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The Axe Falls On 107 Years Of Service: ST. MARY’S CHALLENGER

The Axe Falls On 107 Years Of Service: ST. MARY’S CHALLENGER

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Last Sunday, November 11, 2013, saw the final sailing of the ST MARY’S CHALLENGER (ex WILLIAM P. SNYDER, ELTON HOYT II, ALEX D. CHISHOLM, MEDUSA CHALLENGER, SOUTHDOWN CHALLENGER). According to Richard Weiss, who sent me these pictures of her (taken in 1999), along with the details in this article, the self-unloading cement…

CITY OF ADELAIDE Formally Renamed

CITY OF ADELAIDE Formally Renamed

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On Friday, 18 October 2013, the world’s oldest clipper ship CITY OF ADELAIDE will be officially renamed at a ceremony presided over by His Royal Highness, The Duke of  Edinburgh at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. The event will bring CITY OF ADELAIDE close to the historic clipper CUTTY SARK on the…

Clipper CITY OF ADELAIDE To Return To Her Namesake Port

Clipper CITY OF ADELAIDE To Return To Her Namesake Port

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The world’s oldest clipper and the only surviving purpose-built sailing ship to bring migrants from Europe to Australia is being readied in Scotland for her voyage back to Adelaide. The 1864-built CITY OF ADELAIDE has been saved from destruction. When I last wrote about this ship in MaritimeMatters it was August…

SAPPHIRE Retro-Decked! Part One — Remembering Louis Cruises’ MV SAPPHIRE (ex ITALIA, etc.)

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Often referred to as a miniature OCEANIC, the ITALIA was the last ship designed by the brilliant Gustavo Pulitzer-Finale and helped firmly establish Princess Cruises as a leading force in the cruise industry.  She went on to enjoy many other successful careers, ending her days with Cyprus-based Louis Cruises as…

From The Great Lakes To The Baltic Sea: The BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) At 70

From The Great Lakes To The Baltic Sea: The BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) At 70

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From the Great Lakes to the Baltic Sea: the BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) at 70 by Kalle Id   On 14 May 2013, the small Finnish coastal cruise ship BRAHE begun her summer cruise season out of Helsinki. Built in Chicago as a patrol vessel in 1943, little…

S.S. UNITED STATES, The Turkish Years 1992 – 1996: What Might Have Been

S.S. UNITED STATES,  The Turkish Years 1992 – 1996:  What Might Have Been

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S.S. UNITED STATES The Turkish Years 1992-1996: What Might Have Been By Shawn J. Dake A little known chapter in the history of America’s flagship the s.s. UNITED STATES is contained within those lost years the ship spent in Turkey and the Ukraine between her final two crossings of the…

MICHELANGELO And The Hurricane

MICHELANGELO And The Hurricane

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By Gordon R. Ghareeb The morning fog clung to the surface of lower New York Bay.  The sound of distant foghorns, seagulls cawing overhead, and buoy bells clanging in the damp air broke the silence.  Slowly standing upriver from the Verrazano Narrows came the great white liner.  As her apparition…

USS OLYMPIA: Fifteen Minute Tour

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Peter Knego makes a quick visit to the critically endangered cruiser, the USS OLYMPIA, the oldest surviving steel-hulled warship in the U.S. and the only remaining ship to have served in the Spanish-American War. Friends of the Cruiser OLYMPIA Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking…

Pacific Battlefleet Welcomes Returning CITY OF LOS ANGELES (90 Years Ago In LA)

Pacific Battlefleet Welcomes Returning CITY OF LOS ANGELES (90 Years Ago In LA)

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Extracts from Chapter Two: October 2, 1922 Hollywood to Honolulu: the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company (a book) by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox Marking the 90th anniversary of the start of the first regular passenger and freight service from Los Angeles – Honolulu, I have serialized some…

LASSCO Liners Salute At Sea (90 Years Ago)

LASSCO Liners Salute At Sea (90 Years Ago)

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Extracts from Chapter Two: September 25-30, 1922 Hollywood to Honolulu: the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company (a book) by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox Marking the 90th anniversary of the start of the first regular passenger and freight service from Los Angeles – Honolulu, I have serialized some…

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