Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 3

Jim Kalafus continues the tragic story of the Morro Castle.The Gang's All Here There were a large number of Doctors aboard the Morro Castle's final voyage. As a group, they did not fare well: Doctors Busquet, and Coll were lost 'though…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the end of the Ward Line : Part 2

Part two of Jim Kalafus's epic history of the Morro Castle disaster.Final Departure 1934 proved to be an uneventful year for the Morro Castle after the turbulent latter half of 1933. Cuba remained unstable, but through September the Morro…

Morro Castle, Mohawk and the End of the Ward Line : Part One

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.

Mohawk: Final Voyage Passenger and Crew List

Passenger and crew list for the Mohawk's final voyage.Compiled by Hildo ThielAnnotations and amendments by Mike Poirier and Jim Kalafus.Aronovitch Miss BellaNewark, New Jersey.UninjuredBarr Mr. Karl Westmont,…

George Watremez : Morro Castle Survivor

“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….”Mike…

Gerbault and the Firecrest

Having abandoned his profession as a civil engineer, Alain Gerbault sailed a 39-ft. yacht round the world. Though several times death all but claimed this fearless adventurer, he achieved an astonishing triumph.

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 2

The second part of Lest We Forget, the human side of the Lusitania disaster.AS THE LUSITANIA WENT DOWN. The sun was sparkling brightly upon the ocean foam, The Lusitania, speeding fast, was very nearly home.Then came the blow so…

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…

Two Year Articles and All That

Experiences of an able seamanOn signing up to join the Merchant Navy, my father advised me to always keep a record or diary of the ships I had joined and the countries I had visited. He had impressed on me the opportunity and value of what…

Peggy on a Skin Boat

Memories of a banana boat deckhandAt the age of fifteen back in 1953, I Joined the Red Funnel Steamship Co. serving on three of their paddle steamers, the Princess Elizabeth, Bournemouth Queen and Lord Elgin and then finally their flagship,…

Olympic Find at Pity Me

Move over Alnwick and Haltwhistle — another location in Northeast England holds artifacts from RMS Olympic, sister-ship of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. While many ocean-liner enthusiasts know about the Olympic fittings at the White Swan Hotel…

Queen Mary and Fat Rascals on Offer in Yorkshire

1930s Art Deco in a York tea shopTravelling to Long Beach, California to see the fabled ocean liner RMS Queen Mary is a long and expensive journey many Britons simply cannot afford to take. But it you want to see a faithful recreation…

RMS Olympic: Another Premature Death?

The ‘Olympic’ class suffered for the most part unfortunate deaths; of the three liners, only two remained in service for more than four days; only one remained in service for more than eleven months. Britannic’s sinking came a little less…

Mauretania History Comes Alive in Bristol

There is more for ocean liner enthusiasts in the English city of Bristol than simply visiting the S. S. Great Britain.The world's first great ocean liner, the Great Britain was built by the influential engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel at…

Swallowed in 14 Minutes

Story of the Empress of Ireland whose loss resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the Titanic disaster.