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The story of the Great Liners begins on the Atlantic route between the Old World and the New, between Europe and the United States It was the most prestigious, most progressive and certainly most competitive ocean liner run of all time It was on the North Atlantic that the largest, fastest and indeed grandest passenger ships were created In this book, I am concentrating for the most part on these Atlantic superliners It has been a race, sometimes fierce, that has continued for well over a century Smaller passenger ships, even ones of 30,000 and 40,000 tons, are for the most part left to other books Our story begins even earlier, in 1889, when Germany s Kaiser Wilhelm II visited his grandmother, Queen Victoria, and attended the British Naval Review at Spithead The British were than pleased to show off not only the mightiest naval vessels afloat, but the biggest passenger ships then afloat, namely the 10,000 ton Teutonic of the White Star Line These ships caught the Kaiser s royal eye His enthusiasm, his determination and, assuredly, his jealousies were aroused Her returned to his homeland determined that Germany should have bigger and better ships The world must know, he theorized, that Imperial Germany had reached new and higher technological heights To the Kaiser and other envious Germans, the British had, quite simply, had a monopoly on the biggest ships long enough British engineers and even shipyard crews were recruited, teaching German shipbuilders the key components of a new generation of larger ships Shipyards at Bremen, Hamburg and Stettin were soon ready It would all take eight years, however, before the first big German liner would be completed She would be large enough and fast enough to be dubbed the world s first super liner She would only be the biggest vessel built in Germany, but the biggest afloat The nation s most prominent ship owners, the Hamburg America Line and the North German Lloyd, were both deeply interested It was the Lloyd, however, which rose first to the occasion Enthusiastically and optimistically, the first ship was the first of a successive quartet The illustrious Vulkan Shipyard at Stettin was given the prized contract Triumph seemed to be in the air The Kaiser himself went to the launching, on 3 May 1897, of this new Imperial flagship Designed with four funnels but grouped in pairs, the 655 ft long ship was named Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, honoring the Emperor s grandfather With the rattle of chains, the release of the building blocks and then the tumultuous roar as the unfinished hull hit the water, this launching was the beginning of the Atlantic race for supremacy, which would last for some 70 years Only after the first arrival of the trans Atlantic jet in October 1958 would the race quiet down The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was the great beginning, the start of a superb fleet of what has been dubbed ocean greyhounds and later aptly called the floating palaces Worried and cautious, the normally contented British referred to the brand new Kaiser as a German monster....

Title : Sailing and Soaring: The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
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ISBN : 1781553688
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Fonthill Media August 18, 2016
Number of Pages : 128 pages
File Size : 980 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Sailing and Soaring: The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers Reviews

  • DW
    2018-08-04 17:04

    This is an attractive, reasonably well produced little book with an unusual perspective. Of special interest, of course, are aerial and other photos of liners in New York harbor seen against the backdrop of the city.. The link between liners and skyscrapers is not entirely convincing but the pictures of the latter are interesting nonetheless. I give this title a B+.