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Front Cover, 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Erling Welle-Strand.

2500 Miles on the Norwegian Costal Steamer

The cruise on board the express steamer along the coast of Norway is one of the loveliest sea voyages in the world. The scenery you will pass en route is unbelievably beautiful.

 

Front Cover, The American Line: 1871-1902 by William Henry Flayhart III

The American Line: 1871-1902 (2000)

The American Tine tells the story of the first successful American steamship line after the Civil War to rival the great European transatlantic companies—an essential and glorious chapter in the history of the American Merchant Marine.

 

Front Cover, Amerikabåtene (Passenger Ships of the Norwegian-America Line), 1984.

Amerikabåtene... Norwegian-America Line Passenger Ships

From the former Director of Research at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, a book about the passenger ships of the Norwegian America Line brought immigrants from Norway to America. The book is a tribute to those who worked on board the Norwegian America Line to America vessels. It is also a tribute to thousands on the wharf to see the NAL ship's arrivals and departures.

 

Front Cover, A Century of Sea Travel: Personal Accounts from the Steamship Era by Christopher Deakes and Tom Stanley, 2010.

A Century of Sea Travel: Personal Accounts from the Steamship Era

This book is a voyage through the life of the passenger steamship, a voyage described by travellers who sailed on these vessels, and it carries within it their thoughts and experiences, mirrored here in words and pictures.

 

Front Cover, Christie's Ocean Liner Auction Catalog, New York, Thursday, 28 June 2007.

Christie's Ocean Liner Auction Catalog - 2007

The Christie's Ocean Liner Auction Catalog 2007 included Posters, Ship Models, and Decorative Arts. The provenance of the Items was sourced from The Estate of Wayne LaPoe, The Kenneth C. Schultz Collection, The Jan J. Loeff Collection, The Marcello Collection, and The Collection of Terrence G. O'Connor.

 

Front Cover, Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic by Frank O. Braynard, © 1991.

Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic

An absorbing and detailed account of the three ships: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic, 50,000-ton dinosaurs of the transatlantic lines in the years before World War I.

 

Front Cover, Class Ships - Romance and Reality by Nicholas Faith, 1995.

Classic Ships - Romance and Reality

In the first full exploration of the subject, Classic Ships surveys the important industrial, military, commercial, and leisure ships of the last one hundred and fifty years.

 

Catalogue of the Archives of the Cunard Steamship Company

Cunard Archives Catalogue - University of Liverpool

When Cunard withdrew its headquarters from Liverpool in favor of Southampton, the surviving archives of the Cunard Steam-Ship Company were deposited with the Archive Unit at the University of Liverpool in batches over 1970-1972, with some subsequent small additions.

 

Front Cover, Cunard: Glory Days by David L. Williams, © 1999.

Cunard: Glory Days (1999)

Cunard -- few names in the maritime industry are more redolent of the great days of ocean-going passenger liners and cruise ships. This book recalls the era when ocean travel by liner was at its height and the 'Queens' ruled the waves with page after page of beautiful photographs that tell its story. Glory Days: Cunard provides a vivid reminder of the lost grandeur of ocean travel.

 

Front Cover, The Cunard Line: A Pictorial History 1840-1990 by Peter W. Woolley and Terry Moore, © 1990.

The Cunard Line: A Pictorial History 1840-1990

An Illustrated History of the Cunard Line and the celebrated liners which have served the Fleet, from its Inception in 1840 to the demise of the great transatlantic liners and finally the entry into service of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, Britain's last great luxury liner.

 

Front Cover, Cunard Line Handbook To The Mediterranean, Adriatic and the Continent of Europe.

Cunard Line Handbook to the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and the Continnent of Europe (1905)

Prepared for the use of Passengers traveling by the Cunard Hungarian-American Line from New York to the Mediterranean and Adriatic. The book is illustrated with 17 tipped-in folding maps., numerous drawings, and many photographs of the Cunard passenger fleet.

 

Front Cover Plus Binding Edge from Dust Jacket, Den Norske Amerikalinje 1910-1960 by Erik Vea, Johan Schreiner, and Johan Seland.

