Queen Mary’s Last Captain

John Treasure Jones, Queen Mary’s last captain (barring some type of unexpected major miracle), entered the world on 18 August…


Lost Ship Traditions

I’m old enough to remember many shipboard traditions that are no long observed on today’s oh-so-modern and cool vessels. Try…

Ocean Liners

Washington on the Waves

United States Lines’ Washington was launched on 20 August 1932 at the New York Shipbuilding Corp in Camden, New Jersey.…

Classic Cruising

1973: Cruise Ship Bomb Threat

On 11 July 1973, Pacific Far East Lines cruise ship Mariposa (1952), while docked in Los Angeles, received a marine…

Disasters at Sea

Majestic Spears a Schooner

On 30 July 1894, before sunrise and in dense fog off the Grand Banks, White Star Line’s Majestic (1890) sliced…

Liners at War

Royal Navy Ends Liner Rampage

The Atlantic rampage of the former Norddeutscher Lloyd liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse ended suddenly on 26 August 1914 when…