France / Norway

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The dean of ocean-liner historians brings to life one of the last transatlantic liners: the legendary France, later renamed Norway.
As a dedicated passenger during both the vessel's lives, John Maxtone-Graham is in a perfect position to give us this rich, profusely illustrated history of France/Norway. The French Line's dazzling ocean liner S.S. France was alone in her class until the arrival of the QE2 in 1967. She was fast, chic, lavishly manned, and offered sumptuous ...

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Overview

The dean of ocean-liner historians brings to life one of the last transatlantic liners: the legendary France, later renamed Norway.
As a dedicated passenger during both the vessel's lives, John Maxtone-Graham is in a perfect position to give us this rich, profusely illustrated history of France/Norway. The French Line's dazzling ocean liner S.S. France was alone in her class until the arrival of the QE2 in 1967. She was fast, chic, lavishly manned, and offered sumptuous catering. For a dozen years she was a star on the North Atlantic. However, in the summer of 1974, with jet airliners dominating transatlantic travel, France was withdrawn and allowed to molder for five years.
Then a miraculous reprieve: the head of Norwegian Cruise Line decided to buy France; the vessel was revamped for warm weather and rechristened Norway. One of the last North Atlantic liners became the Caribbean's first megaship. The singularity of this incredible hull that sailed in two contrasting modes demands remembrance—she was the pioneering big ship, popularizing a scale of cruising then unknown.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393069037
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Maxtone-Graham is the author of The Only Way to Cross, which has been in print for almost forty years. He lives in New York City when not lecturing aboard ocean liners and cruise ships.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    A Must Have

    This book is wonderful and filled with facts and photos of the France and later Norway. I have been an ocean liner devotee since I was a child and this book is an absolute gem in my library. Not only does the book contain personal memories of Maxtone-Graham from his travels on the ship under both it's sailing names but also contains hundreds of other interesting facts, figures and stories. I was never fortunate enough to be able to travel on the ship but I was able to see the Noway anchored in St. Thomas harbor while on a cruise. When our ship pulled up anchor and was leaving harbor it saluted the Norway with a blast of it's horn and Norway reciprocated with a blast of it's horn. I can still recall the sound of Norway's horn, so much deeper and richer as befitted the ships stature and lineage. Whether you are a France/Norway fan or just relish the great ocean liners of the past you will enjoy this book.

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