Den Norske Amerikalinje 1910 - 1960

History of the Norwegian America Steamship Line, 1910 - 1960. Profusely illustrated with photographs and illustration including interior and exterior views of their passenger fleet.

 

Front Cover, Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1906-1914, Volume 1.

Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1906-1914 Volume 1

An authentic replication to the smallest detail of the best of The Shipbuilder magazine, 1906-1914, including articles on the Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, and more. This encyclopedic collection contains original text, photographs, and advertisements, as well as 22 fold-out blueprint plans, five color plates, a two-color Titanic cutaway folding advertisement and even two facsimile subscription forms.

 

Front Cover, Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1907-1914, Volume 2. Compiled and Edited, with a New Introduction by Mark D. Warren.

Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1907-1914 Volume 2

Distinguished Liners, Volume 2 features 53 famous ships from 1907-1914. Read how the liners were constructed and launched. Lavishly illustrated, each carries many photographs, including the ships, their interiors, machinery, fittings, construction, and launching.

 

Front Cover, Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters by William H. Miller, Jr., 2006.

Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters

Naval historian William H. Miller, Jr. recounts the dramatic stories behind various ill-fated passenger ships. He takes readers beyond the newspaper headlines and formal inquiries, offering firsthand accounts of heroic rescues, daring escapes, and tragic losses.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Dry Diplomacy: The United States, Great Britain, and Prohibition by Lawrence Spinelli, 1989.

Dry Diplomacy: The United States, Great Britain, and Prohibition

American interference with international shipping--to disrupt what Presidents Harding and Coolidge deemed British alcohol smuggling--would lead to a diplomatic crisis in the mid-1920s.

 

Front Cover, Era of the Passenger Liner by Nicholas T. Cairis. Published by Pegasus Books Ltd., London, 1992.

Era of the Passenger Liner - 1992

The Gilded Era comes back to life as the reader relives the careers of stately ships and express greyhounds from immigrant ships to floating palaces. Scarce, large format book containing 288pp. Features photographs, statistics, and background of 280 passenger liners, each with a picture.

 

Front Cover, Exploring the Lusitania by Robert Ballard with Spencer Dunmore, 1995.

Exploring the Lusitania - 1995

On May 7, 1915, the fastest, most luxurious cruise ship in the Cunard line, the Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat, spurring U.S. involvement in World War I. Now, best-selling author/researcher Robert Ballard probes the decades-old controversy surrounding this pivotal maritime tragedy.

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Famous Ocean Liners: The Story of Passenger Shipping from the Turn of the Century to the Present Day by William H. Miller, 1987.

Famous Ocean Liners - 1987

Here is the story of twentieth-century passenger shipping, from the first of the superliners — the German Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse — to Cunard's Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, right up to Queen Elizabeth 2.

 

Front Cover, The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs, 193 Views, 1897-1927.

The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs - 1983

Sumptuous volume recalls the glorious early years of elegant transatlantic travel. Over 190 historic photographs depict exterior and interior views of 101 great ocean liners, including the Virginian, Imperator, Vaterland, Bismarck, Lusitania, Mauretania, Balmoral Castle, Titanic, Olympic, Aquitania and dozens more. Full captions.

 

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

The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4

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.

 

Front Cover, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 1: 1858-1912 by Arnold Kludas, Translated from the German by Charles Hodges, 1975.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1858-1912

This initial volume deals with Ships from 1858-1912, from the first passenger ship of over 10,000 GRT to be placed in service (the Great Eastern) to those unforgettable sister ships, the Olympic and Titanic — the first of more than 40,000 GRT.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 2: 1913-1923 by Arnold Kludas, 1976.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1913-1923

The period 1913-1923 is dealt with in this second volume. Although it was only a decade, it was one of the most turbulent passenger ships in history. Competition to produce ever-larger vessels declined between leading North Atlantic shipping companies. For 20 years, the ships of the Imperator Class were the largest in the world.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 3: 1924-1935 by Arnold Kludas, 1976.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1924-1935

Volume 3 in the series covers the years 1924-1935 and includes the introduction of the well-known superliners Normandie and Queen Mary, both of which successfully competed for the prestigious Blue Riband award for the fastest transatlantic crossing.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 4: 1936-1950 by Arnold Kludas, 1977.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1936-1950

The 15 years from 1936 to 1950 are covered here in the fourth volume of the series. This was the period that saw the lifting of the worldwide recession of the early '30s and the introduction of the largest passenger vessel of all time, the famous Cunarder Queen Elizabeth, and the Wilhelm Gustloff, which was considered to be the first ship built for cruising in the modern sense.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 5: 1951-1976 by Arnold Kludas, 1977.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1951-1976

This volume, covering the years 1951-1976, embraces a period of dramatic change in ocean travel, the growth in airline travel causing a sharp decline in passenger liner building and existing liners being increasingly used in the cruising role.

