The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4


Front Cover, The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4, by Melvin Maddocks, 1978.

Front Cover, The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4, by Melvin Maddocks, 1978. GGA Image ID # 2013662891


On The Front Cover

As a harbor pilot waves a greeting, the Cunard Line’s great Queen Mary steams past the Ambrose Lightship at the entrance to New York Bay in this 1959 painting by Jack Gray. With her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, and the French Line’s magnificent Normandie, the Queen Mary marked the culmination of a century of ocean-liner development.



It is an excellent book with great, rarely-seen photographs. It includes a four-page foldout of the cutaway painting of the Normandie. The dazzle scheme section is also helpful for modelers building wartime versions of the liners.

A history of the world's famous luxury liners provides portraits of the ships. It examines such great disasters as the sinking of the Titanic. This edition explores the grand hotels that traversed the Atlantic between 1840 and 1930. The SS France, the RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS Queen Mary, the RMS Titanic, the RMS Lusitania, and the people and companies that made it all possible.



  • Essay: To Ply the Atlantic in a Grand Hotel
  • First Visions of a Golden Age at Sea
  • The "Great Eastern": a Titan among Minnows
  • The Fateful Odyssey of Hull No. 212
  • O "Normandie"! O Ship of Light
  • The French Line: France's Monument to Itself
  • A Litany of Disasters on the Devil Sea
  • The "Queens" at War
  • Memories of a World Gone By
  • Bibliography
  • Picture Credits
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index


The Author:

Melvin Maddocks has always maintained a New Englander’s interest in ships and the sea. His father was a ship chandler on Boston’s Commercial Wharf during the days of transition from sail to steam, and Maddocks himself served on board Navy LSTs during World War II. Harvard-educated, he is a columnist and critic for The Christian Science Monitor, as well as a frequent contributor to Time and other magazines.


The Consultants:


John Horace Parry, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He served on destroyers and aircraft carriers in World War II, rising to the rank of commander in the Royal Navy. He is the author of 10 books, including Trade and Dominion, The Spanish Sea- borneEmpire and The Discovery of the Sea.


Frank O. Braynard, a lifelong specialist in maritime affairs, is best known as founder and general manager of the Op Sail ’76 review of tall ships in New York Harbor during the 1976 Bicentennial Year. He has published 13 books and innumerable articles on such subjects as the early steamship Savannah and New York Harbor tugs, and is completing a monumental five-volume history of the great liner Leviathan.


William Avery Baker, a naval architect and engineer, spent 30 years with the Shipbuilding Division of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, designing vessels of all sizes up to supertankers. He is currently curator of the Hart Nautical Museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he took his degree. He is also author of The Engine- Powered Vessel, a history of ships from the first paddle-wheeler to the first commercial nuclear ship, the Savannah.


Listing of Ships Included in Volume Four

  • Adriatic (Collins Line)
  • America (Carr Line)
  • America (United States Lines)
  • Amerika (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Andes (Royal Mail Line/RMSP)
  • Andrea Doria (Italian Line)
  • Aquitania (Cunard Line)
  • Artic (Collins Line)
  • Atlantic (Collins Line)
  • Auguste Victoria (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Australia (Carr Line)
  • Baltic (Collins Line)
  • Baltic (White Star Line)
  • Berengaria (Cunard Line)
  • Birma (Russian Steamer)
  • Borussia (Emigrant Steamer)
  • Bremen (North German Lloyd)
  • Britannia (Cunard Line)
  • California (Leyland Line)
  • Canada (Cunard Line)
  • Cape Ann (United Fruit Company)
  • Carmania (Cunard Line)
  • Carpathia (Cunard Line)
  • Champlain (French Line)
  • Chusan (Paddle Steamer)
  • Columbia (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Conte Biancamano (Italian Line)
  • Conte di Savoia (Italian Line)
  • De Grasse (French Line)
  • Deutschland (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Devonia (Anchor Line)
  • Duchess of Richmond
  • Duilio
  • Empress of Canada (Canadian Pacific Line)
  • Empress of Japan (Canadian Pacific Line)
  • Etruria (Cunard Line)
  • Europa (North German Lloyd Line)
  • Flandre (French Line)
  • Florida (Lloyd Italiano Line)
  • France (French Line)
  • Frankfort (German ship)
  • Furnessia (Anchor Line)
  • Garrick (Dramatic Line)
  • George Washington (United States Lines)
  • Great Eastern
  • Great Western
  • Imperator (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Kaiser Friedrich (Hamburg-American Line)
  • Kenmure Castle (steamship)
  • King Edward (steamship)
  • La Plata (steamship)
  • Lafayette (French Line)
  • Leviathan (U.S. Lines)
  • Lusitania (CunardLine)
  • Majestic (White Star Line)
  • Maraña (steamship)
  • Mauretania (Cunard Line)
  • New Orleans (steamship)
  • Normandie (French Line)
  • Olympic (merchant marine)
  • Pacific (Collins Line)
  • Paris (French Line)
  • Persia (Cunard Line)
  • Provence (French Line)
  • Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line)
  • Queen Elizabeth 2 (Cunard Line)
  • Queen Mary (Cunard Line)
  • Republic (White Star Line)
  • Rex (Italian Line)
  • St. Louis (American Line)
  • Savannah (American steamship)
  • Shakespeare (Dramatic Line)
  • Sheridan (Dramatic Line)
  • Siddons (Dramatic Line)
  • Statendam (Holland-America Line)
  • Stockholm (Swedish-American Line)
  • Touraine (FrenchLine)
  • Turbinia (Parsons' ship)
  • Umbria (Cunard Line)
  • United States (U.S. Lines)
  • Vaterland (Hamburg-AmericanLine)
  • Vesta (French Line)
  • Victorian (Allan Line)
  • Ville de Paris [aka City of Paris] (French Line)
  • Virginian (Allan Line)
  • Westernland (Red Star Line)
  • Ypiranga (Japanese)


Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Maddocks, Melvin.
  • Main title: The great liners / by Melvin Maddocks and the editors of Time-Life Books.
  • Published/Created: Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, c1978.
  • Description: 176 p. : ill.; 29 cm.
  • ISBN: 0809426641, 0809426633 (lib. bdg.)
  • LC classification (full): VM381 .M32
  • LC classification (partial): VM381
  • Related names: Time-Life Books.
  • Subjects: Ocean liners--History. Ocean travel--History.
  • Notes: Includes index.
  • Bibliography: p. 170.
  • Series: The Seafarers; [v. 4]
  • LCCN: 78001366
  • Dewey class no.: 387.2/43/09
  • Type of material: Book


GG Archives Catalog Listing

  • Author: Melvin Maddocks
  • Title: The Great Liners (The Seafarers, Volume 4)
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 0-8094-2664-1
  • DCN: 387.2'43'09
  • Publisher: Time-Life Books, Incorporated
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Pub. Date: January 1978
  • Language: English US
  • Subjects:  
    • 1. Ocean liners -- History.
    • 2. Ocean travel -- History.
  • Description:
  • Notes: Includes Bibliographical References and Index.
  • Size: 9 1/2" x 11 1/2"
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • List Price:  US$14.95


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