The Edwardian Superliners

The Edwardian Superliners

A Trio of Trios

Book - 2012
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Three sets of ocean liners, each destined to be of three vessels, dominated the Atlantic in the Edwardian era. The race to build the biggest and the best began with Mauretania and Lusitania in 1906, followed by the White Star Line's Olympic and Titanic in 1911-12. Each of these pairs was to see a larger sister, developed as a result of changes needed or desired as a result of operating the two earlier vessels, with Cunard's being Aquitania and White Star's, the ill-fated Britannic. Germany's answer to these British behemoths was the Albert-Ballin designed trio of Imperator, Vaterland and Bismarck.

Through misfortune or war, two of these vessels would sink but the others led useful lives, with Aquitania surviving two world wars before being scrapped. Designed to be the absolute engineering achievements of their time, these nine vessels dominated the Atlantic.

J. Kent Layton tells the story of the Edwardian Superliners in this fabulously illustrated volume, showcasing many images previously unpublished and never before seen. Rarely can one describe a book as definitive, but this volume truly deserves the accolade.

Publisher: Stroud : Amberley, 2012.
ISBN: 9781848688353
Branch Call Number: 623.82432 Layton 10/2012
Characteristics: 440 p., [8] p. of col. plates :,ill. ;,31 cm.


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Oct 05, 2017

A great book for others interested in this time period and these liners. A great book for anyone looking to or needing to learn more about them. It has more pictures of the different liners featured than any other book I've read or seen. Very well written, the author was only 30 years old when he wrote it. Hate to think of bad they polluted the air, but nothing else is more nostalgic than seeing photos of these ships with black smoke pouring out of all four funnels! Definitely check it out and take a look.


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