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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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**
Cute little calculator to help with the time changes as you were crossing into different time zones on your voyage abroad. Cute as a glass button … and in great shape … completely and utterly still usable!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Cute little invite card to join Captain Switzer in the Independence Lounge for cocktails. I wonder if Dr.amd Mrs Urbanwez went? I’m sure the champagne was free flowing!
Perfect heavy glass ashtray for the Matson lines … these would not roll around too much during high seas. The BIG Matson white hulled passenger liners were popular in the late 20’s through the 60’s. This is probably early 60’s mentions 4 ships Lurline, Mariposa, Matsonia and Monterey. Today, Matson lines concentrates on just container cargos and has no passenger operations. Mint: no chips or cracks!
Can’t beat this floaty mechanical pencil for the Monterey … the little ship just bubbles up and down as you write. She and her sister were the last passenger liners for Matson … who to this day only concentrates on cargo. You’ll need to buy some lead! Stamped SS Monterey!
Cute little souvenir napkin ring for the RSL Lapland. The Lapland was one of the work horses steamers that RSL schedule out of Antwerp (and eventually Liverpool) on regular voyages. Very intersting that this ring says Americian Line … certainly also part of the IMM … the Lapland must have been under charter the the AL at some point. I believe it was the Lapland that took Douglas Fairbanks and new bride Mary Pickford on part of their honeymoon journey. Nice enameled crest and I’m pretty sure the silver will polish up nicely.
Darling little china creamer/sauceboat for a Puerto Rico line steamer . You do not see much for the Puerto Rico Line … and usually just tableware china … it’s great to see a tiny little serving piece. Great condition… no chips or cracks … there is a flaw in the glaze on the front side. Stamped Buffalo China.
A heavy bronze medal celebrating 25 years of Polish ship building 1952-1977. Great images on both sides … all it needs is a good rub a dub polish!
If you owned a travel agency and sold a lot of cruises or vacation destinations … you typically would be honored with some sort of plaque/ trophy for your efforts ( … maybe at times even a free cruise or trip). This is a huge heavy plaque for Sitmar Cruises. The brass Fairstar silhouette is HEAVY and solid and I believe the wooden plaque it is mounted to it Teak. Really interesting Travel agency item.
*** Very heavy item … shipping calculator may not be accurate, I will have to quote/ confirm shipping***
Nice little library book called “A Vaca Proibida” by Lima Edy. The Navarino was the incarnation of SAL Gripsholm’s in her second life. She kept many of the same travel patterns and did lots of cruising. Nice little library book saved by a friend of mine when she was laid up in Tampa.
It was a very special occasion with momentous celebration when the Norway visits Le Havre in 1996… this was her first time in her old home port since 1979. The French never wanted to give her up in the first place… but the Norwegians certainly gave her a long extended life as the Norway. … and always used the prestige of her storied past in their brochures. This is an original panoramic photo…artist signed.
Nice little US Steel publication … mostly about different aspects of the Isthmian fleet that carried cargo all over the work. Excellent Fred Hoertz painting of the “Steel Traveler” on the front cover and Horetz painting of the fleet on the rear cover.
Cute little deckplan … for the puggy little Silverstar. She started life in the Military … and after WW2 was converted into a little cruise ship operating off the east coast of the US. She was pretty utilitarian and somewhat successful in her own way. A note tells us Mom stayed in cabin 42. The Silverstar was such an odd duck…You do not see much for her.
Beau Voyage by JM Brinnin : Awesome photographic record of North Atlantic Liners from Brinnin in the mid 1970’s. From the images of the QM’s anchor chains laid out and ready for installation on page 20 , to the riveting photograph of passengers descending the staircase of the Ile de France into the post war dining room ( note the light fixtures reflected in the mirror )… the B/W images in this book do not disappoint … and quite a few are fairly uncommon in publication. The text is pretty engaging too. Great shape with a few minor tears to the dust jacket. 271 pages