For just over a hundred years there was a regular passenger liner service across the Pacific connecting Australia and New Zealand with the west coast of North America, the main terminal ports being San Francisco and Vancouver.
This book describes the rather chaotic development of these services into a reliable and successful trade that flourished into the 1970s before the advent of the jumbo-jet led to a rather rapid decline and eventual termination of the trans-Pacific passenger liner.
With his usual meticulous research, Peter Plowman describes the liners that traversed the Pacific and companies that owned and managed them. One chapter gives popular novelist Zane Gray’s atmospheric account of a Pacific crossing in 1925.
Illustrated with 32 colour plates and about 200 b&W photographs, diagrams and plans.P/B 272 pages