Bernard Alec Ebsworth Notable Cruise Industry Death – Bernard “Barney” Alec Ebsworth, 83, from Hunts Point, Washington passed away on April 9, 2018. As a pioneering travel entrepreneur and renowned American art collector, Barney traveled the world living life to the fullest.
Barney served in the army and was stationed in France at which time his love of art was fostered by his many trips to the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was in Paris that he met and married his wife Martine Ebsworth (nee de Visme) with whom he had his only child Christiane.
Barney returned to St. Louis where he purchased a small travel company in 1959, which he would ultimately grow into INTRAV, an international travel company providing luxury group travel around the globe which included the first back to back charter air tours to the Orient, South America, North and East Africa, South Pacific, Scandinavia, South Africa, and Central America, including 29 AROUND THE WORLD trips on Air France and British Airways Concorde planes.
As an early pioneer in the cruise industry, he founded and was Chairman for both Royal Cruise Line in 1972 and Clipper Cruise Line in 1981. Royal Cruise Line built and operated the deluxe ocean-going cruise liners MS Golden Odyssey, MS Crown Odyssey, and MS Royal Odyssey.
The company was sold and combined with Norwegian Cruise Line in 1986. Clipper Cruise Line owned and operated deluxe small cruise ships of 100 – 140 passenger capacity that included the MV Newport Clipper, the MV Nantucket Clipper and MV Yorktown Clipper. The company was merged with INTRAV in December 1996. Barney sold his company to Kuoni Reisen Holding AG in September 1999 when he retired from his professional life.
Barney founded the investment firm of Windsor, Inc. in 1979 that provided financing for venture capital and real estate investments, including the initial and subsequent rounds of funding for Build a Bear Workshop (BBW), which would go on to become publicly listed. With his highly-developed sense of humor, Barney gave himself the executive title of ‘Bearly There’ as a Director of BBW.
After retiring from his career in the travel business, Barney moved with his wife Pamela Ebsworth (nee Larimer) to Seattle, Washington and expanded his already renowned collection of twentieth century American Modernism, American Contemporary, and Old Masters.