New from Les Streater - VATERLAND 1913-1917, LEVIATHAN 1917-1938

Built by Blohm & Voss for Hamburg Amerika, Vaterland was the second in Ballin's planned trio to dominate passenger service on the North Atlantic. Unfortunately, after only seven crossings, the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 destroyed this plan. Trapped in New York harbour at the outbreak of the war, she was interned by the U.S. authorities until 1917, when, with the entry of America in the global conflict, she was seized, renamed Leviathan and hastily converted as a troopship to carry 'Doughboys' across to the battlefields of Europe. With the Armistice, she continued as a trooper, this time returning troops to their homeland. She was then laid up in Hoboken, while arguments raged over who should take her on, and who should operate her. Eventually rebuilt under the inspired leadership of W.F. Gibbs and his brother, Frederick, in 1923 she emerged as a completely rebuilt luxury liner, sailing under American colours.
   Although she often enjoyed high passenger numbers, the effects of Prohibition and immigration quotes, alongside numbing levels of government bureaucracy, and excessive levels of catering and a very high crew-to-passenger ratio, meant that for much of her service life she made losses on crossing after crossing. Eventually sold to private ownership, it was too late for an aging liner that was too big to operate with any financial success.
  Laid up for a large part of her life, she never enjoyed the commercial success of her sisters. She was denied the opportunity to once again serve as a troopship in the Second World War, as she was scrapped just as the situation in Europe began to deteriorate into another world conflict.        

This work provides a comprehensive history of this famous liner from the heyday of the grand Atlantic passenger liners.
AQUITANIA - Cunard's Greatest Dream

She was known as "The Ship Beautiful". Undoubtedly one of the most famous liners of all time, the story of Cunard's Aquitania has become that off legend. From the events that led to her construction, through the years serving her country in two World Wars, to her ultimate demise at the hands of the scrappers torch, her entire life is told in this meticulously researched book. Chock full of hundreds of photos, this book is a must for any Aquitania fan. Hardback 160 pages, fold out deck plans.
IMPERATOR 1913-1921 / BERENGARIA 1921-1938

This expanded, updated and much larger version of Les' 2001 book, "Berengaria - Cunard's Happy Ship" is the most detailed and well-illustrated account of the famous Hapag/Cunard liner. From her inception to her scrapping, all aspects of the ship's career are covered in this meticulously researched book. New information, as well as nearly 200 additional photos and illustrations makes this a must for any liner fan. Hardback, 200 pages, over 700 photographs.
CANADIAN EMPRESSES - A Chronology, Volume 1 1889-1939

Covers the years from 1889 to 1939. Offering U.S. tourists and diplomats the shorter route to Europe, as well as easy access to a new land for emigrants, the Canadian Empresses had a major influence on the design of ships and shipping for nearly a hundred years. This lavishly illustrated book create a timeline that follows all the Empresses in chronological order. It looks at the design and construction of each vessel, the interiors and life on board, and events surrounding their careers. Hardback, 186 pages, hundreds of photographs.
CANADIAN EMPRESSES - A Chronology, Volume 2 1939-1971

Volume 2 of the Canadian Empresses starts at the outbreak of World War Two. It comprehensively covers the liners' sterling service throughout the conflict, with full details of the loss of Empress of Britain and Empress of Asia. With the return of peace, it looks at the rebuilding of the Atlantic service, the loss of Empress of Russia and Empress of Canada. It follows the post-war Empresses of England, Britain and Canada throughout the 1960s and 70s, including their final years and scrapping.Hardback, 186 pages, hundreds of photographs.
L'ATLANTIQUE - Queen of the South Atlantic

One of history's most lavishly decorated liners, Sud Atlantique's L'Atlantique career was cut short just after 17 months of service. In this book Les tells the ship's story from beginning to end including a brief history of Sud Atlantique, her construction and career, her incredible interiors, details and investigation of the fire that took her life, and her scrapping. Profusely illustrated. Softback, 120 pages, 300 photographs.

In this anthology of famous liners, Les takes us through the lives of 200 of history's most important ships. Starting with Inman Line's beautiful City of Rome and culminating 89 years later with Cunard's QE2, Les has, in his usual, meticulous style, given liner enthusiasts a major source of reference. Include a brief history, specifics and several photos of each ship. Hardback, 162 pages, hundreds of photographs.
NORMANDIE - France Afloat, Volume 1

Volume 1: Concept, Construction and Trials. Covers the early history of CGT and the reasons behind the design and building of the ship. Also examines the need for a new hull design, method of propulsion and the new slip and dry dock needed to accommodate the vessel. From keel laying to trials, all aspects of Normandie's construction are covered. This volume also covers engineering and crew areas. Hardback, 126 pages, 550 photographs.
NORMANDIE - France Afloat, Volume 2

