I bought this to find out more about a ship associated with my family (on the last voyage) and wanted to learn more. What an eye opener!
Now I can understand why the Lusitania was in the public eye at the time, a spectacular and technical innovation of her day and at the very top end of trans-Atlantic technology and comfort. This book opens up the full detail in the construction and operation of the world's fastest ship and, althought the Mauretania may have overtaken shortly afterwards, this pair of ships operated for many years at the very front of top-line service. More than anything else, this book shows what the Lusitania delivered in routine day to day service for Cunard and why it was the envy of the world at the time, crossing the Atlantic ocean year-in year-out.
The disaster ending the Lusitania is described as it happened, we can only wonder if and how the Lusitania might have fared if she'd survived like the Mauretania into oil propulsion in place of coal. Both ships used coal originally, and the Lusitania was renowned for its airy and original fittings compared with the dark wood of the latter.
If anyone wants an insight into how great service was provided to cross to and from America before plane travel, this is it. A definitive book which I will keep for reference for many years. Very good indeed.
Anyone interested in the great liners (the Titanic came and went while the Lusitania sailed) will find this book totally enlightening.