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Brilliant, comprehensive and evenly-balanced
on 6 May 2014
Very nearly sized for the coffee table and lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings and graphics covering construction, features and the working lives of the ships. Posters and other materials by which the voyages were sold are also included.
A valuable history of what were to be the last three ships ordered by the once great White Star Line. The loss of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic and approximately two-thirds of its passengers and crew, and the resulting criticisms levied at the company caused many of the line's potential passengers to cancel bookings and seek passage on other lines' ships. That, and the results of the Official Enquiry into the loss led to the company's collapse and it later merged with a major competitor, Cunard. A second ship from the class, Britannic, was later lost during WW1 to a mine and only Olympic had a usefully long working life into the 30s.
This book is a biography of the three vessels and the company itself. Although the Titanic is by far the most familiar of the company's ships, if not the best-known of all twentieth Century ocean liners, the author does not over-concentrate on that vessel alone but has tried to be equally fair to all three.
Much of the story of the ships, their features and designs and the facilities on offer - they were originally intended to be identical, but design changes were made in the light of experience - is included.
For anyone with any interest in the Titanic or its sister ships, White Star or ocean-going liners in general may find much that is useful and interesting in this book.