Volume 2: Public Rooms and Accommodations. The reader follows a first class passenger as they board the liner and then accompanies them from bow to stern. Deluxe suites, including the luxurious Deauville and Trouville suites, terrace cabins, and standard doubles and singles are also covered. Second and third class public areas and cabins are examined, as our crew accommodations as well as the captain's quarters. Hardback, 128 pages, 382 photographs, fold-out deck plans.
NORMANDIE - France Afloat, Volume 3

Volume 3: 1935 - The Maiden Season. This volume covers the festivities in preparation for Normandie's maiden voyage from Le Havre, the ship's departure, her call at Southampton, as well as the triumphant arrival at New York. Normandie's entire first momentous season is examined. Also covered is her dry docking for a refit that would help to eliminate her troublesome vibration, and increase her time beyond that of Cunard's Queen Mary. Hardback, 144 pages, 600 photographs.
NORMANDIE - France Afloat, Volume 4

Volume 4: 1936 to 1939. This installment takes a look at the next four seasons as Normandie settled into regularly crossing the North Atlantic. Also covered are the epic battles between Queen Mary over the Blue Riband, to which she reluctantly had to concede defeat. She also undertook to stunning cruises to Rio in 1938 and 1939. Events surrounding Normandie also covered, including the fires on board Paris and Lafayette, and the build up to the outbreak of World War Two. Hardback, 148 pages, 550 photographs.
NORMANDIE - France Afloat, Volume 5

Volume 5: Fire, Salvage and Demolition. This final volume covers Normandie's internment in New York for conversion into the troop carrier Lafayette and her devastating demise at the hands of incompetents. Also covered is the near super-human task of salvaging Normandie and she lay on her side in the mud at New York City's pier 88. Her demolition at the Lipsett scrapyard in New Jersey brings an end to the story of what was perhaps the greatest ocean liner ever.  Hardback, 152 pages, 550 photographs.
QUEEN MARY - From Blueprint to Blue Riband

This covers the early years of Queen Mary to when she wrestled the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing from her rival Normandie. This 192 page book contains nearly 500 photos (many of which are previously unpublished), and takes the reader step by step through the design, construction and fitting out of the liner. Her 1936 maiden voyage is thoroughly covered, as is the taking of the famed Blue Riband. Hardback 192 pages 500 photographs.
QUEEN MARY - 1936-1947 In Peacetime & Wartime

This lavishly illustrated book covers the life of Queen Mary after she won the Blue Riband in 1936 through her years as a troop transport in World War Two. Complemented by hundreds of rare photographs and pieces of memorabilia, this book is a must for any fan of the most famous 3 stacker in history. Hardback, over 350 photos.

In the years between the two world wars, vessels flying the Red Duster were pre-eminent. In 1932, E.C. Talbot-Booth attempted a record of all ships and companies in his now famous book, Ships of the British Merchant Navy. This work expands his original selection and traces each vessels subsequent career as far as possible. After years of painstaking research and hours spent pouring through libraries on the Internet, Les has managed to track all but a handful of ships in Talbot-Booth's original work. Hardback, 188 pages, 800 photographs.

Covers the 5 German greyhounds Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse of 1897, Deutschland of 1900, Kronprinz Wilhelm of 1901,  Kaiser Wilhelm II of 1903, and finally, Kronprinzessin Cecilie of 1907. All five ships are covered in chronological order and includes not only their peacetime triumphs, but also their wartime service as raiders and troop transports, and then to their ultimate demise. Hardback, 140 pages, 500 photographs.
S.S. UNITED STATES - America's Superliner

In this volume, Les tells the story of America's greatest ocean liner: the S.S. United States, the fastest passenger ship in history. Accompanied by hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos, the life of the "Big U" has been meticulously researched down to the smallest detail, making this work one of the most comprehensive ever published. Hardback, 260 pages.
WHITE STAR LINE - The Company & the Ships

A look into the development, growth, and decline of one of the most famous shipping lines in history, this book covers White Star Line's highlights, successes, mishaps, and tragedies. It also details the careers of all of their ships, including photos of most, as well as samples of passenger lists, contemporary advertising and publicity material. The reader will gain a better understanding of how White Star went from operating small, wooden cargo ships, to running the largest, most luxurious liners in the world. Hardback, 256 pages, hundreds of photos.
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BISMARCK 1914-1922, MAJESTIC 1922-1936, CALEDONIA 1936-1939

Built by Blohm & Voss as Bismarck for Hamburg-Amerika, she was to have been the third in a magnificent trio planned by Albert Ballin to make his company pre-eminent on the North Atlantic. Ceded to White Star Line as reparation for war losses, she was renamed Majestic and entered service for the prestigious service between Southampton New York. This work provides a comprehensive history of this famous liner from the heyday of the grand Atlantic passenger liners. Hardback, 210 pages, three A3 throw out deck plans, over 500 photographs.