The Largest Vessels in the World
Recommended for School Units and History Day Projects
This is a great book for a thumbnail story of how these ships were built and what they looked like. A beautiful reproduction of an original May 1911 book by the White Star Line describing their newest and the largest vessels in the world and a treasure trove of data and illustrations giving not only a wonderful description of their great ocean liners but also an important a min-social history of the time:
“The advent of these Leviathans of the Atlantic coincides very appropriately with the most important development of modern times––the movement of the British and American people towards the ideal of international and universal peace. Of all the forces contributing to this great and desirable consummation, commerce has been one of the most potent, and the growth of international trade is largely due to the progress in shipping…No better instance of this spirit of enterprise can be produced than the building of the White Star Liner ‘Olympic’ and her sister ship ‘Titanic,’ constructed as they have been side by side at Messrs. Harland & Wolff’s Ship Yard, Belfast. The spectacle of these two enormous vessels on adjoining slips, representing over 100,000 tons of displacement, was altogether unprecedented, and naturally the public interest taken in the vessels on both sides of the Atlantic has been very keen. It has been felt that, real as the triumphs have been in the past in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, these two vessels represent a higher level of attainment that had hitherto been reached; that they are in fact in a class by themselves and mark a new epoch in the conquest of the Ocean, being not only much larger than any vessels previously constructed but also embodying the latest developments on modern propulsion.”
48 rare, archival illustrations tell the complete story in pictures and text including Titanic and Olympic building, launching, giant fittings like rudder, boilers and funnels, lavish first-class public rooms and parlour suites, interiors in second and third class. If your class unit is doing a story on Titanic, this is highly recommended––it contains wealth of pictures and information in one book. Softcover. 76 pages.