 

Front Cover, North German Lloyd Guide Through North America - 1898

Guide Through North & Central America (Norddeutscher Lloyd) - 1898

The Guide Through North and Central America by North German Lloyd provides a concise work of reference for travelers in the United States, containing hints and directions. This book includes the history of the North German Lloyd, Lavishly illustrated with numerous photographs.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Harland & Wolff: Designs from the Shipbuilding Empire by Tom McCluskie, 1998.

Harland & Wolff: Designs from the Shipbuilding Empire

The book is an introductory overview of the company, its shipyards, and its works is followed by 44 detailed drawings of the ships, from the earliest sailing vessels to the great liners such as the Canberra and the Southern Cross.

 

Front Cover, Le Havre - New York: French Lines by Christian Clères, Translated from the French by David Britt, 1997.

Le Havre - New York: French Line

This volume about the French Line and its route from Le Havre to New York is a witness to crossing the Atlantic from before WWI to today (1997)—a fascinating visual record of travel.

 

Front Cover, Legacy of the White Star Line: History of the Titanic, Her Sisters, and Other White Star Liners by Timothy PD Turner, 2000.

Legacy of the White Star Line: History of the Titanic, Her Sisters, and Other White Star Liners

The Titanic disaster has fascinated the world since she sank, losing over 1,500 lives in April 1912. This copiously illustrated book considers much more than its title suggests, beginning with an overview of the White Star Line's fleet.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

The first volume takes us from the construction of the VATERLAND to the end of World War One when the VATERLAND, now the U.S.S Leviathan, was used as a troop transport and packed with fabulous photographs and reproductions of newspaper articles.

 

Front Cover,  Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

Volume 2 picks up the LEVIATHAN saga during her monumental conversion from a troop ship to a luxury liner and carries the ship’s tempestuous life up through her first round trip as a U.S. express liner. The book finishes with the SS Leviathan's triumphant return to the Atlantic.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 3

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 3

Volume 3 picks up the LEVIATHAN saga as the ship begins transatlantic service for the United States Lines in 1923 and continues through 1926. Braynard tells the story of life aboard, prominent passengers, and her problems on a government-owned ship. There are hundreds of great photos, which makes for excellent browsing and reading.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 4

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 4

Volume 4 picks up the LEVIATHAN saga in 1926, during the height of the ship's popularity, and ends with the stock market crash of 1929. The ship's fortunes fell quickly after that. Hundreds of great photos, including a section of color ones, make for excellent browsing and reading.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 5

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 5

Volume 5 picks up the LEVIATHAN saga as the Great Depression starts with deep cuts into passenger loads. The great ship produces nothing but red ink for USL; even bargain cruises do not help. The vessel is put into lay-up and offered for sale. There are hundreds of great photos, which makes for excellent browsing and reading.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship," Volume 6.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 6

The final volume picks up the LEVIATHAN saga in her last years of lay-up in Hoboken. She sailed a few voyages in 1934 but otherwise spent her final years rusting at the pier. In 1938, her old boilers were fired one last time for a slow journey to the breakers. Volume 6 contains many large photos of her abandoned interiors and a fold-out color Albert Brenet painting of the ship approaching the breakers. There are hundreds of great images, which makes for excellent browsing and reading.

 

Front Cover, Liverpool and the Mersey, Volume 1: Gladstone Dock and the Great Liners by Ken Longbottom, 1995.

Liverpool and the Mersey, Vol. 1: Gladstone Dock and the Great Liners

More than 190 rare archive photographs and maps, many never before published, recount the story of this most famous dock and the Great passenger Ships that were once a regular sight there.

