Ocean Liners - Precursors, Apotheosis, Post War


Front Cover, Ocean Liners by Olivier Le Goff with Technical Assistance from Claude Molteni de Villermont, English Translation by Roger Jones, 1998.

Front Cover, Ocean Liners by Olivier Le Goff with Technical Assistance from Claude Molteni de Villermont, English Translation by Roger Jones, 1998. GGA Image ID # 20f72b4222


▓▓▓ "Featured Ships" ▓▓▓

  1. Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse
  2. Deutschland
  3. Empress of Britain
  4. Empress of Ireland
  5. Mauretania
  6. Lusitania
  7. Olympic
  8. Titanic
  9. Britannic
  10. France (1912)
  11. Imperator
  12. Vaterland
  13. Aquitania
  14. Majestic
  15. Paris
  16. Roma
  17. Augustus
  18. Ile de France
  19. Cap Arcona
  20. Bremen
  21. Liberté
  22. Félix Roussel
  23. Rex
  1. Conte DI Savoia
  2. Normandie
  3. Queen Mary
  4. Nieuw Amsterdam
  5. Queen Elizabeth
  6. Willem Ruys
  7. La Marseillaise
  8. Flandre
  9. Antilles
  10. United States
  11. Andrea Doria
  12. Rotterdam
  13. France (1962)
  14. Kungsholm
  15. Queen Elizabeth II
  16. Aleksandr Pushkin
  17. Wind Song
  18. Paul Gauguin
  19. Grand Princess
  20. Sun Princess
  21. Splendour of the Seas
  22. Majesty of the Seas


Table of Contents


  • From Sailing Ships to Ocean Liners


  • Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse
    Change of Role
  • Deutschland
    A History of Disillusionment
  • Empress of Britain - Empress of Ireland
    The Pride of Canadian Lines
    The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland
  • Mauretania - Lusitania
    The "Ocean Greyhounds"
    The Torpedoing of the Lusitania
  • Olympic - Titanic - Britannic
    Three Sisters, Three Destinies
    Such a Calm Night...
    The Titanic under a Sea of Ink
    The Fatalities
  • France
    The "Versailles of the Atlantic"
  • Imperator
    A Mansion in Germany
    Liners in the Storm
  • Vaterland
    A Dinosaur in the World of Men
  • Aquitania
    The faithful sister



  • Paris
    The Aristocrat of the Atlantic
  • Majestic
    Spanning the Inter-War Period
  • Roma - Augustus
    Under the Jackboot; Empire
  • Ile de France
    The Atlantic Peace Road
    Meals at Sea
  • Cap Arcona
    Liberty Minus Five Days
  • Bremen
    Germany Regains the Torch
  • Liberty
    A Very Latin German
    Liner Advertisements
  • Felix-Roussel
    A Youngster from Gascony
  • Rex
    A King Struck Down
  • Conte Di Savoia
    Between Tradition and New Regime
    View of the Deck
  • Normandie
    All the fairies in a cradle
    The Normandie and the Art of Living
    The Prematurely Aged
    High places
  • Queen Mary
    An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove
    A Queen at War
  • Nieuw Amsterdam
    The Conquest of New York



  • Queen Elizabeth
    A Very Civilian Soldier
  • Willem Ruys
    A Chequered Career
  • La Marseillaise
    The Glorious Days of Empire
  • Flandre - Antilles
    The model Little Sisters
  • United States
    An Idle Meteor
  • Andrea Doria
    The Sinking of the Admiral
  • Rotterdam
    The Double Agent
  • France
    I Don't Love You Either
    Liner Memorabilia
  • Kungsholm
    The Beauty of the Devil
  • Queen Elizabeth II
    The Last of the Queens
  • Aleksandr Pushkin
    A Poet and her Sisters



  • Small is beautiful
  • The New Giganticism
  • The Birth of a Liner


Cross section of the Titanic




Back Cover, Ocean Liners by Olivier Le Goff, 1998.

Back Cover, Ocean Liners by Olivier Le Goff, 1998. GGA Image ID # 20f7461d9d


From the Back Cover

Ocean Liners is a detailed look at nearly fifty fabulous ships that have provided pleasure, practicality, and fascination since the beginning of the century.

Included in this colorful investigation are the gallant Ile-de-France, the exorbitantly expensive Vaterland and the ill-fated Titanic Deutschland and Willem-Ruys, as well as the quintessential ocean liner of its time, the Queen Mary, which did double duty as a high-speed troop carrier during World War II.

With views of plush interiors and luxurious appointments, this magnificent book gives an insiders look at the adventure of an ocean crossing on ships of yesteryear, today, and those in development for future use.

Ocean Liners also explores the historical, industrial, and economic conditions which led to the construction of these maritime behemoths and the current technology that is ushering in even more elaborate ship designs for the twenty-first century.


About the Author

Olivier Le Goff comes from a long line of sailors who have lived in Le Havre, where he spent his childhood exploring the harbor and watching ocean liners. A writer by profession, he has contributed to many different books and publications.

Claude Molteni de Villermont has always been fascinated by ocean liners. He now contributes to numerous maritime publications and, as a member of the Association des Amis des Paquebot, the World Ship Society and the Steamship Historical Society of America, often gives lectures on the subject.


Ships Referenced in this Book


Steamship Lines Referenced in This Book


Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Le Goff, Olivier.
  • Main title: Les plus beaux paquebots du monde / textes Olivier Le Goff ; avec la collaboration technique de Claude Molteni de Villermont.
  • Published/Created: Paris: Solar, c1998.
  • Description: 143 p.: ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
  • ISBN: 2263027998
  • LC Classification: VM381 .L44 1998
  • LC Subjects: Ocean liners--History.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 143) and index.
  • Series: Mer, Mer (Series)
  • LCCN: 99224875
  • Dewey class no.: 387.2/432/09
  • Other system no.: (DLC) 99224875, (OCoLC)41526117
  • Type of material: Book


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