Two great little writing sheets and one envelope from onboard the SS South American. These South spent the better part of the 20th century cruising the great lakes before being retired in the mid 60’s. Oh .. the lost and romantic art of writing letters! In good shape .. though need to be pressed to clean up the minor edge bumps.
Directly from the ship’s gift shop, comes this lovely silver souvenir spoon. Cunard’s lion crest and the Queens crown rest in an area of bright red enamel, while the “RMS Queen Elizabeth” rests on a bed of deep blue. The spoon is in excellent condition.
A nice copy of the famous brochure completed for the new QE2. This contains 31 pages of introductory info about all aspects of the ship including her maiden voyage and initial cruise schedule. There is a lovely cut away of the vessel and a great profile too. Lots of tids and bits of trivia about the ship … like the funnel design, mast, propellers etc etc. 2 pages are dedicated to “ship shapes” and different design elements of the ship .. Love the pictures of Snowflake china! The cover has some scuffs and age spots but the brochure is overall great condition and is a must have for the QE2 lover.
3 Queen Mary items from a 1958 voyage once owned by Jim Meinershagen’s mother. Could the name be anymore German? First is the turner portrait postcard, signed by Jim’s mother .. and postmarked in NYC May 6th 1958.The second item is a horse racing card … looks like there 4 races scheduled. Lastly is nice general information booklet (staples are rusty)… the landlubbers guide to ship speak =). 3 cute little items!
Lovely Arthur Dixon posted card for the Lizzie. Dixon was quite famous for his photography and scores of his famous images were made into postcards. Tens of thousands of these were printed and sold. This one is in almost perfect shape!
Great 2 part printed “shopping list”, the first part covers all general items available: the second part describes items available on specific ships. Interestingly, Tri-ang toys and ship models were offered on the Mary, and not the other ships. You could buy china an glassware on the Caronia, but interestingly not perfume ..seems odd! No date, but from the graphics and the Ford Consul shown in the adverts.. I’d date this to the late 50’s or early 60’s.
PR folder released August 15th 1950. Cunard’s “A fleet” sure would have been raking in the post war cash and probably sailing close to capacity where this was printed. The Samaria had been downgraded to one class service and the folder also covers Donaldson Atlantic Lines one class ships: SS Laurentia and SS Lismoria. Great shape and informative!
A pristine little wine list from the Cunard line. The little list has hard covers and is spiral bound …contains 14 double sided tabbed pages from champagne to cider and ales. 2 other tabbed pages list cigars, cards and other amenities. The remaining 10 + pages include adverts for spirits and cigs!
2 great copies of the onboard newspaper : one from November 17 and the other November 19th 1950. Both issues are filled with news of the day and period adverts. The earlier issue has an empty crossword waiting for you to complete as well as “yesterdays” stock prices! The other issue has “yesterdays” sporting event news! Both are folded in half and have some bumps and wrinkles.
WOW … wonderful deck arrangement plans for the CWS MV Georgic stamped and dated in march 1944. These cover the A-B-C-D decks for the ship when she was rebuilt after her wartime bombing. The plans are nicely detailed and contain some hand written notes. There is color coding and notes on each deck detailing the ventilation systems. The officers sure had a little more privacy … they occupied older cabins, white the troops stayed in large dormitory areas in standee bunk 3 high. This plan is in terrific shape with just a few browning areas. The picture only shows about 1/2 of the plan … it’s pretty big and hard to photograph!
Wonderful heavy tissue stock deck plan for one of the UC’s last ships … the Pendennis Castle. This shows accommodations as it was revised in September 1968. Within a decade, Union Castle would be out of the passenger carrying business. This is in great shape , other than a rusty line on the cover.
Lovely seafoam and teal “V” First Class baggage sticker for the Grace Line. Unused and in excellent shape. Stickers like this would have been on every travelers luggage.. sort of a badge of honor for the well traveled.
Lovely seafoam and teal “S” First Class baggage sticker for the Grace Line. Unused and in excellent shape .. these would have once adorned the luggage of the well traveled person.
The lovely “American” lady that started her life as the Kenya Castle and made most voyages from England to Africa. The Greeks bought her and gave her some updating and successfully put her into the American cruise market. This lovely heavy tissue line deckplan was printed in the USA sometime after 1960. Excellent condition … lovely rendering of the ship on the back cover.
An excellent deckplan for the Greek Lady! She was another one of Matson’s pre war lovlies that found life after WW2 and long layup. The plan is made from heavy tissue like paper and has a travel agency stamp from Minnesota. The plan is marked preliminary .. and has no date, but seems to be from about 1966 as the wording inside mentions “she will be” compliant with 1966 Solas standards. Lovely picture of the ship on the back cover.
Lovely programme put together for the naming of the new ship by Sophia Loren In NYC September 25th, 1990. These is a nice tipped in photo of Sophia crossing the gangplank to the platform docked by the ship. The program outlines the ceremony, the following celebrations as well as lists the “VIP” guests, A lovely item in great condition.
ALL I can say is wow .. this set of items is as pristine as you can get! First up is the textured embossed covered brochure for the cruise … which is packed with various sized onboard pictures of the ship and vintage dressed passengers. There is also a section on destination information .. and a full page printed apology insert from Cunard for their confusing 2 of the port descriptions! The second item is the MINT deck plan … which printed on heavy stock and printed on both sides. Both items were printed in October of 1973, well in advance of the first world cruise! If you love the QE2 ,,, this is a MUST have!
Lovely dainty silver plated knife and fork set from a Chandris ship. The knife has “Chandris Lines” etched on the blade beside the lovely X flag symbol, while the fork has the X flag symbol stamped below the tines. Made by Sheffield of England, these need a good polishing. I have no idea what ship .. but I’m guessing an older vessel like the Britanis, Ellinis or maybe the lovely Australis.
Folder for the Delta Queens River Cruises Voyages to America 1975 season. The folder has all sorts of information, a few pictures and little mini plans for the vessel. Gosh, who doesn’t love the Delta Queen? She has had such a good long life .. though forced to retire from service about 3 years ago due to her wooded superstructure .. she still serves as a B&B In Tennessee. The folder is in great shape, though a little wrinkled.
Nice little folder fold out for the MS Lucaya sailing from Miami to the Bahamas daily. The 4.5 hour round trip was only $19! Great item with a couple of scuffs and corner dents.
Home Lines did such marvelous deckplans in the 70’s .. and certainly this one does not disappoint! It is almost completely dedicated to the ship with colorful pictures and color coded plans on 8 double sided pages .. the center spread covers cabins and rates. A few scribbles and scuffs … but otherwise in great shape! The plan was issued 8/1/1974.
2 great items for the QAM: the first is a leaflet for the 1974 Bermuda cruises out of Baltimore and Philadelphia. This includes info on the Happy ship herself, room rates and onboard pictures (the guy in the black socks and shorts is a looker for sure). The deckplan is a little yellowed and the prior owner added several notes on various cabin rates.
The thrifty Regency folks had this printed on board for passengers to find their way around the ship. They would have been placed in your cabin info packet. The ship now rests on the ocean bottom.