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L'Atlantique [Paperback]

Les Streater
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1 Oct 2005
A history of L'Atlantique

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752428373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752428376
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 24.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Les Streater has been writing for many years on famous liners of the past.
He has written three books on Queen Mary, and two on Aquitania. Also from Cunard's past was a book on Imperator, later to become Berengaria.
His next book con­tinued his interest in the great liners of the past, featuring the Art Deco liner L'Atlantique, lost to fire in 1933.
He has also completed a major five-volume series on Normandie, totalling over 700 pages - a comprehensive record covering the design, construction and service through to the fire, salvage and demolition.
He also wrote on the five German greyhounds - the four-funnelled express liners that tore across the Atlantic at the turn of the twentieth century. He has since completed two volumes covering the Canadian Pacific Empresses, from the first White Empresses to the scrapping of the final three liners.
His most recent book has been on the complete life of SS United States, the last liner to hold the fabled Blue Riband.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fully-researched document! 19 Jun 2014
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Completed in 1931, the French built L’Atlantique was a passenger liner of 42,512 grt with four propellers and accommodation for 1,156 passengers in three classes plus a crew of 663. Unfortunately, her lavish internal décor was not matched by either her design or performance and she soon came to be regarded as looking more like the archetypal toy boat than a serious passenger-iner. In a bid to remove some of the stigma attached to the ship, her funnels were heighted within her first year for no other reason that to try and change the ship’s appearance.

During a short voyage to Le Havre for dry-dock repairs with no passengers and a reduced crew, at 0330 hrs 4 January 1933, when approx. 22 miles from Guernsey, fire broke out on board. In spite of the efforts of those on board, the fire was not contained and the ship was abandoned at 0800 hrs. Some men were trapped on board and others perished when their lifeboat failed. Altogether 19 lives were lost. After two days, the fire burned out and the ship was towed to Cherbourg before eventually being scrapped in Scotland.

It was, therefore, a tragically short-lived career and, had it not been such a large ship, she might easily have been forgotten by history. Instead author Les Streater has produced just about as much information regarding the vessel as one might hope to find.

As mentioned elsewhere, one of my current projects involves researching passenger vessels - past and present and I purchased this work because I knew so little about this particular ship. Very rarely does anyone provide so many images for a single ship - and I am grateful for the amount of research undertaken to source those which are found here. In one instance, I counted 8 images on one page.

Altogether, therefore, we have a fully-researched document which, although somewhat disjointed in places, does nevertheless, provide all the information required - and that is always valuable.

NM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story of a liner's brief career 22 Nov 2006
By David Banshee - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say enough good things about this book. Not much has been written about the tragically short career of L'Atlantique, but Les Streater does a stunning job of pulling it all together. I had only seen 3 or 4 of the pictures he features - you can't believe the quality. After an introduction focusing on the beginnings of her owners, Les writes of how L'Atlantique came to be. I was left wondering what could have been for this doomed liner - further success on her South American route? War time service during WWII? Who knows - if you are an ocean liner enthusiast, you need this book, and anything else Les has written.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent book 14 May 2011
By Scott D. baus - Published on Amazon.com
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Here was a liner that was the style forerunner to the Normandie and i knew nothing about it.this wonderful book brought it to life vividly.i would buy anything from the author.it was meticulously put together,not just thrown together to just put something out.marine authors take note of how it should be done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fully-researched document! 19 Jun 2014
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Completed in 1931, the French built L’Atlantique was a passenger liner of 42,512 grt with four propellers and accommodation for 1,156 passengers in three classes plus a crew of 663. Unfortunately, her lavish internal décor was not matched by either her design or performance and she soon came to be regarded as looking more like the archetypal toy boat than a serious passenger-iner. In a bid to remove some of the stigma attached to the ship, her funnels were heighted within her first year for no other reason that to try and change the ship’s appearance.

During a short voyage to Le Havre for dry-dock repairs with no passengers and a reduced crew, at 0330 hrs 4 January 1933, when approx. 22 miles from Guernsey, fire broke out on board. In spite of the efforts of those on board, the fire was not contained and the ship was abandoned at 0800 hrs. Some men were trapped on board and others perished when their lifeboat failed. Altogether 19 lives were lost. After two days, the fire burned out and the ship was towed to Cherbourg before eventually being scrapped in Scotland.

It was, therefore, a tragically short-lived career and, had it not been such a large ship, she might easily have been forgotten by history. Instead author Les Streater has produced just about as much information regarding the vessel as one might hope to find.

As mentioned elsewhere, one of my current projects involves researching passenger vessels - past and present and I purchased this work because I knew so little about this particular ship. Very rarely does anyone provide so many images for a single ship - and I am grateful for the amount of research undertaken to source those which are found here. In one instance, I counted 8 images on one page.

Altogether, therefore, we have a fully-researched document which, although somewhat disjointed in places, does nevertheless, provide all the information required - and that is always valuable.

With reference to some adverse comments posted elsewhere. This ship was lost in 1933 when cameras were not as plentiful as they are today and photography not as advanced as we have now come to expect. All historic images are valuable and very few in this work can be criticised in any event. As far as the language is concerned, that is just a question of “you say tomatoes!”

NM
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Aug 2011
By A Boston Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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OK: so I admit to you - I'm a sucker for these kinds of books. Odd studies of interesting liners promising pictures I have never seen before make me want to plunk down 30 bucks. But again and again, I am disappointed. Why? Because these works are essentially amateur publishing efforts. The text is well researched, no doubt; the prose passable (though the back cover contains the dreadful first line "Always an unlucky company, Compangnie de Navigation Sud Atlantique were often..." WERE? Where's the editor?!!!) but the real problem is the layout and pictures. Both are abominable. This volume probably has 200 plus pictures of the Atlantique, most of which you have never seen. And most of which, you will NEVER see because they are 3" x 2" fuzzy photo reductions. Just peer into the mist of time, and wish. This is the kind of book that should be published online, for FREE. And will be. Save your 30 bucks
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to an ocean liner collection 6 Dec 2013
By R. Lepien - Published on Amazon.com
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A rare volume on a ship that lived a tragically short life - most people have never heard of her - but she is one of the greatest ships in the history of the Atlantic trade - although she was built for the South American trade - and not the more famous North Atlantic - although her exteriors were unremarkable - her interiors rivaled the great "Normandie" - a "must" book for people interested in the great liners.
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