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The American ocean liner Columbia, a ship in the same class as the United States, is recommissioned in the early 1970s to compete with the France and QEII. Success of the ship depends on getting Congressional subsidies and impressing travel agents, but is jeopardized by conflict between the ship's Commodore, a war hero with little knowledge of passenger service, and the Staff Captain, a capable ship's captain.
The conflict climaxes when the Columbia is caught in a hurricane during a trial run with prominent passengers as guests.
Author: Noel Bertram Gerson
Title: Liner: A Novel About a Great Ship
First Published by: Doubleday