many folks cried when she went for scrap … FDR even penned a nice farewell to her!.
Nice unused Bridge scorecard for the SSUS. Easy to keep your game score on these … and the supply was probably limitless … as I’m sure they could be printed onboard.
Colorful folded multi-page brochure for the Britanis. This does include nice colored deckplans. This was from her 1993 Mexican Caribbean season. 5 nights, $399. She started life as a Maston liner … but after a long life with Chandris, she sailed white hulled and rusty from Tampa on her way to the scrappers.
A nice little blue matted print of the Belle! She is still chugging along today … long after the DQ went to retirement in Tennessee. I wonder who challenges her in the Great Steamboat Race at Derby Dime … Maybe the little Julia Belle Swan? The artist is Robert Conely.
A heavy bronze medal celebrating 25 years of Polish ship building 1952-1977. Great images on both sides … all it needs is a good rub a dub polish!