The White Star liners would become renowned for their luxurious accommodations and were called floating palaces. Aboard them would sail the crowned heads of Europe, the nobility, and the rich and famous.


White Star Line


The White Star Line of British and Australian Ex-Royal Mail Packets was founded in 1843. They owned some of the most famous clipper ships of those days including White Star, Red Jacket, Chariots of Fame and Shalimar.

Thomas Henry Ismay purchased the company in 1868. In 1869 he formed the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company (The official name of the White Star Line) in partnership with several investors including the owners of Harland and Wolff shipyard. The White Star Line would become one of the most famous and prestigious shipping lines of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

With the help of your imagination we hope to give you a glimpse of 1912, the year the Titanic was completed and tragically lost.

There has been an increased interest in the "White Star Lines" with the new movie "Titanic". Through our "Wayward Navigator Bed and Breakfast" and our web site, we hope to promote an interest and provide a glimpse of the ocean liner era.

We've had the great fortune to have access to a 1925 "White Star Magazine". We have copied several of the articles that we found of particular interest. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.



When the sun's last rays are fading,
Into twilight soft and dim.

Theodore L. Barker: Thou wilt think of me again.


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