Five Weeks To Sydney

Book of the month ISBN: 978-1-9090-7545-0

by Nelson French

In June 1969 there arrived at the Paris airshow an aircraft which had flown directly from the Boeing factory at Seattle, a distance of 5,160 miles in nine hours and eight minutes. The aircraft was designated 747 and could carry 442 passengers, together with their baggage, mails and some cargo. Six months later 747s were in regular service across the Atlantic and soon after on major air routes around the world. From that summer day in Paris the days of the passenger liner were numbered.

This book is one person’s recollections about the world of ocean liners before the Jumbo Jet took over. From post-war refits, through to Caribbean cruises, round-the-world trips and Royal reviews, Nelson French paints a picture of a bygone era which was once enjoyed by thousands of people across the globe.

The author worked his way up through the ranks and became a purser with Orient line before its merger with P&O.

Nelson has been a contributor to this magazine with enthralling stories about his time at sea.

This book is a much longer version and contains many new tales.

It is excellently written and I would very highly recommend it to our readers.


Published by:

Words by Design


2 South View Lodge

Piggy Lane


OX26 6HT


Paperback: 228mm x 154mm, 278 pp illustrated

Price: £12 + £2 p&p



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