 

Front Cover, Lost Liners: From the Titanic to the Andrea Doria, The Ocean Floor Reveals Its Greatest Lost Ships by Robert D. Ballard and Rick Archbold with Paintings by Ken Marschall, 1997.

Lost Liners, Titanic to the Andrea Doria

Maps, charts, and diagrams make this handsome volume a valuable reference tool and a compelling evocation of that glorious era when floating palaces ruled the sea lanes.

 

Front Cover, Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor, 2007.

Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor - 2007

Prepare to take a journey back in time... step aboard the decks of one of the world's largest, fastest, and most beloved ocean liners, and experience the LUSITANIA in all her splendor.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King and Penny Wilson, 2015.

Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age

On the 100th anniversary of its sinking, Greg King and Penny Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and marked a new level of brutality in World War I.

 

The Lusitania Case, Collected by C. L. Droste, Edited by W. H. Tantum, 1972. Originally Published in 1915.

The Lusitania Case - 1972/1915

Prepare to take a journey back in time, step aboard the decks of one of the world's largest, fastest, and most beloved ocean liners, and experience the LUSITANIA in all her splendor.

 

Front Cover, The Lusitania's Last Voyage by Charles E. Lauriat, Jr., 1915.

The Lusitania's Last Voyage - 1915

Mr. Lauriat gives a simple, direct, and dignified account of his personal experiences on the great Cunarder during the frightful hours before and after the last disaster. It is an exciting account of thrilling personal experiences told with fairness.

 

Front Cover Showing Title on Binding, The Lusitania Story By Mitch Peeke, Kevin Walsh-Johnson and Steven Jones, 2002.

The Lusitania Story - 2002

Unlike that of the Titanic, the sinking of the Lusitania was a man-made disaster, a deliberate act, and, therefore, a much bigger event in world history.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Majesty at Sea: The Four-Stackers by John J. Shaum, Jr. and William H. Flayhart III, 1981.

Majesty at Sea: The Four Stackers

The opulent and luxurious four-funnel passenger liners, of which only fourteen have ever been built, are unsurpassed in maritime history. Built between 1897 and 1921, these great vessels vied with each other in their standards of comfort, spaciousness, and speed, and great was the rivalry between their owners.

 

Front Cover, Merchant Fleets #9: Anchor Line, by Duncan Haws, 1986.

Anchor Line - Merchant Fleets #9

It contains a chronology of the main events in the company's history and a complete fleet list, which includes detailed technical data and a brief history of each vessel—copiously illustrated with Haws' specially produced scale profile drawings.

 

Front Cover, Merchant Fleets # 12: Cunard Line by Duncan Haws, 1987.

Cunard Line - Merchant Fleets #12

This volume is a rewrite and massive update of the series's second volume, which detailed the Cunard Line. It covers all 215 ships that have sailed under the company's flag up to 1986, with complete technical details and histories of every ship.

 

Front Cover, Merchant Fleets # 19: White Star Line (Oceanic Steam Navigation Company) by Duncan Haws, 1990.

White Star Line - Merchant Fleets # 19

Despite the misfortunes of the White Star Line, it is still regarded with esteem and affection. For those born after the end of White Star, this vol. is, therefore, deliberately comprehensive and definitive. There is the usual chronological company history. Seventy-four scale profile drawings illustrate each of the 98 ships. The career history of each ship is given.

 

Front Cover, Merchant Fleets # 32: Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand by Duncan Haws, 1987.

Union Steamship Company of New Zealand - Merchant Fleets #32

Volume 32 by Duncan Haws provides a complete fleet list of 315 ships and essential technical and career highlights. Two hundred eighteen scale illustrations cover all but 29 of the earlier or smaller vessels.

 

Front Cover, Merchant Fleets # 40: Italia 1881-2001 by Duncan Haws, 2001.

Italia 1881-2001 - Merchant Fleets # 40

Duncan Haws featured 494 ships and their history, with 149 profiles covering over 450 vessels. This book was the final volume in the Merchant Fleets series. It illustrated the convoluted history of the Italian Line.

 

Front Cover, Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals by Morton Allan, 1931.

Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals

This directory provides a ready means of ascertaining information that will be helpful, for it is arranged by year and steamship company, and there under by port of entry, the vessel name, its arrival date and port of embarkation.

