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Boston Globe: "‘Ocean Liners’ sails into Peabody Essex Museum"

Photo courtesy of Eva Heins

A very exciting exhibit is running at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through October 9th: it's called “Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style." The SS United States plays a starring role! Read what Mark Feeney wrote about the event in the Boston Globe:

"Some of the names belong to actual rulers of kingdoms or their consorts: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth 2. Other names bespeak great achievement. The Great Eastern laid the first trans-Atlantic cable. The SS United States still holds the record for fastest trans-Atlantic crossing: three days, 10 hours, 40 minutes, eastbound. Others have become bywords for disaster: Titanic, Lusitania, Normandie, Andrea Doria.

The PEM show includes such items as Marconigrams (early radio messages) detailing the sinking of the Titanic and an Andrea Doria decorative panel that washed up on a Nantucket beach. They bring a visitor up short. Is part of the romance of the ocean liner knowing that danger shadowed glamour?

The magic extends even to the names of firms that operated ocean liners. Cunard, White Star, Hamburg-American, Peninsular & Oriental (P&O), Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (the French Line): They partake of transportation poetry."


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