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Corner panel, one of a series entitled “The Four Elements”, of the First Class Salle de Manger (Dining Room) of the Liberté, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. 1950. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

Corner panel, one of a series entitled “The Four Elements”, of the First Class Salle de Manger (Dining Room) of the Liberté, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

Statendam's first class smoking room

First Class Smoking Room aboard the Statendam

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line.  Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line. Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The Second Class Speisesaal (Dining Room) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). 1930. The extraordinary bifurcated staircase gave the space a decorative edge over its First Class counterpart. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The Second Class Speisesaal (Dining Room) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). 1930. The extraordinary bifurcated staircase gave the space a decorative edge over its First Class counterpart. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

A First Class Luxuskabine (Luxury Cabin) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). 1930. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

A First Class Luxuskabine (Luxury Cabin) of the steamship Europa, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd). Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Promenade Square of the Queen Elizabeth of 1939, consort flagship of the Cunard-White Star Line. Photographed following post-War restoration to passenger service. 1946. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Promenade Square of the Queen Elizabeth of consort…

RMS Queen Elizabeth - 1939 - After Refitting ~ The Cabin Class ~ The Smoke- Room also received countless changes, new carpets and new leather chairs and the feature seen here It certainly became a wonderful looking venue indeed; in fact it looked more like a First Class lounge!

RMS Queen Elizabeth - 1939 - After Refitting ~ The Cabin Class ~ The Smoke- Room also received countless changes, new carpets and new leather chairs and the feature seen here It certainly became a wonderful looking venue indeed; in fact it looked more like a First Class lounge!

The First Class deluxe apartment Normandie of the France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. 1962. This homage suite was the favourite of my Parents; twice crossings were postponed due to unavailability. Note the distinctive CGT-embossed Lalique-commissioned ashtray on the occasional table, today a prized collector’s item. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class deluxe apartment Normandie of the France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. twice crossings were postponed due to unavailability.

First Class Foyer, SS Bismarck, later Majestic. The ship's architect was the Ecole de Beaux-Arts trained Charles Mewes. His interiors are unmatched in traditional ship-building design.

First Class Foyer, SS Bismarck, later RMS Majestic. The ship's architect was the Ecole de Beaux-Arts trained Charles Mewes. His interiors are unmatched in traditional ship-building design.

Cunard liner first class lounge

British Pathe Gazette video shows the last journey of grand Cunard ocean liner RMS Mauretania from Southampton to Rosyth shipbreakers via Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line.  Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

The First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) on board the refurbished, post-War Ile de France (1949), restored as the flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, more commonly known to English-language passengers as The French Line. Image from the Private Collection of John Cunard-Shutter.

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