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  1. Hopefully someone can help me date these playing cards. They’re for Royal Caribbean, but I can’t find any to match online. I have the normal red and blue deck, but never seen these ones. I know they’re vintage but unsure what era they’re from. Hopefully can get a date for them. It’s a double deck of playing cards. Box is open but both decks still cellophane wrapped.
  2. Any new updates on the SS United States? Also curious to your thoughts on these interesting crew and shipboard used items from the liner, including the letters to the chief purser.
  3. I always buy a souvenir spoon from the ship’s gift shop on board, I’ve gotten a lot from thrift stores too or found some on the islands when lucky enough to find an antique shop at the islands, or spoons given to me by my parents and friends, I have around 260 I think ship spoons in my personal collection now. These are my spoon racks in the photos. Many of the lines for these spoons are for no longer exist and have disappeared from the ship scene. *Not all the spoons are on racks as the handles are to thick to fit on the racks as you’ll see *Lines: Cunard, Canadian Pacific, P&O, Anchor Donaldson, Shaw Savil, NYK, Chandris, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Celebrity, Hamburg America Line, Sally Cruises, Townsend Thoreson, Princess, Greek Line, Carnival, Orient Line, Holland America, Sun Cruises, Regency
  4. I got these *Big U* crew items a little while back and thought might find them interesting to see. There are signs from on board the liner for the dining room, luggage, signs about clocks and clean linen. Note pads from Engineering and Repair area, a letter to the Chief Purser, a sheet from the cleaning staff for cleaning the cabins and staterooms, and crew overtime report forms. Please enjoy the crew item photos as the items are in my personal collection now.
  5. Here are some nice souvenirs in my collection including a red fabric mystery item as I haven’t ever been able to identify what it is, interior postcards, postcard with the commodore, a Normandie tootsie toy still with it’s original paint on it, a postcard booklet, a reproduction of the gift clock *the original was given only to first class passengers if I’m right? it’s the last photo *the red item* which I’m not sure what it is, it’s all cloth, red on one side, cream on the other side, only the red side has the illustration on it though. *Please note the very fancy tile work in the galley where the meals were made, very ornate for a galley floor
  6. Thank you for fixing the ship mix, the shop I bought the tie clip from had it listed as the Caronia, but as I look through my postcards, she looks more like the liners you mentioned, I also have postcards for the Franconia, but one with an all white hull. I do have in the green hull too. Green hull top photo, white hull bottom photo. Thank you again for clearing it up for me.
  7. I thought might like to see a couple of my Caronia items. A spoon from 1918 for the earlier Caronia, a nice tie clip from the later one known as *The Green Goddess*, a nice postcard for *The Green Goddess*, the postcard is unique as it’s not one you can write on on the back as you’ll see in the photo as it shows part of the fleet
  8. I don’t have too many souvenirs for this ship, but I do have items when she sailed for Cunard and Sitmar. Souvenir Bell, Spoon, Menus, Record Album.
  9. I have a couple of souvenirs from the Seaward, a nice spoon showing the older logo and a shot glass.
  10. Some of my nice Home Line souvenirs including a cookbook, record album from 1959 from the Homeric, menu from a 1988 Homeric cruise, melamine trays, menus from the Oceanic in 1971, and 2 postcards.
  11. Some nice menus from the Nieuw Amsterdam including an *error* menu which I’ll post information about lol. And a nice scarf. *Error Menu Information Arrow is pointing to the indentation of the embossed front cover, but as you can see when the menu is opened it is all upside down. The menu is also on the back of the front cover where the name of the ship and date should be, and that part is upside down inside the back cover where the menu should be. I’m unsure how many of these *error menus* are still around, unless others have it too if they had been on that cruise. The date for the error menu is Tuesday, November 3, 1970.
  12. My 3 Rotterdam postcards. Top: 1908-1940 (postcard used and dated Feb 2, 1914) Middle: 1959-1997 Bottom: 1997-2020
  13. I thought might find this Gripsholm postcard interesting as it’s for the older Gripsholm before her name changed to Berlin for Norddeutscher Lloyd, but they hadn’t changed the name yet and still shows as Gripsholm on the bow of the ship and on the back but under the Norddeutscher Lloyd name. Ship Name History: Gripsholm: 1925-1954 Berlin: 1954-1966 Scrapped: 1966
  14. I have this nice Soviet Era cruise ship pin collection: These are the ship names. 1 Admiral Nakhimov2 The Ship "Ukraine"3 The Ship "Georgia"4 Byelorussia5 Azerbaijan6 Taras Shevchenko7 "Ivan Franko"8 Russia (above)/Dnipro (below)9 Ship "Latvia"10 Rustaveli11 Dnipro12 "Colchis"13 Uzbekistan14 Abkhazia15 Baltiкa16 Riverflot Ukraine 17 Mikhail Kalinin 18 AdjaraAgain the name "Ukraine"(3 times), Admiral Nakhimov and Ivan Franko.
