The Golden Age of Luxury Liners

This exhibition is now closed.

This exhibition features items from the Herbert M. Beazley Ocean Liner Ephemera Collection.

Curated by Alexandra McKay, a current CNU student and Mariners’ Library intern.

In 2011 and 2012, The Mariners’ Museum Library acquired the Herbert M. Beazley Ocean Liner Ephemera Collection from Norma Beazley in memory of her late husband. Consisting of over 20,000 archival items, the collection contains menus, postcards, programs, letters, photographs, cabin plans, passenger lists, brochures and more from the years 1880-2010. The collection spans not only the golden age of the passenger liner, but also the industry’s transition into the age of transoceanic airplane travel.

Represented within the Beazley Collection are famous steamship companies, such as Cunard, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (the French Line) and the Hamburg American Line. Lesser known steamship lines and the ships that sailed for them are also represented in the collection.