This large and impressive coffee table book, is a grand salute to one of the world's most famous and fondly remembered ocean liners. It also pays homage to an unforgettable age when beautiful, one-of-a-kind ships ruled the oceans and of course it salutes the great Cunard Line whose tradition to this day provides ship lovers with that nostalgic link to the past. It is nearly 400 pages long with well over 1000, mostly rare, unpublished photographs - an unprecedented amount in colour, as well as diagrams and ship plans. It is the definitive volume on this most important ship. This book contains much interesting information provided by the Queen Elizabeth's former passengers and crew, as well as exclusive insights into the ship's navigation and running as told by her last British Captain, Commodore Geoffrey Marr, taken from a series of nearly 200 letters exchanged between himself and the founder of the RMS Queen Elizabeth Historical Society, Mr Harold Philpot. These two men understood and loved the "Lizzie" more than anyone else. Mr Philpot was also the author of a set of documentary drawings on the ship and to this day they are the most accurate, detailed and complete set of plans on the ship in existence anywhere. Some of the amazing plans are reproduced in this book, however a CD ROM containing the full set of 27 professionally scanned plans, is available free from the author upon presentation of the purchase receipt for this book. (normally the price of the plans cd alone is $120.00) Full instructions on how to claim the free, RMS Queen Elizabeth plans cd, are outlined on page 6 of the book. This book has been acclaimed by some of the most successful and well known authors of ocean liner books; it has been a five-year labour of love for the author and it provides the closest experience yet to what it must have been like to have traveled and worked on this maritime legend.