Since childhood, I’ve collected pictures of ships. Mostly postcards, these portraits were easily affordable and portable during travels. The collection started with the passenger liners on which my grandparents sailed, and then continued with whatever seemed relevant to the family or historically noteworthy. The result is an eclectic assortment, a little of this and a little of that, with a little from here and a little from there.
Each image has its own story, and in several instances, its own connection to our family. With no further ado, then, let me present a dozen or so of what I think are the best and most interesting photographs:
|Twice my grandparents sailed aboard the Cristoforo Colombo of the Italian Line in the late 1950s. They mailed this portrait of the ship home from Italy following a voyage from New York to Napoli in October of 1959.|
Since my childhood, then, ships have been important means of transportation as well as the centerpieces at family gatherings on many occasions. From the bon voyage celebrations at the West Side piers to the wedding aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam and numerous voyages in between, these vessels have have served us very well. Now, even though most of these ships are long gone, they live on in the photographic arts and in the family archives, and they bring back many happy memories. The family and the ships thus form a dual blessing, and we are expected to “receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a thankful heart” (D&C 62:7). In looking back on these happy times aboard these great ships, how could anyone not feel thankful?