Normandie Maiden Voyage photos


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And the aforementioned sailing vessel.
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An early 1939 departure (the photographer has written "March 1939" on the back, but I am not sure if she was laid up or not at that point)photographed from the Hoboken docks. This snapshot is borderline cliche, as there are multiple near-identical variants taken from the same vantage point 1935-'39 which have found their way into print, but I like it.
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Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, kicking off WWII. The Normandie had arrived in New York from Le Havre a few days earlier and stayed put from then on. (IIRC, eastbound passengers were transferred to the Aquitania.) In March 1939, it was still business as usual for the Normandie.


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1939 is the one year for which I don't have her published sailing schedule, but my reason for wondering if this was March was that in previous years she had extended winter refit/lay-ups, and in April of 1939 she was about to leave lay-up when she was temporarily trapped in dry dock by the capsized Paris. I have some nice snapshots taken on the August 25-26-27 1939 aboard the Normandie on what would be the final voyage before (what proved to be) ternminal lay-up, but the lay-up to which I referred was the earlier routine one.
 
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Thanks for clearing that up.

According to the voyage list in the French edition of the Foucart book (which for some reason they didn't see fit to include in the English one), the Normandie's early 1939 voyages consisted of the following:

60 W 1/28 - 2/2 / E 3/3 - 3/8
CRUISE 2/4 - 2/27
61 W 3/25 - 3/30 / E 4/1 - 4/6

Voyage 62 began 4/26, after the lay-up.

Convenient though this voyage list is, I don't know how accurate it is. Missing is the July 1935 cruise previously discussed.


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Here is the cover for the February 21 1942 issue of l'Illustration. A great shot of the Normandie leaving lay-up with the recently destroyed Paris on the lower left- I've been trying to get an original 8X10 of this shot for some time. It shows, amongst other things, that the screen of "windows" around the Trouville and Deauville suites were removable as they are clearly not in place in this April photo but ARE there in the 1942 fire shots. The article about the fire uis illustrated with a shot of the QM, QE and Normandie side by side and does not live up to the promise of this great cover.
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Here is my one of my favorite Normandie promotional images- a giveaway photoposter (approx 11.5" X 14") which dates to May 8 1938 and was included in various East Coast and Midwestern newspapers, meant to celebrate the latest Blue Riband victory. This can often be had for less than $10, which all things considered makes it a bargain compared to the Cassandre posters
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Here is a nice shot of what might very well have been the Normandie's last sunset at sea, taken from a scrapbook kept on her final crossing.
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And having nothing at all to do with the Normandie, but still a fairly neat shot, is this snapshot taken ca 1910 aboard the Rotterdam.
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A couple of photos, taken on a 1937 crossing from Southampton to NYC. The approach, as seen from the tender.
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The Winter Garden. The keeper of this photo album tried, with varying degrees of success, to do a bow to stern walk through photo essay in First Class.
The full sized versions of these two photos, and many others from the series are being sent, in increments, to Alex McLean's Liners site.
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A snapshot of the deteriorating Normandie taken in December 1941. Marked on back with the date and "Passed by the base Photo Censor"
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>Sad to see such a beauty going to waste.

It's even sadder to see her "go down" in flames.

Thanks for the pictures Jim.
offtopic: Jim, did you read my last email to you? I didn't seem to get a reply...
 
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