Aeromarine destinations

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Bimini, Bahamas
Havana, Cuba
Miami, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Nassau, Bahamas
New York City
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Bimini, Bahamas

Bimini Bay Rod and Gun Club, Bahamas
The inviting bar and bartender at the Bimini Bay Rod and Gun Club on Bimini Island in the Bahamas in January 1921.
Smithie, the bartender, most likely served many thirsty Aeromarine passengers - and pilots too?
(Photo courtesy of the Keyport Historical Society, Keyport, N.J.)


This newspaper advertisement dates to the spring of 1921.
(Image from "Nostalgia Northamericana" by Don Thomas, 1990)

Richard Griesinger, Bimini, 1921
Richard Griesinger, an Aeromarine mechanic, in one of the airline's uniforms - note the Aeromarine logo on the chest.
The photo was taken at Bimini in early 1921.
Compare Richard Griesinger's uniform to "Mitzie" Strang's at Keyport.
Mr. Griesinger's family donated to the Keyport Historical Society a large number of photos that he put together while working for Aeromarine.
Most of the Society's contributions to this website are from this collection.
(Photo courtesy of the Keyport Historical Society, Keyport, N.J.)

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Havana, Cuba

Sloppy Joe's Bar, Havana
Early 1920s souvenir photo from the famous Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana.
This is where Aeromarine Publicity Director Harry Bruno designed his beautiful 1921 baggage label
while drinking rum punch - at least according to his own narrative in "Wings Over America".
Read about the history of Sloppy Joe's at The 330th Bomb Group website's page on Sloppy Joe's Bar.

Aeromarine Model 75 arriving in Havana, 1922
An Aeromarine Model 75 arriving in Havana, along El Malecón, in the spring of 1922.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 75 'Niña' passing Morro Castle, 1921
The Aeromarine Model 75 Niña passing the lighthouse of the Morro Castle in the autumn of 1921.
The ramparts of the Fortaleza de la Cabaña can be seen to the right.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 75 'Balboa' passing Fortaleza de la Cabaña, 1921
The Aeromarine Model 75 Balboa passing the ramparts of the Fortaleza de la Cabaña on entering the harbour of Havana.
The photo dates to the autumn of 1921.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 75 'Ponce de Léon' in Havana harbour, 1922
The Aeromarine Model 75 Ponce de Léon in Havana harbour in the spring of 1922, with parts of Old Havana in the background.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 75 'Santa Maria' at anchor in Havana, 1922
The Aeromarine Model 75 Santa Maria at anchor in Havana in the spring of 1922.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 75 'Ponce de Léon' at floating pier in Havana, 1922
The Aeromarine Model 75 Ponce de Léon at the floating pier in Havana in the spring of 1922.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)

Crowds in Havana watching Aeromarine operations, 1921
Crowds on El Malecón in the autumn of 1921, watching a Model 75 leaving Havana harbour, with Morro Castle in the background.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Nassau, Bahamas

Christening of the 'Cordeaux' at Nassau, 1923
The christening (see article below) of the Cordeaux (later revised to Gov. Cordeaux)
by the Governor of the Bahamas, Sir H.E.S. Cordeaux, in Nassau on December 20, 1922.
(Photo from the "Aircraft Year Book", 1923)


(From the "Aviation" magazine of January 8, 1923)


Aerial view of Nassau from the mid-1920s.
(Courtesy of Barry Hepsley)

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Arrival of the 'Morro Castle' to San Juan, 1923
A huge crowd watching the arrival of the Morro Castle to San Juan in January 1923.
An Aeromarine "airport" facility has been set up. The airline had plans for establishing a route from San Juan to Kingston, Jamaica.
Later on the same trip, the Morro Castle visited St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
(Photo from the "Aircraft Year Book", 1923)

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Miami, Florida

Aeromarine West Indies Airways billboard sign in Miami, 1921
Aeromarine West Indies Airways billboard sign in Miami from early 1921.
Smaller signs say:
"Aerial Sightseeing Trips
$10.00 Over Bay Biscayne & Miami Beach
Special Rates For Charter Parties
Bookings At Main Office"
and
"Landing Pier
Main Office At
McAllister Hotel Lobby Tel. 180"
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Aeromarine Model 85s and a Model 75 in Miami, 1922
An early 1922 scene with an Aeromarine Model 75, with the Aeromarine passenger terminal barge to the right of its bow,
and at least two Model 85s in front of the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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Biscayne bay, Miami
Largest group photo of Aeromarine flying boats known to exist: Biscayne Bay, Miami, in the spring of 1922.
(Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Arend; from his book "Great Airports: Miami International", 1986)

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Miami Beach, Florida

The 'Balboa' over Miami Beach, c. 1923
The Balboa flying over the then quiet Miami Beach, probably in the autumn of 1923.
Note the bathers just below the bow!
The buildings on the beach are the original casinos and bathhouses that are long gone,
replaced by the high rise apartments and Art Deco hotels of South Beach.
This is a scan of a photocopy, hence the poor quality.
(Photo from "Aero Digest", May 1924)
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New York City

Three Aeromarine flying boats over lower Manhattan, NYC, 1922
Two Aeromarine Model 75s and a Model 85 over lower Manhattan, New York City, in the summer of 1922.
The large building in the upper centre of the photo is the Equitable Building. It is surrounded by three high towers,
the Bankers Trust Company Building in front of it, the Singer Building to the left
and the Woolworth Building beyond it.
In the foreground, on the Battery Park, is the Whitehall Building Annex to the far left
and the lower white building to the right of it is the United States Lines Building.
All these buildings are still standing, with the exception of the Singer Building.
At the lower right corner is the Staten Island Ferry Terminal building, still its location, but in a much different structure.
(Photo courtesy of the Keyport Historical Society, Keyport, N.J.)
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The 'Majestic' on the Hudson arriving from Europe, 1922
The Majestic (56,551 grt, 956 ft. long), the largest ship in the world when completed,
is going north on the Hudson on one of her first crossings from Europe.
She sailed on her maiden voyage for the White Star Line in May 1922 and this photo dates to the summer of that year.
An Aeromarine Model 85 is greeting the liner on her arrival.
Several of the high-rise buildings referred to above are in this photo too. To the left is the Woolworth Building.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Fraser Farnsworth)
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More photos of Aeromarine destinations on the following pages:
Page: Destination:
Aeromarine's New York City airport New York City
Aeromarine's Key West base Key West
Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 1 Atlantic City, Lake George, Long Beach (Long Island), U.S. Virgin Islands
Photos of Aeromarine aircraft - page 2 Cleveland, Cleveland, Detroit, Havana, Havana, Miami, Miami
Photos of Aeromarine passengers and passenger accomodations Atlantic City, Miami
Photos of Aeromarine personalities Havana
Fleet list of Aeromarine aircraft Cleveland (link from the Wolverine on Fleet list page)
Aeromarine flight cover Havana
Aeromarine in-flight movie Chicago
Aeromarine brochure (summer 1922) New York City
Other Aeromarine ephemera Bimini, Havana, Havana, Miami, Miami, New York City

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See also Flying with Aeromarine - A passenger narrative,
a page detailing a passenger's experience of a trip between Detroit and Cleveland in the summer of 1922.

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This page last updated February 12, 2012.