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A book about French passenger ships? Here you will find maritime books about the history, shipping companies and ocean liners from France.

Great French Passenger Ships

France produced some of the finest and best-decorated passenger ships of the twentieth century. Beginning in 1912 with the four-funnel France, the nostalgic voyage continues with the great and grand transatlantic liners of the French Line, the CGT. These include the famous Île-de-France, Normandie and Liberté, as well as the lesser passenger ships of the French Line.

In addition, focus is given to Compagnie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique, Transports Maritimes and Chargeurs Réunis operating important South American routes and to Messageries Maritimes running in Africa, the East and the South Pacific.

Packed full of nostalgic reminiscence of great ship days gone by, the book explores majestic liners, mail boats to Africa and colonial steamers to Saigon. Presenting many previously unpublished images alongside insightful text and anecdotes, William H. Miller brings the reader on board France's greatest transatlantic liners.

Author:William H. Miller
Specs:96 pages, 22.5 x 25 cm / 8.9 x 9.8 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and 50 colour photographs
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2014)
EAN:9780752491523
Book: Great French Passenger Ships

Great French Passenger Ships

Language: English

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Une ligne mythique: Paquebots français et britanniques sur l'Atlantique Nord entre 1890 et 1940

Cet ouvrage s'attache à étudier trois grandes lignes marines : les britanniques White Star Line et Cunard Line, et la française Compagnie générale transatlantique.
Organisé autour de plusieurs grandes thématiques, découvrez comment chacune de ces entreprises noua des liens avec son gouvernement, comment elles abordèrent la course à la taille et à la vitesse, et comment elles affrontèrent les enjeux liés à la sécurité face aux terribles drames qui se nouaient sur cet océan dangereux.

Du Titanic au Normandie, se dessine ici toute une société transatlantique, à la fois isolée du monde terrestre, et pourtant son prolongement. Car entre 1890 et 1940, ces deux « âges d'or » des voyages en paquebot séparés par une guerre mondiale sont aussi à l'image des évolutions et ruptures de leur temps.

Author:Antoine Resche
Specs:280 pages, 24 x 17.5 x 2.2 cm / 9 x 6.9 x 0.87 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Editions Métive (F, 2021)
EAN:9782371091009
Book: Une ligne mythique: Paquebots français et britanniques sur l'Atlantique Nord entre 1890 et 1940

Une ligne mythique: Paquebots français et britanniques sur l'Atlantique Nord entre 1890 et 1940

Language: French

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Ile de France and Liberte - France's Premier Post-war Liners (Classic Liners)

This beautifully illustrated history portrays two of the French fleet's most glamorous liners in their post-war heyday.

Île de France was a ship with unique style and character, restored and re-launched in 1949 after wartime service as a troopship. Liberté was built as the German Europa in 1930, but was ceded to France in 1946 and restyled in French Line luxury. The ships were famed for their service and on-board ambience, but most of all for being the 'best-fed liners on the Atlantic'.

Each ended their days on the silver screen, Île de France as a prop in The Last Voyage, for which she was partly sunk in 1958, and Liberté in the closing scenes of the classic film Sabrina before being scrapped in 1961.

William H. Miller's book in the Classic Liners series brings together an unrivalled collection of images, including previously unpublished colour photography, and truly evokes the glamour of two of the most beloved ocean liners of the era.

Author:William H. Miller
Specs:96 pages, 22 x 25 x 0.7 cm / 8.7 x 9.8 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2013)
Series:Classic Liners
EAN:9780752474861
Book: Ile de France and Liberte - France's Premier Post-war Liners (Classic Liners)

Ile de France and Liberte - France's Premier Post-war Liners

Language: English

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France / Norway : France's Last Liner / Norway's First Mega Cruise Ship

The dean of ocean-liner historians brings to life one of the last transatlantic liners: the legendary France, later renamed Norway.

As a dedicated passenger during both the vessel's lives, John Maxtone-Graham is in a perfect position to give us this rich, profusely illustrated history of France / Norway. The French Line's dazzling ocean liner S.S. France was alone in her class until the arrival of the QE2 in 1967. She was fast, chic, lavishly manned, and offered sumptuous catering.

For a dozen years she was a star on the North Atlantic. However, in the summer of 1974, with jet airliners dominating transatlantic travel, France was withdrawn and allowed to molder for five years.
Then a miraculous reprieve: the head of Norwegian Cruise Line decided to buy France; the vessel was revamped for warm weather and rechristened Norway. One of the last North Atlantic liners became the Caribbean's first megaship.
The singularity of this incredible hull that sailed in two contrasting modes demands remembrance - she was the pioneering big ship, popularizing a scale of cruising then unknown.

Author:John Maxtone-Graham
Specs:224 pages, 28.5 x 26.5 x 2.4 cm / 11.2 x 10.4 x 0.94 in, hardback
Illustrations:270 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:WW Norton & Co (USA, 2010)
EAN:9780393069037
Book: France / Norway : France's Last Liner / Norway's First Mega Cruise Ship

France / Norway : France's Last Liner / Norway's First Mega Cruise Ship

Language: English

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