Learn about Cruise Line Memorabilia

Mementoes of luxury cruises can give modern collectors a fascinating insight into the golden age of sea travel.

The development of the steam engine influenced ships even more than trains. It led to an explosion in ship building in the mid-19th century, when ships were mainly used for transporting mail. By the turn of the century large, often opulent, cruise liners were being built by vast shipping companies such as the Cunard Line and its competitor, the White Star Line, owned from 1902 by J. Pierpont Morgan’s International Mercantile Marine company. Ships included the Olympic, Titanic, Lusitania and Mauretania.

Another surge occurred after the 1920s and 1930s, when the Normandie, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were built. Used as hospitals during wartime, they played host to many of the wealthy and famous during peacetime.

The great ocean liners were matchless symbols of leisurely luxury. Their heyday was in the 1920s and 1930s, before World War II blighted international travel and before the increasing range, sophistication and affordability of air travel in the 1960s and 1970s virtually killed the passenger trade for ships. more...

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Royal Doulton small plate with coat arms NSW with two rare Royal Union Steamship Company plates (3) measure 13 cm diameter and 21.5 cm diameter

Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd oval serving plate A/F

Postcards of Orient Line S.S.Orford (that took 1934 team to UK) each signed on reverse by Ben Barnett (5), plus c1905 postcard of Warwickshire team

RMS Queen Mary small plate circa 1930s, 16 cm diameter

Postcards: Interesting group including 'Barb Cycles, Melbourne' advertising card, American Great White Fleet, 'Explosion Fitzroy' real photograph. Group of cards real photos of Yarram, Orient Line etc. 49 cards.

1938 Australian Tour to England: 'Australian XI, English Tour 1938', Orient Line brochure with pen-picture of each member of the touring party, and each nicely signed in ink by the player featured, a total of 17 signatures including Don Bradman, Stan McCab

Four English transfer printed steamship plates, 19th century, the largest 25 cm

Souvenir liferaft S.S Waikare, Dunedin-Union Steamship Company

Souvenir liferaft S.S Crantala, Adelaide Steamship Company

Four R.M.S. Queen Mary plates, approx 22cam diameter (4)

Three vintage volumes on architecture Fragments D'Architucture De La Renaissance Volume 1 and La Normandie 1 & 2

A naïve half hull model battleship, framed. Height 38 cm. Width 88 cm

A vintage ship's canvas and corklife preserver for the NZ Steamship Co. SS Devon, London. Painted yellow, white and red. Diameter 76 cm

A vintage ship's canvas and corklife preserver for NZ Union Steamship Co. Hororata, Plymouth. Painted red, white and yellow. Diameter 76 cm

A vintage English ship's painted canvas and corklife preserver for M.V Coptic 1928 south Hampton. Crown crests with shields and flags. Diameter 76 cm

A large vintage ship's life preserver for Union Steam Ship SS Wairarapa, painted and with rope edge. Diameter 78 cm

A vintage framed Cunard ship jigsaw of the ship RMS 'Aquitania' with cut away views. Height 117 cm. Width 32 cm

A section of a large wooden life boat oar reputably from the wreck of the ship MV Kaitawa and found at Matapia North, 90 Mile Beach. Length 90 cm

A brass ship's Chandris Line standing ashtray with twist pedestal on circular foot. Height 60 cm

Timber yacht hull profile, mounted, 26 cm high, 88 cm wide approx

The original bronze bell from the S.S. 'Torgauten', named and dated '1901'. Built by the Moss Iron Foundry & Mechanical Works in 1901, Norway, acquired by the West Coast Steamship Co. in 1904 then to the Maoriland Steamship Co., then in 1915 acquired by th

An interesting ex ships C.Plath sextant, labelled MV Navios merchant Ommeren Amsterdam, fully operational and calibrated together with original certificate 1978 and cleaning brush and fitted timber case

A painting of the Ship 'City of Hobart'. Flag At top with initials T. S. N. Co. (Tasmanian Steamship Navigation Company). Signed and dated J. W. Deering 1856. This was painted on its maiden voyage from Lancashire UK. Has been reframed at some time. Surveyo

Cast brass maritime ships bell from the Kingston Coral Steamship, single steam trawler vessel commissioned 1936 with wall mounting bracket. Height 24 cm. diameter 30 cm. Provenance: with various documents including copy of the Kingston coral ships registra

Cargo and passenger steamship in wooden and glass case. ‘Grainton’, Newcastle. Height 36 cm. Depth 31 cm. Length 86 cm

A pair of large brass marine bolts, on wooden bases with plaque 'The R.M.S. Queen Mary'. Af.

A Clews souvenir Cunard line cube set, circa 1930s, the set includes a milk jug and sugar bowl fashioned as part of the cube series each glazed in chocolate brown, stamped to base. Heights 4.5 cm, 11 cm

A mid 1948 rare 'Britannic Cunard white star' lithographic travel (in excellent condition) in custom hand painted mount and frame poste

Union Steamship Co. Advertisement promoting South Seas winter excursions

Victorian mixed timber ship builders half hull model wall mounting 86 cm length

Shipwrecks: Kelly Tarlton's archive box with over 100 manila folders dealing with wrecks in New Zealand, Australia & elsewhere, containing correspondence, press cuttings, photographs and other documents, noted H.M.S.'Bounty' & 'Loch Vennachar'

'The Journal of H.M.S. Endeavour 1768-1771' by Lieutenant James Cook (Guildford, 1977), 528pp, limited edition 37/500, half calf with buckram boards, with slipcase. VG condition

A Late 19th century Photograph of a Steamship at Anchor, Height 31 cm Width 37 cm

A fine cased scale model of the Cutty Sark, the plank on frame model with a copper lined hull, black and buff masts and rigging, contained within a custom made glass case; the case. Width 187 cm. Depth 72 cm. Height 135 cm

Two early New Zealand life Preserver form picture frames.1 titled 'Defiance - Auckland', the other 'Sms Moewe (?)', both with vintage illustrations of old sailing vessels. Both A/F. Diameter 25 cm

Ivy Hulston pair circular ship paintings 'Riverina', and 'Orontes', oils on board, diameters 190. Both in life buoy frames. Est. $200

A Royal Doulton 'Orient line' advertising ashtray, circular ribbed body with a centrally painted logo impressed Doulton and 'O. S. N. Co' to the base