Known for their minute and impressive detail, Mercator models are amazing!… Here we have the first of Ballin’s trio … the Imperator. The Kaiser was so impressed with the ship … he saw to it that the social hall had his bust displayed prominently. The model shows the Imperator very early in life … with the bow eagle and super tall funnels. The eagle lasted on a few voyages .. and the funnels were shortened in her first refit. Excellent condition!
Lovely 7 day Nassau cruise fold out for the Homeric in early mid 1964. I have to hand it to Home Lines … they sure hopped on the cruise business early and developed quite the following. This brochure has deck plans rate schedules and Lots and lots of photos. The 2 Dining room photos are the best I have ever seen for the Lovely ex-Matson ship. Great condition, except for a tape scuff as seen on the front cover.
Excellent ash tray swiped from one of Eastern’s pioneering ships that sailed out of Miami. I’d like to think this came from one of my favorites: the Bahama Star.. or maybe the New Bahama Star. Excellent shape with no chips or flaws. Great for the smoking sect.
Wonderful folding deck plan that is all inclusive… lots of pictures, generous deck plans, rates, timetables and info! Home lines knew how to do these brochure correctly and efficiently. The old gal was billed as completely air conditioned by this time … she stared her life for SAL decades before as their first Kungsholm. Great conditions with a few tiny holes at the fold lines.
Great little 1952 tissue deck plan for this little lady. The colored areas show rooms that had air conditioning … great amenity and almost required for her warm weather route! In good shape, except for a little notch tear/clip and the very top fold.
Wonderful book on the USS Von Steuben’s WW1 wartime service for the Stars and Stripes. She was built as NDL’s Kronprinz Wilhelm and at one time held the Blue Riband of the Atlantic. After the war, rumors abounded that she would be refurbished and used to show off America’s industrial might .. or even more service, but this was not the case and she was the first of the captured German four funneled liners to go to the breakers. Signed by the Author!
Nice little folded sheet of stationery for the little Stefan Batory. She was the last regular transatlantic passenger carrier when she was retired in about 1988. Nice little sheet…write your liner friends!
Nice little envelop and stationery sheet from the Stefan Batory. built for Holland America as the Maasdam, she was sold to become the Stefan Batory in 1969. A nice little single screw ship … she was one on the last ships with regular trans Atlantic ocean service. She was in service until 1990 or so and then sold for scrap.
Perfect post card from the funny little SS SilverStar. She was a little Navy relay ship that was converted for cruise service form various ports off the east coast of the United States. She was a bit of an ugly duckling! These cards are in perfect shape: several available
Cool and almost pristine Press photo / rendering showing the Conte’s anti-rolling machinery. The text is no longer with the picture .. but it perhaps was touting the new stabilizing equipment. In the end, it was not very successful, and alas the conte did not survive WW2. The photo is in almost perfect shape and printed on rather heavy stock.
Lovely embroidered hat ribbon for the Liberte. She was the post war flagship for the French… given to the French Line a sort of a consolation prize fro the lost of the exquisite Normandie .. she had been the German Europa. She was rebuilt and her interiors certainly took on a French deco feel… even some of the Normandie’s Artwork was reused onboard. Just a lovely ribbon in great condition!
Cool Red ribbon souvenir ribbon for the SS France. These were popular items always available for purchase , but also at times given to passengers for special awards and or events. These were available in a wide range of colors .. this one is Red and in pristine condition!
rare and cool charity program form the Normandie for June 25th 1935. This would have been on one of her first voyages. The entertainment took place in the Grand Salon (WOW) and a collection was taken up to benefit the French and American seamen’s funds. Comedian Vic Oliver was the master of ceremonies for the evening … events include singers, dancers, magic and other acts. The program which includes a cover and an insert is in great shape with maybe a slight little wrinkle to it .. though I will store it flat and I am sure it can be pressed. Rare indeed!
Lovely souvenir dish for the ship’s Maiden Voyage in 1970. Outstand ships , the ships image was in gold and the rim is trimmed in gold as well. the SKY was one of the 4 near sister ships that put NCL on the map .. and later prompted Knut to purchase the SS France and rework her into the SS Norway. Excellent condition!
Great little celluloid pin with a b/w image of the Maury 2. She was such a delightful little ship with her deco interiors. She survived into the 60’s but went to the scrappers when her last cruises were not successful.
Excellent resin trays … these look to have never been used. They are a little bigger than most resin ship trays… and have a much higher edge construction. The Atlantic was one of Home Lines last ships and was modeled heavily on the Oceanic of 1965 and recently was retired from MSC Cruises.
