Near Fine. 9 1/4" x 6 1/2" 96 Pages. No defects noted to this used book in Near Fine condition. Interior text and illustration pages are flawless. Color photographs on every page. In May 1996, over 700 ocean liner enthusiasts boarded the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2, the QE2 to almost everyone, at New York City's Passenger Ship Terminal. Most of them were filled with enthusiasm, that certain spark of life's excitement when a ship is about to sail, no matter how short the voyage. Many brought all sorts of photographic equipment to record the ship and her voyage, a 5-day long holiday weekend down to Bermuda and back. A few brought cherished items of maritime memorabilia: photos and post cards, china ashtrays and those extendable deck plans, teacups and miniature models. A few brought along notes and slides for the lectures they would give about the ship herself, her owners, immortal predecessors like the Queen Mary and her great rival, the Normandie, and another on New York harbour itself. It was a gala affair, one that succeeded beyond expectations, and was perhaps the largest gathering of ocean liner aficionados aboard one ship yet. While the purpose was a commemorative, the sixtieth anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Mary back in 1936, it was also celebrating the extraordinary QE2. At twenty-seven, she herself had become an aging legend-the last trans-Atlantic superliner, the last big Cunarder on the same route. The Liverpool-based Cunard Steamship Company Limited dominated the prestigious North Atlantic route between Northern Europe and North America. 1958 was the pinnacle for them and all others. That same October, the first commercial jet flew to Europe. It was the beginning of a quick end. Within six months, the airlines had two-thirds of all Atlantic clientele. Cunard's fleet went into rapid decline. By 1968, all that remained was the original and faded Elizabeth. This book is a photographic history of that rise and fall. Contents: The Greatest Ship in the World, The Legendary Queen Elizabeth 2, Facts an Figures QE2, Chronological History, Ship's Particulars, Acknowledgements, Photographic Acknowledgements, and Bibliography.
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