William H Miller has written many books on golden age of transatlantic travel. He lives in Secaucus, New Jersey, but is as likely to be found lecturing aboard a cruise ship. He regularly appears on television and has been heavily involved in the work to preserve the SS United States.
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"Ah Yes, I Remember It Well..."11 Jan. 2015
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I was fortunate enough to be on four of the '08 voyages mentioned in this book, 12 April QE2 and 22 April QM2, which is primarily why I bought this, and the final poignant tandem crossings, westbound QM2 and final eastbound QE2.
This book reads more like a recollection from that last year with pages from a dated journal, which is nicely different beginning with January '08, and finishing in November of the same year. Interjected in grey boxes are special notations, and a brief mention with quotes from QE2's then resident Bea Muller. Another section describes hotel manager John Duffy. He journals the sailing out on 12 April, and I wish he'd have used my NY skyline photo from that evening as it depicts exactly what he is describing. I remember it being quite an unusual evening departure, atmospherically sublime, as he was narrating the moments.
There are wonderful, but smallish, photos of QE2, QM2, and Queen Victoria in those final years of QE2, as well as many earlier construction and historical photos of the other ships like Queens Mary and Elizabeth. There are some nice B/W harbour photos in NY from earlier years that left me wanting them larger (coffee table sized). However, most other photos are in colour. The one photo of QE2's July '69 visit on page 12 leaves me to wonder if that was the voyage that brought Actress Sharon Tate back from Europe a couple of weeks before her tragic murder, as she did sail back on a July '69 crossing aboard QE2. Included are several other personal photos that shouldn't be missed.
The book wasn't as large as I expected, not like his others in the liners series, but it is quaint and special. The pages aren't glossy, but rather matte, giving it more of an artisan feel, almost like a postcard book, but larger. I'm very selective about what I buy, and this one didn't disappoint.