S.S. Philadelphia

Lusitania / Mauretania

Imperator

Berengaria

Aquitania

Transylvania

Majestic

Aurania

Samaria

Veendam

Lurline

Queen Mary

New Amsterdam

Mauretania

Carinthia

Ivernia

 

 

Yes, it's another site that duplicates a dozen more like it, but tries to eke out some distinctive approach that sets it apart. Here's my angle: the pictures aren't small and the site itself doesn't look like something from Geocities in 1998. I think that's my niche.

If you're coming here for authoritative stories combined with old-salt savvy, sorry; while I love ships and the history of the various lines, there are other sites devoted to the particulars, like tonnage and draft. I'm interested in the promotional art of the postcards, the beautiful renderings of these vessels, the way they capture everything about a sea voyage except . . . well, except the sea voyage itself.

The view above, for example, is one of the things you would never see on a transatlantic crossing, except perhaps if you're on the dock swearing because you missed the ship. Everything about a crossing or a cruise concerns the interior of the ship, because that's where you spend all your time. If you're seeing the ship from a distance, you may have fallen off.

But who cares. The ships look great, full of romance and drama, even though you know that by the end of their lives they were tired and creaky and threadbare in spots. The number of ships in this collection that sunk is quite remarkable - and wherever possible, I'll include some details gleaned from elementary googling.

Let's cast off, as they say.