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John Maxtone-Graham
Born John Kurtz Maxtone-Graham
(1929-08-02)August 2, 1929
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Died July 8, 2015(2015-07-08) (aged 85)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Respiratory failure
Occupation Historian, writer
Spouse(s) Mary

John Kurtz Maxtone-Graham (August 2, 1929 – July 6, 2015) was a Scottish-American speaker and writer on ocean liners and maritime history.[1]


Maxtone-Graham was born in Orange, New Jersey to a Scottish father and an American mother.[2] He graduated from Brown University in 1951. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and then worked as a Broadway stage manager.[3] In 1972 he wrote a social history and appreciation of the Atlantic express liners, The Only Way to Cross, which was a success as a mass-market publication. This was followed by other books on express liner history. France/Norway was published in 2010; in March 2012 he wrote and published Titanic Tragedy; and in October 2014 he published his final book, SS United States: Red, White, & Blue Riband, Forever. He was married twice and had four children.[4] He is the father of writer Ian Maxtone-Graham. John Maxtone-Graham died from respiratory failure in Manhattan on July 6, 2015, aged 85.[5]

See also

  • Frank O. Braynard


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