Excellent issue of Life magazine with the QM on the cover dated April 19th 1937. I am sure the cover picture is of her maiden arrival in NY … there she is surrounded by tugs and other craft. Passengers and crew seem to all be lining her starboard side, bow and stern areas. It is a great photo. The issue does not have any other reference to the QM … lots of info on Her majesty the real live Queen Mary…. who was still lamenting the loss of her husband George. Page 52 does picture and cover the Normandie’s new propellers … which were instrumental with her recapturing the Hales trophy for the fastest passage across the Atlantic from the QM. A great issue and great shape!
Famous Life magazine coverage of the QM’s retirement from October 6 1967. The multi page article covers the Queen Mary’s last commercial voyage and her life up till that point. He was endeared by tens of thousands of travelers and people from all walks of life and nationalities. Luckily, she survives somewhat intact in Long Beach, Ca. The magazine is in great shape!
Excellent set of 12 Mornflake cards for Cunard’s postwar fleet. Covers all vessels right up to my little Canadian favorite: Ivernia! These are in excellent shape and the backs of the cards cover vital statistics etc for each ship shown. These would be killer framed! I wish cerealbox prizes were this good when I was growing up!
These are cards form Carnival’s first 2 sets of newbuilds: Holiday and Tropicale and then of course Facination and Celebration. They embarked on a never ending building program .. and Joe Farkus became richer and richer introducing hotel/casino like interiors. This was not cruising like in the olden days. The cards are in great unused shape.
Nice set of post cards for the first 3 ships that put carnival on the map .. the Mardi Gras, Carnivale and Festivale. These 3 ships laid the foundation for what is the Carvival empire today. All cards are unused. though they do have some minor imperfections. There are 2 for MG, 2 for Carni and 1 for Festi!
A very nice copy of the OLP SB reprint for the QM … a must have if you love this splendid vessel! Whats very cool about this particular issue is that a prior owner has tastefully alos used it as a QM scrapbook, pasting in postcards and articles and other items onto blank pages and cover plates. There are even some loose pages for Life magazine hiding in the endplates. Also tipped in is a lovely color copy of the famous cut away done for the ship.
Beginning this month, I am partnering with Canadian friend and (Empress of Ireland fanatic) Ian Kinder to offer several of his EOI related items. The first item is a lovely rigging profile of both the Empress of Ireland and the unfortunate ship that sent her to the bottom, the Storstad. These plans were hand drawn by Ian and then reproduced on 40″ x 24″ FSC and SFI paper … completely suitable and perfect for framing! I encourage you to check out Ian’s website: www.theempressofireland.com/. Ian is in process of putting the final touches on a new Empress Of Ireland book that should be available in later December 2013. If you purchase this item from GLL, I will contact Ian and he will ship the item directly from his stock in Canada. Please allow 3 weeks for shipping.
Nice pamphlet that shows crossings, cruises and some air travels for the Feb-October 1957 period. The year 1957 was the last BIG year of ocean travel … it was all down hill and air travel from then forward. Air travel killed the profits of liner crossings in a few short years and cruising became more and more the standard. Excellent brochure for the twilight of an era. Great reference guide!
Excellent sealed deck of cards from a Cunard liner post WW2. Lovely bumblebee yellow and black with the Cunard Lion and gold trimmings. The box has minor soil and scuff… but the cards are still safely wrapped in plastic. Perfect Item for you card sharks!
Lovely Advertising postcard for Cunard’s Pre WW1 Ascania. The card is in excellent shape with a very clear good image of the 2 funnel liner. She was lost in the hostilities … and after WW1 the name Ascania went to a newly built single funnel liner. Lots of ship and service info printed on the back!
Nice little advertising post card for the a 1935 cruise of the Franconia. The card announces the ship has left the Seychelles Island… and will then continue on her voyage. Love the Advert cards , and this one is in great shape.
Pristine unused Baggage tag … more than likely dated to the QE2’s early life. A very nice find!
