Discover the Queen Elizabeth II, the flagship of the historic Cunard line, boasting cutting-edge technology and a record-breaking speed of 34 knots. In the golden era of ocean liners, names like Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth symbolized a life of opulence and leisure. We will uncover the surprising origins of ocean liners in steam engine technology and how visionaries like Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionized maritime travel. We will learn about the challenges and risks faced by pioneers in the 1830s, leading to the creation of the first purpose-built ocean liner, the Great Western. Follow the evolution of transatlantic passenger services, from the impact of World War I to the development of steam turbo-electric propulsion, transforming ocean liners into cruise ships and military transports.
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