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Morro Castle: Inferno at Sea

Jim Kalafus reviews Inferno at Sea : Stories of Death and Survival Aboard the Morro Castle Summer deck chair reading season is upon us, and the perfect book for a liner buff to take along for vacation reading has just been published. Coyle…

Costa Concordia Eyewitness Accounts

Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2012. Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia…

The Sinking of the Sea Diamond

The sinking of the Costa Concordia has drawn inevitable comparisons with both Titanic and other maritime disasters. In this verbatim interview by Michael Poirier, a young survivor of the April 2007 Sea Diamond sinking, Zak Hayes, recalls the…

Morro Castle : The Forgotten Voices

One night out from Havana. Aboard the Morro Castle, passengers gather in the Deck Ballroom for a costume party. In less than four days time, the liner will be destroyed and 128 will be dead. In four hours it would all be over. The…

Recalling the USS Indianapolis

I was in the water, I was swimming away from the ship in the dark... I heard the loudest, worst noise I'd ever heard Interview by Jim Kalafus Cleatus Lebow smiles easily. He is a friendly man, soft spoken, with a pleasant Texas inflection,…
At sea

The Cap Arcona

Perhaps the loveliest of the “forgotten” liners is Hamburg-Sudamerikanische’s Cap Arcona. She was conceived and built in the mid-1920s for service between Northern Europe and Argentina, a route every bit as prestigious as the better remembered…

My God the boat is leaving us!

Lamport and Holt Line’s Vestris sailed from Hoboken, New Jersey, on the afternoon of  Saturday, November 10, 1928, bound for Barbados and South American ports. She carried 129 passengers in three classes, and a crew of 199. Sunday morning,…

Lest We Forget : Henry Sonneborn

“…he never spoke of the relationship in a negative way or acted like some family secret needed to be protected. ” Schwabacher seems to have possessed considerable property. The substantial provision made by his will for his friend, Sonneborn,…

Lest We Forget : Part 1

This May marks the 90th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s most notorious events; the sinking, by torpedo, of Cunard Line’s Lusitania off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1198 lives. While she lived, Lusitania was known as one…