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i have had this book for a couple of years - but have never read it - due to load shedding that is an every day occurrence in my home country - i opened the book to past time - and did i thoroughly enjoy the read - if you can get hold of the book - please read
 

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I agree, it's a good read. I have to admit though that it is several decades ago that I actually read it - probably when the book was first published.
 

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Yes, a good read.

A real good read is John Maxtone-Graham's THE NORTH ATLANTIC RUN, better know as THE ONLY WAY TO CROSS. This single book had probably made more Liner 'buffs' than any other!

Stephen
 

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THE ONLY WAY TO CROSS.

Beautiful painting of MAURETANIA by Albert Brenet

John Maxtone-Graham commissioned the painting for the cover.

Stephen


PS: The runner book was CROSSING TO CRUISING - Painting of FRAMCE with NORWAY... one of mine.
 

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i read the only way to cross my years ago - it was a good read - i agree it made a lot of people liner buffs - nice thing about books like this - is that you can re read them again and again - and still enjoy - by a coincidence - i have just been offered a whole selection of books and waterline models from a late estate - and book is part of the package - including others - so i am fortunate to add to my library - happy days
 

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It's a bit pricey on Amazon. Wish it was available for Kindle.
Was fortunate enough to have John Maxtone-Graham as lecturer on two voyages. 26 days on Star Princess in 2002, crossing the Pacific on her inaugural voyage. Word got around about him so after the first couple talks, you had to get there real early to get a seat. Six years later we were on QE2 to Iceland/Norway, and he was lecturer again. He had move from slides to power point, which goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Another good read is an old book by Albert Bigelow Paine, called The Ship Dwellers: Story of a Happy Cruise. It was an account of a trip taken in 1909. As a child in the 1860's, his father brought home and read to them Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad, and ever since he had thirsted to do the same trip. I found it very entertaining, just sorry he didn't finish all the ports at the end, but think he may have run out of adjectives. After reading it, I read the Twain book, and I actually preferred the Paine book. Twain read too much like a frat party. Both were free for Kindle. EM
 

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Sea Dog,

Your collection of maritime titles are from the 70s through to about 2015 is. Almost 50 years. No doubt, the best titles were in the 80s. Good meat and potato books.

Stephen
 
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