Book Review: The Great Passenger Ships Of The World

The Great Passenger Ships Of The World

By Raoul Fiebig, Frank Heine and Frank Lose


The five-volume Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas, Germany’s leading shipping historian, was first published by Patrick Stephens between 1975 and 1977. Covering every passenger ship over 10,000 gross registered tons, this series with regular updates has become the main reference on the subject for forty years.

The first volume published in 1975

Now published by Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft the eighth edition of Great Passenger Ships of the World has been written by Raoul Fiebig, Frank Heine and Frank Lose under the watchful eye of Arnold Kludas. The result is a fantastic hardback, 308-page reference book covering 858 ships. The large format, 24 x 30 cm, has also ensured that every ship is illustrated in glorious colour with carefully chosen photographs. As well as key data, the information for each vessel also covers a complete history of the ship. Although the ships are mainly listed chronologically, sisters/series are grouped together. This is very useful when looking at the evolution of a particular type. The appendices cover cargo ferries and temporary passenger ships, former passenger ships, passenger ships under construction and passenger ships withdrawn since the last edition in 2010.

The pages are very well laid out.
Sisters are grouped together.

This indispensable guide to passenger ships has been printed on high quality paper and should be in every ship lover’s library. Bravo Raoul Fiebig, Frank Heine and Frank Lose for producing such a wonderful book.


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Review by Peter Newall

Peter Newall

Peter Newall

A well-known shipping writer, cruise journalist and cruise ship lecturer,
Peter Newall is a former British Airways executive who has, in the past 57
years, visited and travelled on many famous ships.  As well as numerous
articles he has written nine highly acclaimed books including the
definitive histories of Union-Castle, Orient and Cunard Line.  He also owns
the Newall Dunn Collection, the extensive collection of historic merchant
shipping images.
Peter Newall

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