Category: Ships

A steam ship was really the only way to travel to or from the U.S. and Europe in the early 20th Century, unless one wanted to passenger Zeppelin services which flew between 1928–37.

Accoriding to a Forbes 8/10/2013 article, “the first non-stop trans-Atlantic commercial flight by a land-based aircraft was a four-engine Focke-Wulf Fw 200 “Condor” developed by a German manufacturer and flown by Lufthansa…. The plane landed the afternoon of August 11, 1938 at Floyd Bennett Field, now a park in Brooklyn, after taking off about 25 hours earlier from Berlin on a 3,728-mile flight.” The first regularly scheduled heavier-than-air passenger-carrying flights were Pan American’s Boeings in summer 1939.

Of course, even these small, limited, long and most likely somewhat frightful trips were interrupted by World War II.

Even after the war, there were just 27 passenger flights a week west across the North Atlantic to the US and Canada on BOAC and other European airlines and 151 flights every two weeks on Pan Am, AOA, TWA and TCA in September of 1947.

Needless to say unless one was both brave and rich, ship travel was still the way to go during the Golden Age of comics. As a commonplace part of everyday life at the time, particularly in the primary comic book producing port city of New York, the cruise ship theme often found its way into the pages of comic books.

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