The Blue Riband:

The rise and decline of the transatlantic passenger services

The development of a reliable steam engine stimulated the development of transatlantic passenger lines. The ship that made the fastest crossing was allowed to carry a Blue Riband. After the development of airplanes that could carry large numbers of passengers over the oceans quickly, these services were discontinued. The superfluous ships were used for cruising, which became increasingly popular in the 1980's.

1. Early developments in transatlantic shipping
2. The first Blue Ribands
3. Between Germany and England
4. Ever larger and faster
5. After the war - the last great liners
6. Dutch ships in transatlantic passenger transport
7. Cruising - a new life for the 'grand old ladies'
8. Surprise: new record trials

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