About Us

MaritimeMatters presented news and detailed history about passenger ships form 1998 – 2018, we then turned the site in to an archive with examples of the maritime content, and present a scaled back version of the site and the work of its maritime journalists while we chart a new course.

MaritimeMatters remains proud of some of the best maritime journalism and unique content in the nautical web.

MaritimeMatters was honoured to quoted in the New York Times, USAtoday, as well as visited by thousands of readers worldwide.

Founded and Published – Martin Cox
Co Editor – Peter Knego
Writers included: Martin Cox, Shawn J. Dake, Kalle Id, Peter Knego and the late Peter Newall.
Contributed Articles from: Michael Bennett, Jonathan Boonzaier, Gordon Ghareeb, Allan Jordan.
Information Architecture: Anh-Phuong, Ezra Pendleton.


"Southampton Docks 1930" by Don Stoltenberg
“Southampton Docks 1930” by Don Stoltenberg

MaritimeMatters was online since 1998 and was based in Los Angeles.


Martin Cox

Publisher MaritimeMatters

The Port of Southampton provided an early inspiration for maritime investigation. Currently, based in Los Angeles, Cox works as a photographer, writer and publisher of MaritimeMatters.

He founded MaritimeMatters.com in 1996 and launched the one page site. Initially articulated his fascination with maritime topics, specifically ocean liners that he witnessed and researched in Southampton. By 1999 he had been introduced to Peter Knego who was doing stellar work in the maritime history field. He invited Peter to contribute to the site, to elevate his writing to a wider audience. Cox and Knego traveled together exploring liners of the world while Cox began to expand MaritimeMatters as platform to research contemporary and vintage ships and aspects of maritime culture and technology.

Cox began a lengthy project, to write a comprehensive history of the then unheard of Los Angeles Steamship Company. The research took almost ten years. In 2009 the Steamship Historical Society of America published the book that Cox co-authored along with local maritime expert Gordon Ghareeb, filling an important gap in West Coast maritime history. The book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” (published by the Steamship Historical Society of America) covers a vital part of Los Angeles’s development, when the fledgling city ran its own shipping line to Hawaii, and on cruises and coastal voyages during the 1920s using former German transatlantic liners and other interesting vessels.

Cox served briefly as West Coast Editor for magazine Steamboat Bill, and as President of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Society.

More recently he focused on his photography career and his work was show in galleries and museums in the US and aboard,  he is represented by Fabrik Projects in Los Angeles. In 2018 he launched an artists residency in Iceland.

Peter Knego

Cruise Journalist and Historian


Photo by Rob Di Stefano 2010.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in 1973 when he was assigned to research the LUSITANIA for an American History course. In early 1974, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles, beginning with P&O’s SS ARCADIA, and continues to do so to this day.

While obtaining his degree in Theater Arts at UCLA, Peter took his first “serious” cruises, beginning in 1980 with American Hawaii’s newly-rechristened SS OCEANIC INDEPENDENCE. Every year thereafter, he made it a point to sail in an elderly passenger ship until the early 1990s, when he furthered his mission to seek out and document every “forgotten” liner left in the world.


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Peter Knego atop the funnel of the former MV AUGUSTUS at Alang in December of 2011. Photo by Kaushal Trivedi.

His travels include trips to all seven continents on board or in search of passenger ships and visits to Alang, India on eight different occasions (thus far) to witness the dismantling of many important liners. These excursions led to the purchase of a huge amount of fittings and art (much of it available at www.midshipcentury.com) from many beloved ships and the production of a series of video projects beginning with ON THE ROAD TO ALANG and the newly released THE SANDS OF ALANG. In the meantime, his THE WORLD’s PASSENGER FLEET series is up to nine volumes. For ordering and more information, please see the video page on MidShipCentury.


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Peter Knego aboard the newbuilding ROYAL PRINCESS at Monfalcone, Italy in April 2013. Photo by Matteo Martinuzzi.

Knego travels the world on a regular basis and has contributed countless photographs and articles to USA TODAY’s Cruise Log, TRAVEL AGE WEST, TRAVEL WEEKLY, OCEAN AND CRUISE NEWS, CRUISE TRAVEL and PORTHOLE magazines as well as U.K.-based SHIPS MONTHLY and SEA LINES.

Peter’s Oceanside, CA home is a virtual museum and gallery of precious MidCentury ocean liner fittings, art and furniture and his collection has been featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS and LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE.

He is frequently a guest “expert” on television and radio and has been quoted in many publications, ranging from THE NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY to a wide variety of maritime industry trades such as SEA TRADE INSIDER, TRADEWINDS and more.

Peter has lectured ashore and on board a number of cruise ships and ocean liners, including Holland America’s ROTTERDAM (1959), P&O’s CANBERRA and VICTORIA, NCL’s NORWAY, Premier Cruises’ REMBRANDT, Louis Cruises LOUIS MAJESTY, Voyages of Discovery’s DISCOVERY, Saga Holidays’ SAGA ROSE, Cruise and Maritime’s MARCO POLO and, of course, the original QUEEN MARY in Long Beach.

Here is a recent interview courtesy of Cruising Authority’s Barry Vaudrin, filmed on board NORWEGIAN EPIC in July 2010:

Peter Knego discusses his visit to Alang in 2010 and the NORWEGIAN EPIC.

As Contributing Editor to MaritimeMatters.com, a good deal of Knego’s work can be seen in text, video clips and photographs on the website.

Contact Peter at: 805-443-1255 (California)