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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.
They asked him if he would like to be one of four American HAL photographers to cover the EURODAM’s upcoming christening.
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.
Ships built to serve colonial empires slowly disappeared as one possession after another declared independence.