Transatlantic Liners

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Shire Books, Jul 20, 2012 - Transportation - 64 pages
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Since the end of the nineteenth century there has been a stunning succession of transatlantic liners, from the White Star Line's Oceanic of 1899 to the Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 of 2004. These floating palaces often contained luxurious staterooms, ballrooms and lounges for the rich, and noticeably more modest and basic accommodation for poorer travellers. Their designs and powerplants were often cutting-edge as each competed to be the largest, most luxurious and fastest ship on the Atlantic. As the tides of passenger demand rose and fell through the years and the world plunged twice into global conflict, these ships had to adapt to survive.

Many of these vessels - including Mauretania, Olympic, the first Queen Mary and France - had long and glorious careers; others - Titanic, Lusitania and Normandie among them - suffered tragic endings. J. Kent Layton describes the heyday of the superliners and explains what life was like for passengers, both rich and poor.

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Contents

THE EMERGENCE OF THE SUPERLINER
THE WONDER SHIPS
A CALL TO ARMS
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

J. Kent Layton is a maritime historian, specialising in the history of the great superliners, and has published Atlantic Liners: A Trio of Trios, and Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor. He also writes articles and has contributed to Titanic: The Ship Magnificent and RMS Aquitania: The Ship Beautiful.

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