Born in Los Angeles, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in eighth grade when he was assigned to research the Lusitania for an American History course. As a teen, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles, beginning with P&O’s grand old SS Arcadia, and continues to do so to this day.
While he was studying at UCLA, Peter took his first cruises, beginning with American Hawaii’s newly-rechristened SS Oceanic Independence. He made it a point to sail in elderly or historic liners until stepping up his mission to seek out and document every “forgotten” liner left in the world before its inevitable demise.
His travels included trips to all seven continents on board or in search of retired passenger ships and visits to Alang, India on eight different occasions (thus far) to witness the dismantling of many important liners. These excursions led to the ongoing purchase of a huge amount of fittings and art from many beloved ships and a series of video projects beginning with the acclaimed On The Road to Alang.
Knego’s home is beautifully furnished with fittings from dismantled ships and has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine and a number of architectural and travel publications.
He is frequently quoted by major new outlets, from The New York Times and USA Today to a wide variety of maritime industry trades such as Seatrade Insider, Tradewinds and more. With nearly 200 cruises under his belt, Knego is also a cruise and maritime journalist and has contributed countless articles and images to USA Today, Travel Weekly, Cruise Travel and Porthole magazines as well as the U.K.-based Ships Monthly.
His photos are featured in scores of shipping books and his video footage has been used in a number of television documentaries. Knego, himself, appeared on The History Channel’s Life Without People series.