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Having missed the SS China at New York, Phileas Fogg had to take a smaller merchant ship across the Atlantic. Passengers who travelled on board ocean liners at the beginning of the twentieth century would have experienced many more luxuries. Howard Smith tells the fascinating story of the Transatlantic Lines - the White Star Line, Cunard and Hamburg-Amerika Line - and shows us around these luxurious liners, ships whose sheer size and scale of operation is breath-taking.

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Watch The Titanic with Amazon Prime

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Next stop

18 Sept 2021

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