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Jet engines were first used in fighter aircraft towards the end of the Second World War. As the world returned to normality after the war, many of the new technologies developed throughout the conflict were used in civilian industries. Jet engines were gradually introduced to passenger aircraft and soon cut the traveling time across the Atlantic to hours rather than the four days it took liners. This meant there would be few Trans Atlantic liners built after that time. Throughout the second half of the century, oil tankers, aircraft carriers and cruise ships began exceeding the tonnage of the largest Trans Atlantic liners.

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