BOOK REVIEW From Lloyds List and Shipping Gazette November 6th 1961: "Laurence Dunn Recalls 12 Famous Ships"
"The turn of the century marked an important milestone in the development of the North Atlantic passenger liner for it was then that the big ship era as we know it to-day really began. The phase was introduced in September 1899, with the commissioning of the White Star Line's Oceanic, then the world’s largest liner with a gross tonnage of 17,000 tons. Her advent set the pattern of even greater development than even the progress seen during the previous 20 years or so, because within 15 years of the Oceanic's delivery, there were liners of over 50,000 tons, offering undreamed-of standards of comfort and luxury. As a corollary, this liner era perhaps may be compared with the rapid advance in tanker sizes in recent years. Some very carefully selected examples of the graceful bygone liners of the period 1899-1913 are portrayed by Laurence Dunn in his latest hook, '' North Atlantic Liners '' Hugh Evelyn, Ltd., London, 84s). Superbly drawn and expertly described, 12 vessels have been chosen not only for their individual interest but also so that together they may cover the widest range of funnel-mast combinations that were in vogue during this interesting period of North Atlantic history. There were vessels with one funnel, others with four, some with two masts and one even boasted six. The clipper stem was the hallmark, and the stern was invariably of the counter type. Mr. Dunn feels that the exterior appearance of these liners is something that has been barely covered by other books, something dismissed either by a hackneyed photograph often of doubtful pictorial merit or a facile sketch that ignores such subtleties as variation of sheer, stern shape and the like. With the assistance of long forgotten builders' drawings , Mr. Dunn has captured in his work the finest detail; there has possibly never been a more accurate set of drawings of such ships, and all this comes about half a-century later, long after they have gone to the beakers."