Close behind the currently popular Atlantic Highway comes this new history of transatlantic travel. Covering the period from 1816 to 1961. It takes in major events of sail not steamship travel right up to the French Line's big new France. The era of sail the time when firms like Black Ball and White Diamond ruled the Atlantic---is given its usual due. Ship builders, owners and masters like Donald McKay, Enoch Train and Robert Napler are shown as they build bigger and faster ships in the growing competition of the trade. The author's narrative is here lightened with passenger accounts of crossings, log notes, descriptions of ""monsters"" like the 22,500 ton Great Eastern establishing the rule of steam. But when the story gets into the era of the big steamships---vessels like the or Titanic---the pace increases and the sense of keen international competition becomes intense. The sinking of the Titanic with the loss of lives, the turbulent between-wars era, the development of the Queens and other sea giants, the recent loss of the Andrea off Nantucket complete vividly this picture of the conquest of the world's busiest shipping lanes.