Excellent set of cards .. unused an still wrapped in plastic. Features the Emerald Seas on the cover with green trim. The Emerald Seas was purchased from Chandris after they had her totally rebuilt (from the APL President Roosevelt). These were probably bought on board and saved as a gift. Excellent condition.
Here is the much awaited book on the sisters Empress of Ireland and Empress of Britain from my Canadian friend Ian …
I need to get my own copy ordered ASAP… Here are the preview tidbits from the back of the book:
The Tale of Two Sisters is packed with:
Unseen pictures from the original reports of Lloyd’s Register who surveyed the
construction of the Empress of Britain and the Empress of Ireland from the keel up.
Photographic illustration of what it must have looked like when the SS Storstad and
the Empress of Ireland collided.
Very rare pictures taken aboard the SS Storstad and the SS Helvetia. Ship’s plans and diagrams showing the collisions that occurred involving all four ships and so many mysteries revealed.
… Two coal carrying colliers; the SS Storstad and the SS Helvetia were built and
launched from the same ship yard only a year apart. The latter made less of a mark on
Maritime history, but both were destined to meet two sister ships called the Empress
of Ireland and the Empress of Britain…
… In the early hours of May 29th 1914, Captain Kendall loses sight of an unknown vessel steaming down the St. Lawrence river into a fog bank. Captain Henry George Kendall (while knowing that the other vessel was in the vicinity) orders the Empress of Ireland to a dead stop, but did the ship stop?…
… With only seconds left Captain Murray orders the Empress of Britain full speed astern
after hearing an approaching vessel foghorn extremely close. Out of the fog emerges a
collier passing across the Empress” bow; Captain Murray knew it was too late…
If you wish you can order this book directly from Ian at either his website @ www.theempressofireland.com. Shipping to the US and Canada is $10 and Ian will quote postage for other world wide locations.
Wonderful letter cards from the QE . These would have been available in the writing room and Cunard encouraged folks to write ( it was good advertising). The cover of the card is shown with the handsome Tuner image of the ship racing along on fairly calm seas .. she was ever bit the Flagship. The cards are in great shape … write all your Cunard fans in style. There are several available!
Very interesting 25 page-ish booklet that covers D&C lines services for the entire 1929 season. Lots of folks would have been traveling on these great ships for work and or leisure … thought the great stock market Crash later that year probably ended most of the leisure sailings … folks had no money. This booklets contains all info you would need .. lots of nice ship info , plans pictures etc and lots of port info as well. There are quite a few adverts too .. even for “rival” Steamship lines on the Great Lakes like the Georgian Bay line, GLTC and others. The cover of this is a little brittle and is starting to separate form the spine .. but interior contents are what will keep you entertained! Wonderful D&C graphics!
The large extravagant intro Brochure for the QM2 , how can this be described other than lovely? Cunard sure markets and capitalizes on the traditional and nostalgic aspects of the vessel and ocean liner travel .. and of course the ships relations to her historic retired fleet mates. The brochure if chock full of renderings of the ships interiors … most are almost too real looking not to be true photos! The insert in the back covers all of her voyages for the first season. Truly a modern masterpiece! A little bump to the cover corners.
Neat little fold out brochure trying to lure folks across the great lakes to ride the D@C ships to the NY worlds fair.
The D&C boats were glorious .. the Greater Detroit and Greater Buffalo were the largest side wheelers built … both designed by the famous maritime architect Frank Kirby. There rates were pretty low … I would have been sorely tempted! Good condition and printed on heavier stock.
Love little map of the British Isles give out to passengers. It is done in color and the opposite side of the map has a superb engraving view of the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway in NYC (which still exists). I was there a few years ago .. there are still Cunard Brass plaques near the entries. Excellent condition with a little hand writing on the front cover.. and a stamp “property of” mark on the rear cover.
Perfect Upper berth reading lamp shroud/shade from the ship. If you need one of these as a part to complete your light at home …now is your chance!. Of course, these were all made from aluminum … light weight and fireproof! Excellent condition!
OHHH MYYYYY WOW … here is another one of those rare and unique items. I brought this back from a recent trip out West … One of the Coffee Urns from the ships galley. I believe this came from the galley that served First and Cabin class dining rooms… and is pictured in the SS Guernsey’s auction catalogue (Wednesday 10/03/84). This was of course steam driven (manufactured by RUDSCO) and is complete as far as I can tell! It comes with various glass replacement parts as well. I was told this can make 144 cups of coffee at a time … great for your SSUS bashes! Solid construction and expected condition from preparing a lot of coffee … still has a faint and rich percolator smell.
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