OUTSTANDING set of original blue line SSUS conversion plans for Hadley’s dream that was not to be! This is a complete set from the last 1986 plan revision that covers all new and old decks (Observation/includes stack profiles, Eagle, Navigation, Sports, Sun, Promenade, Upper, Main, A,B,C, D and partial E, Hold and Machinery) and also includes the coveted outboard profile drawn at a smaller scale. I can pour over these plans for hours at a time and dream about what could have been! There are minor marks and notations on the sheets and most have small edge tears … but these do not affect the “drawing” portions of the plans at all. The promenade deck sheet is missing a corner of the sheet. Amazingly, Some of these giant sheets reach into the 10 foot long range! Certainly a conversion of this magnitude would have altered the SS United States well away from her mid-century design and made her less desirable or maybe even impossible for us to debate her preservation today …. but she certainly would have had more useful years on the ocean. These plans are priceless tools for research and or model building and are becoming rarer and much more obscure to find …. Certainly a true collectors dream item.
Lovely diamond shaped light for the Scrapped Victoria. I bought this from buddy peter Knego … but alas, the spot I have planned to use it in is now designated to another fixture. These were very similar lights to ones used on contemporary Italian ladies the Doria , Colombo etc. The paint and surfaces will need some attention! It is extremely well made … and is ready for you to restore, rewire and enjoy its 50’s magnificence. This baby is heavy, I may have to quote shipping.
Lovely laminated cabinet from a tourist cabin on the Windsor Castle. Buddy Peter Knego saved all sorts of items from the ship when she was dismantled at Alang .. and this item is really cool. There would have been 2 of these in each 4 berth tourist cabin … so each occupant would have a little storage case for personal domestic hygiene supplies … like toothbrush and paste, bath soap, aftershave etc. There are little metal hardware dishes and holders inside for above items to store easily. There are areas of wear to the laminate .. but this could clean up nicely and still be used as a bathroom storage cubby today! . **shipping calculator may not be accurate .. shipping may have to be quoted ***.
Nice sailing schedule fo these 2 sisters that came to OOL from American Export. These dolls were 2 of the 4 Aces… and were solidly built and served AE and were a good investment for Tung for many years to come. They are both but a memory today!
There was a nostalgic liner outcry in the late 70’s and 80’s … where did all the liners go? This plaque for the Oceanic Independence was done as part of a series of past liners to commerate the liners that were still with us. Though she was owned by CY Tung at the time, the Oceanic Indy started life as the Independence for American Export. She cracked in half upon reaching Alang for scrapping.
This could be a crafty homemade item … a near shiny shellacked plaque for the Hotel Queen Mary. Has a nice had written thanks you on the back … a gift for someone’s uncle.The Hotel QM is at least still open today … though with having so many different owners … she is in need of some unifying renovations and restoration. I’m glad to hear a lot of good restoration work has been happening lately in her Observation bar! God save the Queen!
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.