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Ocean Liner Collection

"From Tragedy to Triumph: The Fascinating History of Ocean Liners" Ocean liners have long captivated our imaginations, with their grandeur and the stories they hold

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Sinking of the Titanic

Sinking of the Titanic
Titanics stern in the air as the ship sinks in the North Atlantic, 1912. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration from eyewitness reports

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: FIRST CLASS TICKET. First class ticket for the Titanic held by the Reverand Stuart Holden

TITANIC: FIRST CLASS TICKET. First class ticket for the Titanic held by the Reverand Stuart Holden, who never used the ticket because his wife became ill the day before the Titanic steamed off on its

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: MENU, 1912. Menu for third-class passengers on board the White Star liner Titanic

TITANIC: MENU, 1912. Menu for third-class passengers on board the White Star liner Titanic, 14 April 1912, on the voyage which would end later that day when the ship sank after colliding with an

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). Creator: Unknown

The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). Creator: Unknown
The Lutine Bell in the Underwriting Room at Lloyds of London, 1933, (1935). The SS L Atlantique was insured by Lloyds for almost £ 1, 000, 000

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: S.s Etruria, New York to Liverpool, November 8th to 15th 1890. Artist: Jack Lethbridge

S.s Etruria, New York to Liverpool, November 8th to 15th 1890. Artist: Jack Lethbridge
S.S Etruria, New York to Liverpool, November 8th to 15th 1890. RMS Etruria was a transatlantic ocean liner built by John Elder & Co of Glasgow

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India

EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India. View of Bombay, India from a British ship. British Empire Marketing Board poster, c1928

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen)

Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen)
2630113 Art Deco 1920s Illustration of a Cruise Ship with Passengers, 1928 (silkscreen) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. Creator: Unknown

Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. Creator: Unknown
Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. The British ocean liner SS Ivernia, launched in 1899, was owned by the Cunard Line and built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson of Newcastle upon Tyne

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Empress Of Canada

Empress Of Canada
17th July 1947: The Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Canada at Liverpool just before she departs on her first post-war voyage to Canada, the first vessel to resume service on this route

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Poster, c1953, for Europe-Canada Line, featuring ms Seven Seas

Poster, c1953, for Europe-Canada Line, featuring ms Seven Seas
TRAVEL POSTER, c1953. Poster, c1953, for Europe-Canada Line, featuring ms Seven Seas

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Great Eastern laying transatlantic telegraph cable

Great Eastern laying transatlantic telegraph cable
Steamship " Great Eastern" attempting to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The Empress of England at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool. 18th April 1957

The Empress of England at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool. 18th April 1957

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: English poster, c1930, for LMS Express and Cunard Line, rail and ocean travel

English poster, c1930, for LMS Express and Cunard Line, rail and ocean travel
LMS EXPRESS/CUNARD POSTER. English poster, c1930, for LMS Express and Cunard Line, rail and ocean travel

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 1911

Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 1911
Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 20th September 1911. The collision took place as Olympic

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Cunard ocean liners, 1920s. Creator: Unknown

Cunard ocean liners, 1920s. Creator: Unknown
Cunard ocean liners, 1920s. Fastest Ocean Service in the World: R.M.S. " Mauretania", R.M.S. " Berengaria" & R.M.S

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Titanic - 2nd Class Dinner Menu, 1912

Titanic - 2nd Class Dinner Menu, 1912. A 2nd Class dinner menu from RMS Titanic dated April 14, 1912. This was the date that Titanic struck the iceburg that caused her to sink

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The passenger liner, SS Vulcania of the Italian Cosulich Line. January 1929

The passenger liner, SS Vulcania of the Italian Cosulich Line. January 1929

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The Blue Star liner, SS. Andalucia Star at Tilbury

The Blue Star liner, SS. Andalucia Star at Tilbury

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: IMMIGRANTS ON SHIP, 1887. Immigrants on the steerage deck of an ocean steamer passing the Statue

IMMIGRANTS ON SHIP, 1887. Immigrants on the steerage deck of an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Engraving, 1887

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: RE-CREATION, 1912. A Hollywood re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912

TITANIC: RE-CREATION, 1912. A Hollywood re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. No actual photograph of the event exists

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: SINKING, 1912. Contemporary sketches by a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic

TITANIC: SINKING, 1912. Contemporary sketches by a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, April 14-15, 1912
TITANIC: SINKING, 1912. Contemporary sketches by a survivor of the sinking of the " Titanic, " April 14-15, 1912

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: SOAP AD, 1912. The White Star liner Titanic used in an English newspaper advertisement

TITANIC: SOAP AD, 1912. The White Star liner Titanic used in an English newspaper advertisement for Vinolia Otto toilet soap shortly before the liner sank, April 1912, in the Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: THE CAPTAIN, 1912. Captain Edward John Smith

TITANIC: THE CAPTAIN, 1912. Captain Edward John Smith

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The 45, 000 ton liner Aquitania leaves Southampton dock on her final voyage

The 45, 000 ton liner Aquitania leaves Southampton dock on her final voyage, bound for her birthplace The Clyde to be broken up after 36 years service. 20th February 1950. RMS Aquitania

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: French Line steamship poster, 1930s

French Line steamship poster, 1930s
STEAMSHIP POSTER, 1930s. French Line steamship poster, 1930s

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: CONSTRUCTION, c1910. View of the Olympic (left) and Titanic under construction at

TITANIC: CONSTRUCTION, c1910. View of the Olympic (left) and Titanic under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyards, Belfast, Ireland. Photographed c1910