 

Front Cover, My Ocean Liner: Across the North Atlantic on the Great Ship Normandie, A Story by Peter Mandel, Illustrated by Betsey MacDonald, 2000.

My Ocean Liner: Across the North Atlantic on the Great Ship Normandie

In 1939, nine-year-old Paul goes on a memorable five-day voyage from New York to France on the luxurious ocean liner Normandie, the biggest ship in the world. (Children's Book)

 

Front Cover, Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, 1857-1970, Volume 1. Cordillera Publishing Company (1994).

Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen 1857-1970, Volume One, History -- Fleet -- Ship Mails

"The first volume of Edwwin Drechsel's definitive and valuable work on the Norddeutscher Lloyd is informative in the true sense of the word, It goes into valuable details, such as naming ships and captains of new services, and their exploits. It has some remarkable pictures never seen elsewhere. Even a few of them are worth the price fo the book"

 

Front Cover, Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, 1857-1970, Volume 2.

Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen 1857-1970, Volume Two, History -- Fleet -- Ship Mails

The second volume begins with the years after World War One, The Great War, and the recovery after the war, starting from scratch to rebuild their steamship line. Although Norddeutscher Lloyd would again win the Blue Riband of the North Atlantic in 1929, the depression of the 1930s affected NDL as yet another crisis in ship ownership and management to which commercial shipping interests had always been prone. The ranks of transatlantic passenger carriers thinned out as large and small concerns went out of business.

 

Front Cover, Nordover Med Hurtigruten: Historie og Hverdagbilder Gjennon Nitti År by Reidar Stavseth, A history of the Norwegian coastal Steamers from approximately 1890 through 1982.

Nordover Med Hurtigruten: a History of the Norwegian Coastal Steamers from Approximately 1890 through 1982

Originally serving the distance from Trondheim to Hammerfest, the line was gradually extended. The Express now covers the 2000 kilometres from Bergen to Kirkenes.

 

Front Cover and Spine, North Atlantic Passenger Liners since 1900 by Nicholas T. Cairis, 1972.

North Atlantic Passenger Liners Since 1900

Material about the most prominent steamship companies on the Atlantic Ferry today and those that have been there for some time. Some Lines have diverse services to other oceans, seas, and continents.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Liner Collectibles with Price Guide by Myra Yellin Outwater, Photographs by Eric Boe Outwater, 1998.

Ocean Liner Collectibles

This book recreates the ambiance of the ocean linereraby showing the actual objects used on board. Each piece of ocean-liner memorabilia is like an aladdin's lamp, releasing wondrous memories of that grand style of travel.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style, Edited by Daniel Finamore and Ghislaine Wood in Association with The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 2017.

Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style

This beautifully illustrated book considers over a century of liner design, from the striking graphics created to promote liners to the triumphs of engineering and from luxurious interiors to onboard fashion and activities.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Ocean Liners of the 20th Century by Gordon Newell, 1963.

Ocean Liners of the 20th Century

This book imparts a bit of the glamor, majesty, and color of the most exciting things ever built by man: the Ocean Liners. Brief histories of most of the major shipping companies presently operating passenger liners are included.

 

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

Ocean Liners - Precursors, Apotheosis, Post War

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

 

Front Cover, Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970 by John Adams, 1993.

Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970

A history of the steam-powered passenger ship that details its story from the SS Savannah of 1819 to the SS Hamburg of 1969. It contains historical details of all civilian vessels built in the intervening years, with numerous illustrations and previously unpublished material.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Steamships: Popular Account Of Their Construction Development, Management And Appliances By Gould, Rideing, Seaton, Chadwick, Kelley and Hunt, 1891.

Ocean Steamships - 1891

With Ninety-six Illustrations. Few books will leave the press during this holiday season that are as solid and satisfying in their matter and as sumptuous in their form as this volume—over 30 High-Quality Images. Follow the Book' Description.

 

Front Cover, Passenger Liners Of The World Since 1893 By Nicholas T. Cairis, Revised Edition With Over 200 pictures, 1979.

Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893

The author here takes a nostalgic look back to the heyday of the passenger ship, providing a brief history of 211 ships of over 10,000 tons, together with specifications and technical details of each.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present by Eugene W. Smith, 1963.

