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.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – AM - PM OCEAN LINER BAZAAR 417 East 61st Street, New York City (between First and York Avenues) This year's Ocean Liner Bazaar featured ten enthusiastic dealers of ocean liner memorabilia who exhibited ship models, paintings, prints, posters, brochures, deck plans, china, silverware, ashtrays, pins, medallions and other items both popular and rare from passenger shipping lines past and present.
Friday, November 17, 2017 - PM OCEAN LINER SUNSET Presented by Ted Scull Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan For our November program, we joined former PONY Branch chairman Ted Scull on a half-dozen voyages aboard ships that represent the end of their type: passenger-container ship, Royal Mail Ship, colonial liner, liner converted to cruising, and a pair of Atlantic liners.
In 2016, Urban Commons, a real estate company assumed the lease of QUEEN MARY and announced plans to extensively renovate the QUEEN at a cost of 0 million dollars while at the same time taking action to stabilize her in response to a 2017 report on the ship’s structurally deteriorating condition.
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.
Historic Cunard was dismissive and quick to announce: “Flying is a fad – it will pass! After one crossing from Southampton in 1962, for example, the mighty QUEEN ELIZABETH steamed into New York harbor with only 125 passengers onboard being looked after by 1,200 crew. Bill Miller, who is writing a new book on the Atlantic liners in the Fifties and Sixties, took us on a grand "fleet review" of passenger ships in and around 1958.
” But within six months, by mid-1959, the airlines grabbed as much as two-thirds of all trans-Atlantic traffic. Friday, January 26, 2018 - PM SAILING IN TWO DIRECTIONS IN THE AGE OF THE TITANIC Presented by William Roka, Historian/Public Programs Manager at the South Street Seaport Museum Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan By the start of the 20th century, travel was big business.
Almost 50 years to the day of her final departure, PONY Branch members and guests enjoyed learning about her “encore” career in Long Beach, California as member Pat Dacey took us on a photographic journey of her 50 years as a tourist attraction, a movie and television plot and prop and a beloved icon for ocean liner enthusiasts.
Over her fifty-year career in Long Beach, QUEEN MARY has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accepted by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of their Historic Hotels of America, and has welcomed RMS QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN VICTORIA and QUEEN ELIZABETH to her new home.