John Maxtone-Graham

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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. 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. In 1972 he wrote his first book on ocean liners, The Only Way to Cross, to be followed by numerous other books for small publishing houses. France/Norway, was published in 2010, and in March 2012 he wrote and published Titanic Tragedy. He later worked on a book about the SS United States.[citation needed]

He is the father of writer Ian Maxtone-Graham. John Maxtone-Graham died from respiratory failure in Manhattan on July 6, 2015, aged 85.[2]

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  1. ^ Maxtone-Graham Retrieved October 25, 2015
  2. ^ "John Maxtone-Graham, an authority on ocean liners, dies",; accessed July 8, 2015.

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