I’m glad you enjoyed it, Michael. Majestic has been such a forgotten ship in so many ways — the largest and fastest liner White Star ever operated, indeed the largest ship in service for over a decade, and often the most popular ship afloat in the 1920s. Her history is fascinating, even if her career was all too short. I am just glad you enjoyed the book, and hope that it serves as a concise tribute to the ‘Magic Stick.’quote:
Your latest work, on the Majestic, was a fine piece of work. I especially enjoyed the photos which went along with the text.
Steven would know better than I, but I don’t think there have been more than ten colour Aquitania photos that have been published widely — if that. That’s why I am so grateful to the gentleman who allowed me to use the colour slides, and also Eric’s work on ensuring that they are shown to their full potential. All in all, I think there were almost 40 colour images, but due to space it was necessary to be selective (isn’t it always?) and the finest were chosen; there were at least 30 submitted. There is one particularly stunning image, taken from the ship’s stern, and the quality is very high. It shows Aquitania at Halifax, and the scene is reminiscent of seeing Titanic’s stern in the departure from Southampton in the Cameron film.quote:
I am eager to see the colour photos of the Aquitania- Until now, the only published colour photos of Aquitania I have seen were in the book 'Majesty At Sea-The Four Stackers."
I am pleased that you liked it, Jason. After all, that makes writing it worthwhile! I trust the new book lives up to expectations for you, as well.quote:
I'll add my thanks to you as well for all your efforts. I really enjoyed your RMS Olympic book, and cannot wait to see your latest venture!
I really hope that you enjoy the book, Russell. I certainly know it’s got original research and new information in it, although due to the format there was a natural limit on content. There’s probably enough Aquitania material to write a six-volume series on her, like Frank Braynard did with Leviathan!quote:
Aquitania has been largely ignored so far as detailed books on her history go, and your book will certainly help fill that gap. My highest compliments to you and your work! Any comments as to your next project?
It looks like my estimate of ten was a little outdated. Even so, the figures we have now very much reinforce your comments, in that there are well over double 15 colour photos that are now known. I would suspect we may have known of these images from the same source; of course, I did not buy any of them. I used digital scans with the owner’s permission, as that was more than sufficient for the book and my purpose.quote:
Mark, I know I asked the question of what color images people knew of, a few years back on the Cunard Line Aquitania tread. At that time I think I had listed about 14 or 15 known color images that had been published. The number of known color images had gone up greatly over the last few years. I think you obtained some of your color images for your book, from the same source that I purchased a few of mine from.
I’m afraid I can’t answer that offhand. An American reader may be better than me, as I am not up to speed on American publications.quote:
Here is a Aquitania trivia question for you:
Aquitania appeared on the cover of a "very" famous American Magazine - Name the Magazine and when. - Hint - Queen Mary also appeared on the cover of this magazine.