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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has a 1cm tear with light creasing around the tear, and a small surface indentation. The rest of the book has no faults.

Dimensions: 192x250mm.
Pages: 238
Publisher: Reed
Publication date: 1982 first edition


A Century of Style
By N. H. Brewer

Great Ships Of The Union Line 1875-1976

From the inauguration of the Union Steam Ship Company's passenger service in 1875 to its close in 1976 when the Rangatira was taken off the Wellington-Lyttelton run, the smart vessels of the Union Line received similar flattering attentions from the local press. Indeed, all thirty-six ships featured in this book were regarded as "queens of the seas". They offered passengers excellent service in accommodation, entertainment and cuisine.

Drawing heavily on contemporary reports, N. H. Brewer has reconstructed the careers of these glamorous vessels which reigned supreme in coastal and ocean travel. An extensive selection of photographs attests to the remarkable standards of workmanship achieved in the fitting out and furnishing of cabins, dining saloons and places of relaxation. It seems no expense was spared in catering to passengers' comforts.

Those who travelled on the Union Line during the heyday of ocean voyaging will find here a reservoir of pleasant memories. As well, this book must take its place as a valuable record of a bygone era. The delights of sailing aboard one of these notable ships are now things of the past, but A Century of Style offers the opportunity to reflect on their grandeur and the illustrious part they played in the history of transport.


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