Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships (2002)
By William H. Miller, Jr.
From the Publisher
Superbly illustrated volume documents long line of great ships--from "floating palaces" such as the Imperator (1913) and the Vaterland (1914) to such luxurious cruise ships as the Statendam (1957), Hamburg (1969), the remodeled Bremen (1990), and the new Deutschland (1998). 178 rare illustrations offer views of ships at sea and in ports as well as glimpses of elegant lounges, cocktail bars, staterooms, and dining rooms. Extensive captions provide data on tonnage, size, speed, and other characteristics.
From the Back Cover
Two of the most active and distinguished maritime countries of the twentieth century were Germany and the Netherlands. The passenger shipping lines of these countries were especially hard hit by the wars, depression, and other upheavals of the first half of the century, and then, facing massive competition from airlines in the 1960s and ’70s, underwent a metamorphosis. The cruising trade, in its infancy at mid-century, became the main business of the passenger liners by the century’s end.
This superbly illustrated volume documents the long line of great German and Dutch ships—from “floating palaces” such as the Imperator (1913) and the Vaterland (1914) to such luxurious cruise ships as the Statendam (1957), Hamburg (1969), the remodeled Bremen (1990), and the new Deutschland (1998).
Here also are impressive photos of the German-built Bismarck, renamed the Majestic by the British after World War I; the Willem Ruys (1947), with first- class quarters among the finest on the Dutch-Indonesian route; and the Rotterdam (1959), which brought new standards of luxury and comfort to the Atlantic trade with its 12 passenger decks, air-conditioned accommodations, and shopping arcades.
One hundred seventy-eight rare black-and-white illustrations offer views of ships at sea and in port, as well as glimpses of elegant lounges, cocktail bars, staterooms, and dining rooms; while extensive captions provide history as well as data on tonnage, size, speed, and other characteristics. A preface by Arnold Kludas, a leading German authority on maritime history, is also included. Maritime historians and ship lovers will find this comprehensive pictorial record immensely appealing, as will anyone captivated by ships and sea travel.
Original Dover (2002) publication. Introduction. Preface by Arnold Kludas. Captions. Bibliography. Index. 178 photographs. 128pp. 87/s x IP/4. Paperbound.
- Foreword by Arnold Kludas
- Photo Credits
- Chapter 1: The 1920s: Revival and Renewal / 1
- Chapter 2: The 1930s: Economics, Politics and the Eve of War / 22
- Chapter 3: The 1940s: War, Destruction and Decline / 63
- Chapter 4: The 1950s: Rebirth and Rebuilding / 70
- Chapter 5: The 1960s: A Shift in Trades / 95
- Chapter 6: The Modern Age of Cruising / 100
- Bibliography / 116
- Index of Ships / 117
Library of Congress Catalog Listing
- ix, 118 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
- 0486420639 (pbk.)
LC classification (full)
- VM381 .M449826 2002
LC classification (partial)
- Ocean liners--Germany--History--20th century--Pictorial works.
- Ocean liners--Netherlands--History--20th century--Pictorial works.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 116) and index.
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