Sailing and Soaring: The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers

Author(s): William H. Miller 

ISBN: 9781781553688
£13.99 £19.99
They were the Blue Water liners: they spanned the globe and created many memories. It is now a bygone era…
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  • A beautiful yet forgotten tale of a bygone era

  • Superbly illustrated with many unpublished photographs

  • Written by maritime’s biggest star – William H. Miller

There is a distinct parallel between the great liners and skyscrapers. It was the quest for size and distinction. In 1907, Cunard introduced the 790-foot-long, 32,000-ton Lusitania and Mauretania, which dwarfed the 47-floor Singer Building in New York.

By 1913, it was Germany’s 52,000-ton Imperator and another Manhattan tower, the 60-story Woolworth Building.

While not all broke records, there were more great liners and towers in the late 1920s and early 1930s, culminating with the likes of the first ‘thousand footers’, the Normandie and Queen Mary, and the 1,250-foot-tall Empire State Building.

By the 1970s, it was the age of the QE2 and the 110-floor World Trade Center; however, the race was far from over. In the 1990s, cruise ships grew and grew as did the skyscrapers, mostly in Asian cities.

Another decade passed and in 2010, the 225,000-ton, 1,198-foot-long Oasis of the Seas and the 162-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai were constructed. There is a great similarity, a fascinating parallel, between these two categories of design, engineering and creative genius.

BOOK ISBN 9781781553688
FORMAT 224 x 248 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 94 black-and-white and 52 colour photographs



Known as ‘Mr Ocean Liner,’ William H. Miller has written over 80 books about passenger ships. He has covered the liners large and small, in war and peace, and as collectibles and in post card form. Miller has also penned over 1000 articles about ships and sea travel. He has been a popular guest lecturer aboard such liners as the QE2, Queen Mary 2, Rotterdam & Crystal Serenity for over 30 years. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across from the great liner piers of New York City, Miller has appeared in numerous TV documentaries, and news programs and himself has been the subject of a 60-min documentary called ‘Mr Ocean Liner’. Miller has been the recipient of numerous maritime awards.