Passenger Ships of the World - 1963

Passenger Ships of the World, 1963, represents an incredible resource covering passenger ships that are Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Trans-Pacific via Panama Canal, Latin American, Africa and the Eastern Oceans, and California-Hawaii.

 

Front Cover, The Peninsular and Oriental Line: Peeps at Great Steamship Lines by G. E. Mitton, 1913.

The Peninsular and Oriental Line: Peeps at Great Steamship Lines

When the East India Company began running boats regularly to Suez, the bold idea of competition in this line also occurred to the enterprising directors. They launched out on this most daring and costly scheme and became the Peninsular and Oriental Company.

 

Front Cover, Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994 by William H Miller, Jr., 417 Photographs, 1995.

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994

One of the most comprehensive pictorial references on ocean liners ever published, this superb chronicle by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., depicts and describes virtually every passenger ship of over 15,000 tons built between 1860 and the late 1900s.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of American Passenger Ships by William H. Miller, Jr., 2001.

Picture History of American Passenger Ships - 2001

Loving tribute to luxury liners documents more than 100 ships, including the Leviathan, the America, the Independence, the President Polk, and the United States. Detailed captions provide tonnage, speed, size, and passenger load information.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of British Ocean Liners 1900 to the Present by William H. Miller, 2001.

Picture History of British Ocean Liners: 1900 to the Present

Over 200 rare black-and-white illustrations provide views of the ships at sea and in port, glimpses of lavish staterooms, lounges, dining areas, onboard photos of celebrities and royalty, and much more.

 

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

Picture History of the French Line - 1997

This impressive pictorial reference, by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., includes a wealth of vintage photographs celebrating the legendary French Line.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships by William H. Miller, Jr., 2002.

Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships

Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships is a superbly illustrated volume that documents a long line of great ships--from "floating palaces" such as the Imperator (1913) and the Vaterland (1914) to such luxurious cruise ships as the Statendam (1957), Hamburg (1969), the remodeled Bremen (1990), and the new Deutschland (1998).

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Andrea Doria by William H. Miller, Jr., 2005.

Picture History of the Andrea Doria

Graceful, fast, and luxuriously outfitted, the Andrea Doria was one of the most famous ships of the 20th century. On July 26, 1956, three years after its inaugural voyage, the famous Italian liner was assured of an immortal place in maritime history after colliding with another vessel off the New England coast and sinking.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 by Frank O. Braynard and William H. Miller, Jr., 1990.

Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990

The Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 has over 180 photographs and illustrations showing the liners on the high seas and in port and depicting handsome staterooms, lounges, interior decor, and carefree life aboard ship.

 

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

Picture History of the French Line

This impressive pictorial reference, by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., includes a wealth of vintage photographs celebrating the legendary French Line.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of The Normandie With 190 Illustrations by Frank O. Braynard, 1987.

Picture History of The Normandie

This fabulous French champion, possibly the most extraordinary and the most glamorous liner ever built, had only a little over four years of commercial life before she was wrenched from her owners and destroyed by fire in one of history's most unfortunate blunders by the military.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Queen Mary And Queen Elizabeth By William H. Miller, Jr., 2004.

Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth

Powerful and fast Atlantic liners of the 1930s, this volume is packed with high-quality vintage photographs of the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth, from construction to heyday to eventual decline and their successor ships bearing the same name.

 

Front Cover: Picture History of the SS United States by William H. Miller, Jr.

Picture History of the SS United States

A comprehensive pictorial record of the SS United States that will appeal to maritime historians, this celebration of an American champion and centerpiece of national pride will also captivate ship lovers and anyone thrilled by sea travel.

 

Front Cover, Queen Mary, The Cunard White Star Quadruple-Screw Liner, Ocean Liners of the Past Reprint from The Shipbuilder & Marine Engine-Builder First Published in 1936.

Queen Mary, The Cunard White Star Quadruple-Screw Liner

The volume mainly comprises a facsimile reprint of a Souvenir Number of The Shipbuilder and Marine Engine-Builder. The original issue was dated June 1936 and was published to commemorate the maiden voyage of this much-loved ship.

