Chris Frame: Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer

Chris has a passion for passenger ships and history

Chris' interest in transatlantic liners started as a boy when he read a book about the Titanic. Sailing aboard Cunard's QE2 as an eleven year old, Chris' passion for liners grew. Today, Chris has travelled extensively aboard passenger ships and he travels regularly aboard all four modern Cunard Queens, as well as other vessels including Holland America's Volendam, P&O's Arcadia, Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, P&O Cruises Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl; just to name just a few.

Maritime History Books

In 2007 Chris collaborated with Rachelle Cross on their first book, QE2: A Photographic Journey, which was published in 2008 by The History Press. The success of the book resulted Chris and Rachelle writing a further three books in the series, covering QM2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross have written three books in the 'Story Series' covering various Cunard Ocean Liners, while in 2013 their well reviewed title The Evolution of the Transatlantic Liner was published, covering the various evolutions and changes in the design and use of transatlantic passenger ships from 1838 to the present day.

In 2014 the authors collaborated with P&O historians Rob Henderson and Doug Cremer; writing A Photographic History of P&O Cruises.

Chris and Rachelle are currently working on 175 Years of Cunard, a photographic tribute book showcasing the 175 year history of the Cunard Line.

In the media

As an expert on Ocean Liners and Cruise Ships, Chris is often called on to provide history, facts and context about passenger ships for the media. He has participated in numerous television interviews including appearing on Australia's A Current Affair and many TV news broadcasts.

In 2014 Chris participated in an episode of BBC's 'Heir Hunters' as a Cunard and maritime history expert, with the episode due to air in spring 2015.

Chris is a regular guest on various radio shows, including ABC, LBC 97.3 and 6PR and often participates in newspaper interviews relating to Cunard, P&O and other cruise ships.

Chris is a contributor to the Australian Cruise Passenger Magazine, Worldwide Cruising News and Pictorial, Ship's Monthly, Sea Breezes Magazine, Porthole Magazine, Cunard's Passages Magazine, Airliner World and the We Are Cunard Blog.

Chris Frame lecturing aboard QM2

Lectures and areas of expertise

Chris' is an expert in merchant shipping from the introduction of steam technology (1830s) to the modern day. He regularly lectures aboard cruise ships and at maritime museums with talks covering a variety of topics, including:

  • Transatlantic Liners & shipping companies
  • Ocean Liners (past and present)
  • Cruise Ships (past and present)
  • Passenger Ships & the evolution of passenger ship design (eg: technical changes, engineering, exterior and interior design changes, passenger classes and the changing experience for those travelling aboard ships)
  • Evolving use of passenger ships (eg: mail services, immigration, tourism, cruising, leisure)
  • Transportation (transition from shipping to aviation from 1958 onwards)
  • Passenger shipping during World War I
  • Passenger shipping during World War II
  • Merchant Shipping Disasters (eg: Titanic, Lusitania, Andrea Doria, Costa Concordia)
  • Maritime History
  • General Shipping History and history of the personalities behind the shipping lines (eg: Samuel Cunard, Edward Knight Collins, J Bruce Ismay etc)
  • Cunard Line History
  • White Star Line History
  • P&O History
  • Other lesser known lines (Collins Line, Inman Line, Orient Line, Norddeutscher Lloyd, Hamburg-Amerika, CGT French Line, Italia Line, United States Lines).

Get in touch

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