Picture History of the French Line - 1997


Front Cover, Picture History of the French Line by William H. Miller, Jr., 1997.

Front Cover, Picture History of the French Line by William H. Miller, Jr., 1997. Cover Design by Frank J. Moore. GGA Image ID # 2090642b71


From the Publisher

Superb pictorial history of the company's fleet of formidable passenger ships: Ile de France, Normandie, Liberte, Colombie, Antilles, Flandre, France and many more. Over 170 black-and-white photographs document exteriors and interiors, celebrity passengers and shipboard life, while an extensive caption for each vessel give its history, outstanding characteristics, size, speed, builder and other data. A loving tribute that will appeal to the legions of ocean-liner enthusiasts.




Introduction, by Brian Chappell

  1. Sails, Paddle Wheels, and Steam
  2. Size, Luxury, and Style
  3. Other Ships, Other Routes
  4. Paquebot Extraordinaire: the Normandie
  5. Refit, Restoration, Revival
  6. Glorious Prize of War: the Liberté
  7. Smart New Sisters: the Flandre and the Antilles
  8. Other Frenchmen
  9. End of the Line: the France of 1961


Index of Ships Illustrated



Back Cover, Picture History of the French Line by William H. Miller, Jr., 1997.

Back Cover, Picture History of the French Line by William H. Miller, Jr., 1997. GGA Image ID # 2090c455c5


From the Back Cover

For well over a century, the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique—the French Line—reigned as one of the world's most successful fleets of passenger ships. But by the mid-1970s, faced with heavy competition from continent-hopping passenger planes, this company and many other great steamship lines had discontinued mainly passenger service.

This impressive pictorial reference, by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., includes a wealth of vintage photographs celebrating the legendary French Line. With its origins dating back to 1855, the company was renowned for ocean liners that were not only dazzling in design and decorative beauty but were also admired for the unique, high level of service offered aboard such formidable ships as the Ile de France, Normandie, Liberté, Colombie, Antilles, Flandre and France (whose sumptuous interior earned it the nickname "Château of the Atlantic").

Over 170 excellent black-and-white photographs focus on the ships' exteriors but also offer views of luxurious staterooms, cabins, and lounges, as well as exciting glimpses of such celebrity passengers as Maurice Chevalier, Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Jane Powell. An informative introduction outlines the glittering history of the Line and its ships, while an extensive caption for each vessel details prominent characteristics, size, speed, builder, and other data.

A nostalgic and loving tribute to the great ships of the French Line, this comprehensive pictorial record will delight marine historians, ocean-liner enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by the charm of sea travel.


Original Dover (1997) publication. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Captions. Bibliography. Index of ships illustrated. 173 halftones. 116pp. 8 1/2 x 11 1/2. Paperbound.


Index of Ships Illustrated

  1. Antilles
  2. Champlain
  3. Champollion
  4. Claude Bernard
  5. Colombie
  6. De Grasse (1924)
  7. De Grasse (1956)
  8. Félix Roussel
  9. Ferdinand de Lesseps
  10. Flandre (1914)
  11. Flandre (1952)
  12. France (1912)
  13. France (1961)
  14. Ile de France
  15. Kairouan
  16. l'Atlantique
  17. La Champagne
  18. La Marsaeillaise
  19. La Touraine
  20. Lafayette (1915)
  21. Lafayette (1929)
  22. Laos
  23. Leopoldina
  24. Liberté
  25. Marrakech
  26. Mermoz
  27. Mexique
  28. Normandie
  29. Oregon
  30. Paris
  31. Pasteur
  32. Rochambeau
  33. Sampiero Corso
  34. Suffren
  35. Ville d'Oran
  36. Washington


Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Miller, William H., 1948-
  • Main title: Picture history of the French Line / William H. Miller, Jr.
  • Published/Created: Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 1997.
  • Description: ix, 113 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
  • ISBN: 0486294439 (pbk.)
  • LC Classification: HE945.C56 M55 1997
  • Portion of title: French Line
  • LC Subjects: Compagnie générale transatlantique--History--Pictorial works. Steamboat lines--France--History--Pictorial works. Ocean liners--France--History--Pictorial works.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 111) and index.
  • LCCN: 97005791
  • Dewey class no.: 387.5/06/541
  • Geographic area code: e-fr---
  • Type of material: Book


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