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: STEAMSHIP TRAVEL POSTER. English poster, 1932, for Southern Railway advertising the Dover-Calais

STEAMSHIP TRAVEL POSTER. English poster, 1932, for Southern Railway advertising the Dover-Calais crossing of the English channel

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Busy Seattle harbor, circa 1890

Busy Seattle harbor, circa 1890
Bird s-eye view of Seattle, Washington Territory, circa 1890. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: The stern of the S. S. 'Umbria'in dock, c. 1900 (b / w photo)

The stern of the S. S. "Umbria"in dock, c. 1900 (b / w photo)
5669160 The stern of the S.S. " Umbria" in dock, c.1900 (b/w photo) by Byron Company (fl.1890-1942); Museum of the City of New York, USA; eMuseum of the City of New York; American

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Sender of the S. O. S. Signal for Help, (April 20), 1912. Creator: Unknown

Sender of the S. O. S. Signal for Help, (April 20), 1912. Creator: Unknown
Sender of the " S. O. S." Signal for Help, (April 20), 1912. John George Phillips (nicknamed Jack, 1887-1912) was the ships senior wireless operator who tried to save the Titanic

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Cunard White Star liner Berengaria, approaching Cunard pier, 1936

Cunard White Star liner Berengaria, approaching Cunard pier, 1936
Approaching Her Berth. A striking photgraph of the Cunard White Star liner Berengaria (ex-Imperator, 52, 101 tons), assisted by tugs, coming into the Cunard pier, 1936

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: New York City Harbor

New York City Harbor
New York, New York: c. 1975 A Moran tugboat trails a cruise ship up the Hudson River towards the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: TITANIC: LIFE-BOATS, 1912. Uncrowded life-boats of the Titanic, 1912

TITANIC: LIFE-BOATS, 1912. Uncrowded life-boats of the Titanic, 1912
TITANIC: LIFE-BOATS, 1912. Uncrowded life-boats of the " Titanic, " 1912

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911

Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911. Shows men on the Lusitania welcoming Japanese admiral Togo Heihachiro to New York City

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Departure of FINLAND with Olympic candidates, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Departure of FINLAND with Olympic candidates, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Departure of FINLAND with Olympic candidates, 1912. Shows the Red Star Line ship Finland, which transported the US Olympic team to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Inner Skin of VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Inner Skin of VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Inner Skin of VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Section of Turbine for VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Section of Turbine for VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Section of Turbine for VATERLAND, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Captain Poncelet of SS France, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Captain Poncelet of SS France, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Captain Poncelet of SS France, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: IMPERATOR, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

IMPERATOR, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
IMPERATOR, between c1910 and c1915. Shows the S.S. Imperator being built, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Athletes on FINLAND, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Athletes on FINLAND, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Athletes on FINLAND, 1912. Shows the Red Star Line ship Finland, which transported the US Olympic team to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Olympic Athletes, 1912. Shows American Olympic athletes aboard the Red Star Line ship Finland, which transported the US Olympic team to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915

Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Drill, Holland America Line - life boats ready to launch, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Life boats launched, Holland America line, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: Kaiser leaving stand after christening of 'Imperator', 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "Imperator", 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "Imperator", 1912. Shows the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany christening the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line, May 23, 1912

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: FRANCE, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

FRANCE, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
FRANCE, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: LUSITANIA, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

LUSITANIA, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
LUSITANIA, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: On MARTHA WASHINGTON going to Balkan War, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

On MARTHA WASHINGTON going to Balkan War, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
On MARTHA WASHINGTON going to Balkan War, 1912. Taken when Greek immigrants left New York City to return to their country and fight in the first Balkan War, which began in October 1912

Background imageOcean Liner Collection: RMS Olympic, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

RMS Olympic, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
RMS Olympic, between c1910 and c1915



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"From Tragedy to Triumph: The Fascinating History of Ocean Liners" Ocean liners have long captivated our imaginations, with their grandeur and the stories they hold. One such tale is that of the sinking of the Titanic, a tragedy etched into history. Reverend Stuart Holden's first-class ticket for this ill-fated voyage serves as a haunting reminder of how fate can intervene. But not all ocean liner stories end in disaster. Take, for instance, the Empress of England at Gladstone Dock in Liverpool on April 18th, 1957. This majestic vessel stood tall, showcasing the resilience and beauty that these ships possess. Traveling back further in time to November 8th-15th, 1890, we find ourselves aboard the S. S Etruria on its journey from New York to Liverpool. A captivating artwork by Jack Lethbridge transports us to an era when ocean liners were symbols of progress and adventure. The Empress Of Canada also leaves an indelible mark on our collective memory. Its name evokes images of opulence and luxury as passengers embarked on unforgettable voyages across vast oceans. In the roaring twenties, art deco reigned supreme - even on cruise ships. An illustration from 1928 showcases a glamorous scene onboard a cruise ship filled with stylish passengers enjoying life's pleasures amidst sleek surroundings. Cunard Line has been synonymous with ocean travel excellence throughout history. The Ivernia off New Brighton circa 1910 exemplifies their commitment to providing exceptional experiences for travelers seeking new horizons. Posters from different eras transport us through time; one advertises Europe-Canada Line featuring ms Seven Seas circa 1953 while another promotes LMS Express and Cunard Line during the early thirties – both enticing viewers with promises of unforgettable journeys combining rail and sea travel. Yet it was not only leisure that drove innovation in ocean liner history.