The Fleet 1840-2004: Cunard's Flagships and Floating Palaces from the Earliest Days of Steam to "Queen Mary 2"

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The Fleet 1840-2004 is a new pictorial pocket guide to the ships that made the Cunard name so famous. Over 150 illustrations, etchings and photographs are packed into its 160 pages, offering a fresh and fascinating insight into the Cunard ships, passengers and crew.

Starting with Britannia in 1840 it shows the evolution of ocean travel through to Queen Mary 2, the worlds largest passenger liner, telling the story of 60 of Cunard's most famous ships. It also features a handy fact-file and biography for every one of Cunard's passenger fleet since 1840.

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This is a great collection of the 60 ships that made the Cunard name so famous, from Samuel Cunard's first commission to build a safe and comfortable boat in Britannia, to the worlds largest passenger vessel, Queen Mary 2. Commissioned illustrations, new research and unique photographs tell the story of Cunard's greatest liners. Whether it's heart break or heroism, drama or dreams, each liner has a story to tell. This is the third book in the successful series from openthebook.com exploring Cunard's heritage and history. The Fleet 1840 - 2004 follows on from Queen Mary 2, Book of Comparisons and Stars Aboard and takes an informative look at Cunard's greatest liners.

Written by renowned historical author and researcher Elspeth Wills, The Fleet 1840 - 2004 captures the character of the ships, as much of her new research is based on interviews with crew members or sourcing archive diaries and accounts of time on board the ship. It gives the book a personable feel as different eras of ocean travel are explored and explained.

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The Fleet 1840 - 2004 sums up the illustrious history of the Cunard shipping line through the hundreds of vessels that plied the Atlantic or called in at far flung ports. From Britannia, the very first Cunarder, to the latest Queen, these great ships are recalled in words and pictures.

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