Shipping: Vanishing Flag

Britannia may have ruled the waves, but America had the best ships: first the famous clippers, then the fastest steamships afloat and eventually some of the most luxurious liners ever to ply the Atlantic. Today only two American passenger ships operate from the Atlantic Coast, and next month they will show the Stars and Stripes there for the last time.

Prudential-Grace Lines announced that the 300-passenger Santa Rosa and Santa Paula will sail out of New York harbor on their final Caribbean cruises in January, bringing to an even dozen the number of American luxury ships retired over the past...

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