8 Jul 2015

175 years of Ocean Liners

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:14 pm on 8 July 2015

This week marks the 175th anniversary of the ocean liner - a mode of transport that changed the world.

The first ocean liner The Great Western sailed across the Atlantic in 1838, but is wasn't until Sir Samuel Cunard set up a scheduled service in 1840 that things really got underway.

Maritime historian Chris Frame explains the difference between ocean liners and cruise ships, and tells Simon Mercep all about the golden age of sea travel.

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