Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Martin Cox
Cunard Line is the most famous shipping company in the world. Although many books have been written about Cunard’s passenger ships in the 20th century, few have covered the 19th century fleet in much detail, particularly the important Mediterranean services. The cargo fleet has also been poorly served, especially with the carriage of cargo being as important as passenger carryings during the first 150 years of Cunard’s existence. Little has also been written about the company tenders and the many ships managed by Cunard during both World Wars. Using original source material, this book redresses this imbalance with the most comprehensive history ever written about Cunard and its ships. The individual histories of 310 ships from Unicorn in 1840 to the current Queen Elizabeth are featured plus over 700 illustrations, many of which have never been published before, including many in colour. Great care has also been taken with the layout of the book so that it is easy to follow. Not only is there a detailed index, individual chapters also tell the story of the ships in each aspect of the company’s operation, including the trans-Atlantic liners, cargo fleet, cruise ships, tankers, bulk carriers, container ships, reefers and managed ships. The front cover of the book has a specially-commissioned painting of the original Queen Elizabeth by the renowned marine artist Stephen Card. Written by the author of Mauretania Triumph and Resurrection and the definitive fleet histories of the Union-Castle and Orient Lines, it is hoped that Cunard Line a fleet history will become the standard reference for the 173-year-old Cunard Line.
Cunard Line a fleet history is a 304-page, A4 hardback, available at £39.50 plus £3.50 postage (UK) from J. and M. Clarkson, 18 Franklands, Longton, Preston, PR4 5PD, UK tel 01772 612855, or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Web address is shipsinfocus.com