FULL STEAM AHEAD, or “LA VIDA ES UN CARNIVAL” [CRUISE]
Just yesterday, Richard Brilliant (Vice President and Chief Audit Executive at Carnival Corporation & plc) came to The Wolfsonian-FIU with more than twenty members of their headquarters staff at Carnival Place in the Doral suburb of Miami, Florida. During their tour of the museum, the group came up to the library to view a display of some of our extensive holdings of steamship and cruise line industry promotional materials.
The materials on view for the tour included a sampling of some of the interwar period ephemera (brochures, menus, and schedules of a wide range of shipping companies) and highlights from the Laurence Miller Collection covering the postwar heyday of the cruise line industry. Beginning in the nineteen fifties, Dr. Miller amassed an incredible collection of steamship and ocean liner materials representing all of the major cruise line companies, including Carnival. As Dr. Miller has been coming in on a regular basis to help with the cataloguing and digitizing of the collection, he was on hand to talk with our guests about the artifacts on display. The visitors appeared to be taken with some of the Carnival brochures and other materials documenting the expansion of the fleet from the 1970s forward.
But the “stars of the show” were two 5×7 prints of Carnivale. The first photograph documents the ship’s (unpublicized) arrival from Piraeus and shows evidence of rust and neglect after spending a couple of years in lay-up.
The second photographic print shows her (publicized) arrival after undergoing renovations and receiving a new coat of paint in the Norfolk shipyards.
Among the items that the visitors had the opportunity to see were some brochures promoting Carnival’s first three ships, the Mardi Gras, Carnivale, and Festivale—all originally powered by steam turbines.
A blog by Peter Knego notes that the Atlantic Star (which began service in 1984 as Sitmar’s Fairsky) has recently been sold and will undoubtedly be retrofitted with a new propulsion system as this was the last turbine steamship ever built. See his blog: http://maritimematters.com/2011/01/last-steamship-sold/ as well as his post on the Azamara which I coincidently snapped a shot of and blogged about in my own post about the Panama Canal earlier this month! http://maritimematters.com/2011/01/azamara-journey-to-the-sea-of-cortez/