Side view of Bremen's bridge

Germany’s speed queens

Cover for Bremen and Europa bookA hardback book covering the design, construction and service of Norddeutscher Llloyd’s renowned speed queens, Bremen and Europa.

The story of these two historic liners comes to life in this meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated volume from  author J. Russell Willoughby. It includes nearly 300 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished

Born into a world of economic depression and political unrest, the NDL express liners Bremen and Europa were symbols of resilience in post-Great War Germany. At the time of their maiden voyages in 1929 and 1930 respectively, they were the fastest, most modern passenger ships yet built, and every day they seemed to make headlines around the globe. Both liners won the Blue Riband on their maiden voyages across the North Atlantic.

World War II

Their separate rôles in World War II are covered in detail. Bremen escaped from America but was later destroyed by fire. Europa was mainly used as an accommodation ship and was seized by the Allies after the war.

Post-war service of Europa

Europa‘s second life as French Line’s Liberté is well-documented and the book concludes with many fine examples of rare ephemera.

Out of Print

This edition is now out of print. The author has published a newer, much larger edition, which can be seen at:

This new edition is highly recommended, but is not sold by marpubs

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196 pages. £38.00 plus shipping



recording the history of famous liners in beautiful hardback books