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  1. RMS Adriatic II of the White Star Line Helion and Company (9781912390557) Welcome on board ‘Adriatic'(II) - White Star Line wonder ship! Explore this magnificent steamship through old picture postcards, many of them rare and unpublished. Journey back in time to 1907, to gaze upon the majestic RMS Adriatic II as the White Star flagship, then travel through her eventful career to her last days as a veteran cruise liner. So the blurb goes on the Casemate website. Not being into the merchant fleet in general and liners in particular I hadn’t heard of the Adriatic or her noble career. But having read this softback book and looked upon the many postcards contained within, you can get to feel how wonderful it would have been to sail on her in her prime. The author, Ben Smith, is a complete White Star aficionado and it is he who has collected these postcards that form the backbone of this forty page book. With a forward by the great-grandson of T. H. Ismay, the owner of the White Star Line at the time of the Adriatic’s sisters being built. Unfortunately he didn’t live to see the Adriatic herself joining the fleet. The postcards reveal a ship that was loved by many and enjoyed by many more in her long a illustrious career. Each postcard is annotated with information on where and where the ship was at the time and interesting little titbits of information and anecdotes. Conclusion For anyone interested our maritime history or the White Star Line ships in particular, this book is a marvellous little treat and the author should be congratulated for searching so long to gather the postcards together. Review sample courtesy of
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