 

Front Cover, Ravenscrag: The Allan Royal Mail Line by Thomas E. Appleton, 1974.

Ravenscrag: The Allan Royal Mail Line

Ravenscrag is the story of the Allans and of the great line of sail and steamships which bore their name, dominating the Canadian Atlantic routes for more than a century and making a major contribution to Canadian history.

 

Front Cover and Spine, The Red Star Line and International Mercantile Marine Company by Vernon Edmond William Finch, 1988.

The Red Star Line and the IMM

The Red Star Line, one of the oldest and best-known shipping lines ever to send ships out to sail the oceans, was founded in 1872 and liquidated in 1935.

 

Front Cover, The Romance of a Modern Liner by Captain E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.of the RMS Aquitania, 1930.

The Romance of a Modern Liner

With its four massive funnels and gigantic hull, which carries some 4,000 persons in one trip across the Atlantic, the Aquitania is undoubtedly a triumph of the shipbuilders' craft.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Sailing Seven Seas: A History of the Canadian Pacific Line by Peter Pigott, 2010.

Sailing Seven Seas: History of the Canadian Pacific Line

With a witty and informative style, author Peter Pigott evokes-not only the nostalgic heyday of ocean travel but reveals a slice of almost-forgotten Canadiana.

 

Front Cover, Ships of the Union-Castle Line by Laurence Dunn, 1954.

Ships of the Union-Castle Line

In this book, the author traced the fascinating history of the Union-Castle Line with the aid of many drawings and photos to show the development of the ships employed.

 

Front Cover, Spanning the Atlantic by F. Lawrence Babcock, 1931.

Spanning the Atlantic - Cunard Line

The uninterrupted progress of the Cunard Line, without retrogression and almost without mishap, stands beyond the possibility of envy as a matchless human achievement. F. Lawrence Babcock presents an early history of the Cunard Line with the social and cultural history of the passengers, officers, and crew.

 

Front Cover, Stars Aboard: Celebrities of Yesteryear Who Traveled Cunard Line During the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel by Elspeth Wills, 2003.

Stars Aboard: Celebrities of Yesteryear Who Traveled Cunard Line During the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel

This book profiles just a few of the celebrities who crossed on the great liners from 1930-1960 -- actors, entertainers, writers, starlets, world leaders and royalty.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Steamships and Their Story by E. Keble Chatterton with 153 Illustrations, 1910.

Steamships and Their Story

This book provides, in a narrative free from technical terms, a complete history of the development of steamships, showing the evolution of the modern ocean greyhound from the earliest experiments in marine engineering. The illustrations form a unique feature of this handsome volume.

 

Front Cover and Spine, The Story of P&O: The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company by David Howarth and Stephen Howarth, 1986.

The Story of P&O

P&O is as old as seagoing steamships, and its story weaves like a thread through the history of the British Empire. For 150 years, P&O has been one of the world's greatest shipping lines. Beginning with the mail contract to Gibraltar, P&O quickly became the natural way for generations of English men and women to travel to India and the Far East.

 

Front Cover, Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of the North Atlantic by John Malcolm Brinnin, 1971. Barnes & Nobel Hardcover Copy.

Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of the North Atlantic

History of the ocean liners of the North Atlantic crossings. A comprehensive history of Trans-Atlantic passenger ships covering 1818 - 1968, with 55 b/w illustrations, photos, and drawings.

 

 Front Cover and Spine, The Art of French Ocean Liners: The Triumph of Art Deco by Guillaume Morel, 2015.

The Art of French Ocean Liners: The Triumph of Art Deco

Embark as if you were there, on the liners France, Normandie, Paria, Liberie', Champollion, Aramio, André Lebon, Antilleo, or Ile-de-France, and share the daily lives of the passengers, but also that of all those who work in behind the scenes so that each crossing is an unforgettable dream.

 

Front Cover and Spine Plus, The Atlantic Liners 1925-70 by Frederick Earl Emmons, 1972.

The Atlantic Liners 1925-1970

THE ATLANTIC LINERS will be cherished by all the millions of Americans who love the sea. Frederick Emmons sketches the histories of every ocean liner that sailed between the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1970.