Cast aluminum crew signs for the ship like this seems to be pretty hard to find …. Probably because the other signs were much easier to locate and a little more “glamorous”. This is a cast molded piece .. of course out of lightweight Aluminum. This particular crew cabin would have been certified as being large enough for 21 seamen to occupy (who would have slept in Aluminum standee type bunks). Can you image all those seamen crammed into one room? Pretty rare to find these!
Great heavy flying saucer like ashtray. These would have been everywhere on board in the 50’s and 60’s … and became nice little souvenirs for passengers. In excellent shape!
When the QE2’s retirement was announced about 15 authors jumped into writing mode to capitalize on the rampant nostalgia … and Billy was of course on the scene with his delightful Dover type Picture History publication. This is a nice little booklet cram packed with lovely one of a kind captioned photos of the QE2 … some are just perfect and one almost has to wonder where Bill gets all of the obscure images. Lovely little book in pristine brand new condition … If your and QE2 lover .. this is a great little reference.
An Alarm Bell removed from the beloved SSUS. Gibbs had an absolute creed for Safety … and this bell was part of the ships emergency warning system.. These Bells were placed throughout the ship and can be seen in various photographs ..Holy Cow is this darn thing loud and HEAVY!! … When these went off, they could wake the dead (watch out for SSUS Zombies!!). Excellent condition! I may have to quote shipping … this is heavy! Use this as a doorbell… and you’ll never miss another caller.
Cute little fold out for the PM well after she was sold by Canadian Pacific and was owned by BCSC. A nice piece of her history!
Another hard to find item for the great SSUS … a pair of porthole lugs. I know there were at least 2 kinds of lugs on the ship … chrome covered ones like these that were in passenger/ public areas .. and brass lugs used in crew parts of the mighty ship! I remember last time I was on the Big U most of the portholes on the ship were locked so tight you would could never get them open (remember she was sealed tight by MARAD when she was laid up). On the QM today, they have welded a little dot-stop to the end of the porthole screws to keep souvenir scavengers from removing her solid brass lugs. A gem of an item … and a set that made every single service crossing!
Ok … this has to be a RARE one …. A replacement piece of porthole glass! I am sure there are stories it could tell! This could have been kept onboard in the “maintenance’ supply area to be used if there was a porthole that needed replacing.. but it sure looks like it could have been installed at one time as well. This baby is HEAVY .. and parts of the edges are “chipped” .. they almost look scalloped on purpose. The SSUS had pretty small portholes .. I am sure they were Navy standard for safety! There can’t be too many of these around! This may require special packaging and shipping and I dare say will be too heavy and fragile to ship internationally.
These are lovely examples of just how detailed items designed and made for the ship were. First they were of course we made out of Aluminum … so they were light , fire resistant and required no real cleaning etc. Also ingenious was the “toothed” bar … which kept towels for falling off with the various movements of the ship. These were customized and “cut down” as dictated by the individual bathroom space. Approx 12″ long. Comes with some cabin paint marks too!
The Mikhail Lermontov was the last poet ship built for the Baltic Sea Shipping company. She sank on cruise after hitting rocks off the shores of New Zealand in 1986 .. and the wreck site has become a destination for divers. This is a perfect deck plan for this ship and showing interior views… a very rare find and in excellent condition!
Though the Black sea Shipping company she was built for is long long gone , the Alexandr Pushkin still sails today as the ss Marco Polo. She was the flagship for BSC and was the largest of their “poet” class. This is a perfect deckplan for this ship and showing interior views… pretty hard to find and in excellent condition!
Nice crystal clear glass mug for the lovely Westerdam. The ship is outlines in gold and black and the cup is made from molded lobes of heavy glass. Certainly an onboard purchase as a memento or gift.
Nice a souvenir mug from the SP. This rich dark blue ceramic mug has the ship outlined in gold and includes her vital statistics. Certainly a gift ship purchase, from a descendent ship of the “Love Boat Line”.
Lovely little ashtray for the Greek line. Beautiful partial profile of the Olympia in the bowl of the tray… these were always easy souvenir’s for passenger hunters. Excellent condition.