by William H. Miller
The early 1930s could not have been worse for shipping. With the coming of the Depression, the North Atlantic had grown very short of its most precious commodity – passengers. Ships began to sail half-full, and sometimes even emptier, and future prospects were bleak. Both Cunard and its nearest rival, the White Star Line, were hard hit, with too many ships against far too few occupied passenger berths. Called upon to assist, the British government authorised a loan of £9.5 million, on condition that Cunard and White Star merge.
Cunard-White Star Line formed on 1st January 1934 and lasted until 1949. Cunard’s fifteen liners were joined by a further ten from White Star and these twenty-five ships included such legendary names as the Mauretania, Aquitania, Olympic, Majestic, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
In this book, William H. Miller offers a nostalgic review of the ships of the Cunard- White Star Line in Cunard’s 175th anniversary year. This is a nice book about some of the great liners of these two fleets, some of which are often forgotten. Backed up by some good photographs it makes a useful addition to the library of any ship lover.
Paperback: 170mm x 248mm, 128 pp illustrated