 

Front Cover and Spine, The Berengaria Exchange: The Lively Account of a Floating Stock Exchange During the Fateful Week of the 1929 Crash by Paul Knapp, 1972.

The Berengaria Exchange - 1929 Stock Market Crash

This particular trip aboard the Berengaria was to be like no other before or after it, for this was the week when the stock market plunged with the resounding crash that triggered the Great Depression and stripped many of the wealthy on board of everything.

 

Front Cover and Spine, The Blue Riband of the Atlantic by Tom Hughes, 1973.

The Blue Riband of the Atlantic

The blue riband of the Atlantic was the symbolic prize awarded to the luxury liner that made the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. This book begins with a description of the origins of ocean steamship travel and then discusses the development and careers of the most famous ships involved.

 

Front Cover, The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Express Liners -- from the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2 by John Maxtone-Graham with a Forward by Walter Lord, 1972.

The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Express Liners

The book profiles the opulent lifestyles aboard such floating palaces as Normandie, Rex, Olympic, Amerika, Queen Mary, France, Mauritania, Queen Elizabeth II, Imperator, and Titanic.

 

Front Cover, They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record, Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged by John P, Colletta, Ph.D., 1993.

They Came in Ships, 2nd Edition

Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. Before beginning, he tells you what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestors. He suggests where you may find that information.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years by Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, 2003.

Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years

Ocean Liners and New Vistas of Interwar Society From Immigrants to Tourists. The Changing Complexion of Translatlantic Passengers as The Soul of a Ship. Experience and Life of Below-Deck Personnel Traveling Palace or Floating Sweatshop. The Experience of Women Seafarers Projecting an Image: The Allure of MTransatlantic Travel.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Tramps & Ladies: My Early Years in Steamers by Sir James Bisset, Written in Collaboration with P. R. Stephensen, 1959.

Tramps & Ladies: My Early Years in Steamers

This volume concerns the author's life at sea in tramp steamers and then as an officer of the famous Cunard Line in their fashionable transatlantic service. It culminates with Sir James's experiences of the saving of the survivors from the Titanic in 1912.

 

Hardback Front Cover and Spine, Transatlantic: Samuel Cunard, Isambard Brunel, and the Great Atlantic Steamships by Stephen Fox, 2003.

Transatlantic and the Great Atlantic Steamships

A stirring narrative of the rapid development of the great transatlantic steamships, from paddle-wheelers to the sleek luxury greyhounds of the modern era -- and the men who designed and ran them.

 

Front Cover, Union-Castle Liners From Great Britain to Africa 1946-1977 by William H. Miller, 2013.

Union-Castle Liners From Great Britain to Africa 1946-1977

Carrying passengers and cargo, including the all-important mail, was a byword in travel - 'every Thursday at 4' as one of the big Union-Castle liners set off for Cape Town and beyond.

 

Front Cover, U.S. Steamships: A Picture Postcard History by Frank O. Braynard with an Introduction by Wlater Cronkite, 1991.

US Steamships: A Picture Postcard History

Over many years, Postcards were collected for the message, history, and the scene. As a result of these collecting interests, we have a valuable source of information relating to many subjects, including steamships, from a historical, technical, and artistic perspective. The Postcards in this book provide a chronological history of U.S. Steamships.

 

Front Cover and Spine, When Luxury Went to Sea by Douglas Phillips-Birt, 1971.

When Luxury Went to Sea

The liners of this age served the route of gold linking Europe with the brazenly rich United States of America, where a new class of person was learning how to spend money as lavishly as any Old World rentier.

 

Front Cover, The Wilson Line / Ellerman's Wilson Line Limited by Arthur G. Credland, 2000.

The Wilson Line by Arthur G. Credland

Founded in the early nineteenth century, the Wilson Line became the world's largest privately owned steamship fleet. Based in Hull, its leading trade was carrying passengers and cargo to and from Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

 

Front Cover, The Wilson Line of Hull 1831-1981: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Arthur G. Credland and Michael Thompson, 1994.

The Wilson Line of Hull 1831-1981

The book traces the development of the Line under the Wilson family, with sections on ports of call, ships lost during both World Wars, wrecks, and ships in the news. Much of the book comprises a detailed fleet list, and the text is supported throughout by over 100 photographs and illustrations, some in color.

 

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