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Swedish American Line: SS Kungsholm builders book.

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’.

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Royal Caribbean Line: puzzle

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!

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Cunard line: Queen Mary Darcy faucet

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.

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Cunard Line: Queen Elizabeth “Darcy” fitting

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!

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United States Lines: Troopship Leviathan

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***

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Cunard line: Mauretania 2 Chad Valley Puzzle

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!

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Italian Line: Mike and Ralph cutaway deckplan Restocked! MM17

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.

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French Line/ NCL: SS Norway James flood drawing relisted and repriced

Nice early framed print of the Norway done by marine artist James Flood. Certainly done before the suites were added topside … and the ship’s good “French” looks and superb lines were a bit compromised. The Norway arrived at Alang named “Blue Lady” and was cut up for scrap metal to fuel India’s growing economy. The print is in great shape .. a few nicks to the frame. *** shipping calculator may not be correct, I should quote***

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French Line: Normandie Sebille agency print.

GRAND agency print the for French line Normandie by Sebille. Nothing the French did for the Normandie was ever “modest” … this Agency print is no exception. The ship is powerfully racing along the high seas … cutting through huge waves like a hunting knife through warm butter. Sebille did many marine paintings for the French line … I just love his Ile de France interwar print. The nice little brass Nameplate under the ship .. it appears a French Line nameplate may have hung at the top of the frame at one point. The frame has the typical scratches n such. ***shiping calculator may not be correct ..I amy need to quote shipping***

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Alcoa Steamship Company. Alcoa Clipper Agency print.

Wonderful travel agency advert for the Alcoa Clipper. Alcoa ran ships all over the route to the Caribbean and South America most carrying ore and freight .. but some were also outfitted for limited passengers. This print by Gordon Ellis is really nice .. she is nestled in a safe harbor. This came from the FOB collection (info on back). A few border suffs and some scratches or! ** May require shipping to be quoted due to size**

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Delta Queen Steamboat Company: American Queen Inaugural season poster 1995

American Queen was the largest river steamboat ever built when completed in 1995 … and holds that title still today. She went through several owners and was retired in 2008 … but came back into service in 2011 under contract to the newly formed American Queen Steamboat Company. Let’s all hope she remains successful and we can continue to cruise the inland rivers (primarily Ohio and Mississippi). There are some wrinkled edges and border blemishes (one small tear)… this poster came from Frank Braynard’s collection. Would looks stunning framed .. If river lore is your thing … this poster is for you! Will ship rolled in a tube.

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NGL: Di Bremen Kehrt Heim booklet

Wonderful little booklet about the Bremen and her elusive dash out of NYC and homeward at the onset of WW2. She was painted grey at sea … and made it home to Bremerhaven via Murmansk. Great little German paperback …. Must have been important propaganda to publish this … paper and other materials sure would have been in short supply in Germany in WW2. The poor was Bremen burned out by the end of the war. Pretty rare little booklet… and neat photos! There is a tiny tear on the back cover does not detract in anyway.

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NGL: Bremen 1923 deckplan.

Germany was depleted of almost all of their shipping tonnage after WW1 … but NGL was able to get the Bremen back into service. A neat little ship … her name would eventually be reused with the sparkling and amazing Bremen of 1929 (and then the Bremen (rebuilt Pasteur) of 1959. The plan certainly has browned, has some cello tape repair and a waterpoton a fold line … but Kind of rare to find something for one of the few members of the Post WW1 German fleet!

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Cunard Line: Mauretania 2 last voyage Press Photo.

Poetic Photo of the Mauretania 2 on her way to the breakers. The Firth of Forth bridge (IK Brunell’s masterpiece) is in the background. What a sad day for any ship … but she had a good life and stayed working for Cunard for all her years afloat. Great Photo and AP caption.

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HAL: Rotterdam booklet by Miller and Corrieia

Lovely booklet that sums up the life of the Rotterdam. These seem to be fairly hard to find … as are others in this booklet series. I still get goose bumps when I see the Ritz Carleton and Ambassador rooms …. Truly masterpieces of 50’s Dutch design!

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HAL: Nieuw Amsterdam Advert sign

Totally pristine and gorgeous hanging sign for the NA … you would think this was brand new! HAL used a lot of these types of “enameled” signs (as did other Lines) … I have seen them for most ships of in the 50’s. Stamped made in Belgium.

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Matson Line: “prewar” brochure and 1941 rate/ sailing schedule.

Just about the best interwar brochure Matson did  …covers the Lurline, Matsonia, Monterey and Mariposa . Half of the pages have lavish large interior pics (some of the best interior pictures of these ships I have ever seen)… and the remaining pages talk about each destination (like Australia and New Zeeland). Also includes is a rate brochure for 1941 and a page of notes form a voyage. Good condition with a few cover blemishes.

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Home Lines: Historic ship souvenir plates

A popular souvenir in the 70’s and 80’s were these plates showing “early” sailing ships and different boat types. These would have been great items to purchase to remember your cruise on the like’s of the Home Lines Oceanic or Atlantic. Great shape!

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Furness Bermuda lines: Moran Towing poster showing the QOB.

A nice Moran towing advertisement poster of the QOB being escorted by a powerful Moran tug. This poster came from FOB’s overwhelming collection of memorabilia that touched ever corner of the maritime world … and certainly an Advert he would have commissioned during his tenure at Moran. This will come rolled and shipped in a tube.

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Delta Line: Playing cards.

Lovely almost pristine pack of Playing cards for the delta line. These ships plied the Caribbean … their major competitor being grace line ships. Loved their “sharp” post-war design.

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Matson Line: Captains invite card

Nice little invite card for cocktails poolside from Captain Stein of the Monterey. This is pristine … looks like it was just signed by the captain himself yesterday.

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Green Line: Gordon C Greene Mardi Gras folder

A lovely fold brochure for the 21 day to Mardi Gras cruise of the Gordon C Greene arriving in New Orleans in March 1941. Named after the founder of the Greene Line … she would be joined after WW2 by her most famous and beloved fleet mate, the Delta Queen. Great little brochure in wonderful shape.

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Shipping Wonders part 27 (Approx. August 1936):

This is such a great little trade publication done in the 1930’s for the shipping industry. There is a lovely Empress of Britain night time photo of the ship all lighted up by floodlights, a great Great Eastern article as well as an overview article on French shipping (Normandie is pictured twice… as well as the Chella and Marechal Joffre).

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French Line: Flandre souvenir medal:

A favored souvenir item for all French lines ships were these commemorative medallions… the onboard gift shops were loaded with them! The casting details on this one is just marvelous, one side is the liner Flandre in profile, the other side is “Flandre” as a personified female figure. This one is in great shape … just no longer has the round “pillbox” container it would have come in when purchased. Just found this one in a drawer this past week.

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Matson Line: SS Monterey/Mariposa Room plan.

Lovely little room/ deck plan for the last Matson passenger sisters.  Love the little “Hawaiian” details in the room pictures …from the Theater tiki Lights to the fresh Amaryllis flowers in the cabin vases. These would have been darling little ships to travel on!

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