A commemoration…

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April 15, 2017 - Being a shipgeek and lover of the liners of yore, I've made enough online acquaintances with fellow travelers so that today's Facebook and Twitter feeds are awash with the annual explosion of Titanic tributes. I believe those of us with even the mildest case of OLOCD (Ocean Liner Obsessive Compulsive Order) go through this phase at some point in the adolescence...

My first love…

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August 19, 2016 - When I was in third grade, I fell in love. I'd never seen anything like her until there she was on our tiny black-and-white television screen. When I first met her, she went by the name of Claridon in a movie called The Last Voyage. It wouldn't be until I got a little older that I realized she was really the beloved and fabled French Line's Ile de France. A li...

Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938

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August 6, 2016 - Holland-America Line's gorgeous Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938 is easily in my top five favorite liners both for her exterior profile and her fabulous art deco interiors. Take a brief tour via vintage photos and illustrations and hopefully you'll understand why. Personally, I prefer a crossing de luxe, but would definitely have spent some time in the Tourist Class bar...

Fair winds and following seas to the Andrea Doria, 1953-1956

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July 25, 2106 - A sad day in ocean liner history, as it is the 60th anniversary of the Stockholm colliding with the Italian Lines elegantly beautiful Andrea Doria. The result was that the Doria capsized and sank some 11 hours later, with the loss of 46 souls. Rescue operations resulted in the survival of 1660 passengers and crew. While not quite making my top ten, she is still ...

Change is inevitable!

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July 23, 2016 - Seeking to share the fun of OLOCD (Ocean Liner Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), I started ShipGeek.com way back in 2002. Back then, most similarly afflicted people called themselves "ship nerds" or "liner loonies," but I've always preferred "Ship Geek." The site was first built using one of Yahoo's clunky but free online design programs. I never liked the look,...