For only a hundred thousand annual passengers shipping companies would create floating palaces that rivaled the best hotels in comfort and amenities.
First class and third class, millionaires and immigrants, lives that were worlds apart on land, but would, for a brief time, almost touch aboard the North Atlantic liners.
(Photo Credit: Pat Dacey) Thursday September 28, 2017 – PM CHRISTENING OF THE M. Fred Rodriguez notified some of his friends that he’d just gone digital, he received a call from the head office of the Holland America Line in Seattle.
They asked him if he would like to be one of four American HAL photographers to cover the EURODAM’s upcoming christening.
Following a ship tour, those attending enjoyed a 3-course luncheon with wine in the Da Vinci Dining Room and then had further time to explore the ship.
(Photo credit: Mario De Stefano) Friday October 27, 2017 – PM "FABULOUS AT FIFTY" QUEEN MARY IN LONG BEACH Presented by Pat Dacey Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan On October 31, 1967, the QUEEN MARY left Southampton for the final time on her “Last Great Cruise” arriving in Long Beach on December 9, 1967.
In order to efficiently move millions across multiple borders and to ensure their entry into the United States in the face of increasingly stricter immigration laws, shipping companies created a sophisticated transit system that reached deep into Europe and across the US.
While travel conditions for immigrants improved each passing year, construction of superliners such as Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania, Olympic, Titanic, Imperator, and Vaterland was not entirely for their benefit.
In his program, Pat Dacey looked at many of these operators and their various plans to upgrade, renovate and restore the great ship.Following the program, Ted’s new book "Ocean Liner Sunset" was available for sale along with the first two of the trilogy: "Ocean Liner Odyssey" and "Ocean Liner Twilight." Saturday, November 4, 2017 PONY Branch Luncheon on the CROWN PRINCESS Brooklyn Cruise Terminal On Saturday, November 4, 2017, 73 PONY Branch members and guests enjoyed a visit on board Princess Cruises' 2006-built CROWN PRINCESS.The 113,000 GT, 3,080-passenger Grand-class cruise ship was docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for a port call during a repositioning cruise from Quebec to Florida.Regency Cruises was a major operator of second-hand ships until it declared bankruptcy.On this journey, we followed the REGENT SEA, converted from Swedish Americas Line’s GRIPSHOLM of 1957, on a cruise to the Mayan ruins of Belize, Honduras, and Belize.Millions of passengers were on the move, corporations spanned the globe, and ship lines competed to build the world’s largest moving objects, North Atlantic superliners.William Roka, the South Street Seaport Museum’s historian and public programs manager, and curator of the Seaport’s most recent exhibition Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, led us on a tour of this extraordinary period in the history of travel.Friday, February 23, 2018 - PM TRANS-ATLANTIC 1958 Presented by Bill Miller Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan Trans-Atlantic liner travel was still booming in 1958.More passengers were sailing to and from Europe than ever.Saturday, December 9, 2017 – PM to PM 2017 PONY BRANCH HOLIDAY PARTY Arte Cafe, 106 West 73rd Street, Manhattan On Saturday December 9, 2017, members and guests braved a cold and snowy day to enjoy food, drinks and the camaraderie of fellow ship enthusiasts at the annual PONY Branch Holiday Party, held once again this year at the Arte Cafe on Manhattan's Upper West Side.In honor of the 50th Anniversary of her final voyage, the entertainment included a documentary video on the history of the RMS QUEEN MARY.