The airship R100
Jim Kalafus contributed 48 entries.
Entries by Jim Kalafus
Gallery of images of the Graf Zepellin
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
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 North Atlantic run. She was born into a world of afternoon teas and Jazz modified for the Palm Court, […]
The Loss of the City of Waco, November, 1875.
The dual tragedies of the Pacific and the City of Waco
The General Slocum has been part of my life for as far back as I can remember.
This short 16mm film, shot sometime before 1958 records a journey across the Caribbean, taking in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Jamaica and the Panama Canal. There are views of other liners including the Mauretania 2 and some somewhat smaller craft.
If the Nieuw Amsterdam can be considered Holland-America Line’s most fortunate vessel, then her pre-war running mate, the Statendam of 1929, is in the running for the title of least.
The worst wreck, in terms of verifiable fatalities, on the North American west coast.
A cruise from Cuba and along the East Coast in the 1920s taking in an excursion to Kensico Dam. The SS Paris film is by the same group. For more about the Siboney and Orizaba see the article: The Morro Castle, the Mohawk and the End of the Ward Line.
A cruise along the East Coast c.1932. This 16mm film is by the same photographer as the film of the Siboney or Orizaba.
What follows is the most complete listing of Morro Castle victims we have been able to assemble. Those who were never found are listed in Italic. There are more than the official 134 names on this list, because in many cases passengers and crew identified as survivors on the published lists were actually lost; people […]
AN EARLIER MOHAWK DISASTER
Jim Kalafus concludes his account of the Morro Castle disaster and how it led to the rapid demise of the Ward Line.
Jim Kalafus continues the tragic story of the Morro Castle.
Part two of Jim Kalafus’s epic history of the Morro Castle disaster.
It has been almost 72 years since the Morro Castle, gutted, afire, and carrying the bodies of at least six luckless passengers and crew members was driven ashore, with visual impact worthy of a Hollywood production, just to the north of the new Convention Center at Asbury Park, New Jersey.
“I did go back to boats, and I’m not scared of the water even though I still don’t know how to swim.” George Watremez, Morro Castle survivor, smiles slightly and continues; “To tell you the truth, I don’t think about it often….”
“…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, suggests a possible source of income to the latter, supplementing that from his own slender estate […]
The second part of Lest We Forget, the human side of the Lusitania disaster.
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 of a pair of outstandingly beautiful record breakers, and after her death she […]