The American Line: Pioneers of Ocean Travel

This book presents the largely unknown early history (1870-1900) of the American Steamship Company-an extremely colorful and eventful time replete with disasters and triumphs. The story of the development of the American Merchant Marine remains one of the most glorious chapters in the early history of the United States. Up until the Civil War the American sailing ships carried the Stars and Stripes around the world with honor to the nation and profit to their owners

Picture History of the French Line;

Once again, William Miller has put together an excellent volume regarding the history of ocean liners, this time those of the CGT. This latest release contains extraordinary b&w photographs and text thoroughly covering the history of every magor CGT liner and most secondary ships from the Washington to the France (1961)

Great Luxury Liners, 1927-1954;

The great luxury liners are all but extinct today, a glorious closed chapter in the history of transportation. This sumptuous volume recalls that splendid time when the great steamers were the proudest ships afloat. Over 180 superb photographs (many never before published and rare) depict, both exterior and interior, a total of 101 ships, such as the LEVIATHAN, MAURETANIA, ILE DE FRANCE, QUEEN MARY and many others.

Monarchs of the Sea : The Great Ocean Liners

This beautiful book documents the history of the great ocean liners, from accounts of early ocean-crossing vessels such as the Mayflower to modern state-of-the-art cruise liners used exclusively for holiday travel. The great ships--including Imperator, Île de France, Normandie, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth--are portrayed as ambassadors for their countries of origin, with each ship epitomizing the designs and fashions of its age as it competes in terms of elegance, luxury, technology, and speed. Monarchs of the Sea is well documented and full of interesting facts, figures, and personal accounts. Wonderful photographs, plans, and cutaways have been included. This is a book that anyone with an interest in maritime history should have.

BallardThe Discovery of the Titanic;          
by Robert D. Ballard, Rick Archbold

As Woods Hole oceanographer Robert Ballard demonstrates in his absorbing, profusely illustrated book about his years-long hunt for the wreck of the Titanic, science isn't all that different from Hollywood. Just as a Hollywood type--say, the director whose quest to make the world's most expensive film is chronicled in Paula Parisi's Titanic and the Making of James Cameron--must use the cachet of his studio connections to raise cash, a Woods Hole scientist must use that eminent institution's reputation to win financing for his or her projects. Like the movie that sprang from the finding of the wreck, Ballard's scientific exploration is a tale of triumph against long odds. He's also got some good historical data on the drama of the sinking. Here are a few ear-witness accounts of the moment of the iceberg's impact on the Titanic

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