  15. I have a postcard for the Gruziya with the Black Sea Shipping Company in my collection. Sent to scrappers in 2022 Ship History: 1975–1995: Gruziya 1995–1999: Odessa Sky 1999: Club 1 1999–2009: Van Gogh 2009–2022: Salamis Filoxenia 2022: Phoenix Titan 2022: Titan
  16. Sadly not really, there’s a couple on EBay and Etsy for less than $30 and a couple selling for around $10 plus shipping. Plus I wouldn’t want to sell as in my personal collection. There’s one person selling 2 bottles on EBay for $22.79 plus shipping.
  17. I forgot to mention that the bottle of schnapps for the Bremen is from between 1929-1939. That makes this small Norddeutscher bottle between 84-94 years old now as of 2023.
  18. I have a couple of nice souvenirs from the Starward. I have a nie souvenir spoon and a circle deck of playing cards still in the original holder. I've never seen circle shaped ones before until I got these. Also have a glass souvenir tray with the fleet names on it. Have a nice souvenir bell too from the Starward.
  19. I have some nice souvenirs from Epirotiki: 2 Heavy glass ashtrays Postcards: Oceanos (sank during cruise), Atlas (formerly the HAL Ryndam 1951-1972, Pallas Athena (which would catch fire), Argonaut, World Renaissance 1 Souvenir scarf 1 Tote Bag (not a typical looking tote bag) Enjoy the photos of my souvenirs
  20. Sad to think these items are probably some of the last items from that liner, unless passengers from that fateful cruise kept some items with them during the rescue, I wonder if any did?
  21. I thought might find these items interesting as they’re from the Andrea Doria and please take note of the dates on them as one is dated only 13 days before the liner would go to the bottom of the ocean as one has the dates July 11-13, 1956 and the ship was hit on July 25 and sank July 26, 1956. I have stationary, envelopes, a Marconi wireless, bar napkin and weather sheets. Hard to believe only 12 days later she’d be hit and be in the news. The items cover from July 5-13, 1956. The square item with the folds is the cocktail napkin.
  22. I have a postcard of her as the French Line's Flandre
  23. Info and history on this ship: Hope that helps. I have a postcard and playing cards for the line showing her. I also have a postcard as the Lakonia. So she started with the Nederland Line, then chartered to Holland America, then went back to the Nederland Line, then sold to the Greek Line The 19,787 grt, 609.2-ft steamship Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was built in 1929 by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam for the Nederland Line. She had accommodation for 338-1st, 281-2nd and 64-3rd class passengers. The ship was chartered to Holland America Line in the summer 1939 and from 1940 - 1945 she was used as an Allied troopship. After the war she returned to the Nederland Line and refitted as a one class vessel. In 1958-59 she was rebuilt at Amsterdam to 20,314 tons and the result was an increase of accommodations to 1,210 one-class passengers. In March 1963 she was sold to the Greek Line and renamed Lakonia and offered a popular service from Southampton to the Canary Islands. She departed on her first voyage as Lakonia on April 24, 1963. On December 19th, she departed Southampton carrying 646 passengers and 376 crewmen on board for an 11 day Christmas Cruise of the Canary Islands; on the night of the 22nd. the southbound Lakonia met with disaster. At around 11:00 p.m., 200 miles NNE of Madeira, a steward noticed thick smoke seeping under the door of the ship's hairdressing salon. Upon opening the door, he found the room completely ablaze, and the fire rushed into the hallway. An attempt to fight the flames with fire extinguishers proved to be futile; the flames spreading too fast to be contained and soon had over taken the ship. A total of 128 people died in the Lakonia disaster, of which 95 were passengers and 33 were crew members. 53 people were killed in the actual fire. The rest died from exposure, drowning and injuries sustained while diving overboard. The hulk was taken in tow but she sank on December 29, 1963, 250 miles SW of Gibraltar.
  24. The tea cup and saucer were from the gift shop on board
  25. I have some nice vintage glasses for various cruise ships and lines such as: 1. Costa Riviera (2 different versions) 2. Regal Empress 3. SS Norway 4. Sunward II 5. MV Tropicana 6. 2 Royal Caribbean (both show the fleet names showing only 5 names: sun viking, nordic prince, song of norway, song of america and sovereign of the seas) 7. SeaEscape 8. Cunard (2 ships named on this one Cunard Princess & Cunard Countess) 9. SS Meridian 10. Carnival (Looks like a whiskey glass) 11. Carnival Hurricane Glass 12. Princess Roly Poly Glasses 13. Ove Skou sherry glasses from 1950 14. Festival Cruises 15. Crown Cruise Line 16. BC Ferries Queen Of Esquilmalt tea cup and saucer Not all but here are some photos to enjoy
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