The Great Atlantic Liners
by William H. Miller
From the mid-1890s a race was on between the merchant navies of the recently unified Germany, Britain and France. That race was to make the most luxurious and fastest ocean liners.
The process continued into the 1930s, with the Empress of Britain and the fabulously art Deco Normandie, the finest and most expensive liner ever built, and designed to be a showcase for all that was France, as well as with the Queen Mary, a rather more traditional vessel, but one, nonetheless, which pushed the boundaries of design away from the traditional country house look of the Edwardian era. Each new vessel brought with it the finest of interiors, from the plush and palatial to the modern look of the time. Even today, the influence of these floating palaces can still be seen in vessels such as Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and the multitude of new cruise vessels, all vying for the public’s interest and affection.
The large liners were truly floating palaces, and here, William H. Miller brings together a collection of fabulous images of the finest ships ever built, showcasing the style and elegance of a time when ‘getting there was half the fun’.
This is a good book backed up with some interesting photos and I would highly recommend it to our readers.
Published byAmberley Publications The Hill Merrywalks Stroud Glos. GL5 4EP www.amberley-books.com
Paperback: 168mm x 246mm, 128 pp illustrated