Normandie Maiden Voyage photos


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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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Nicolas Roughol

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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...
 
In better days, a procession headed by CGT President Henri Cangardel and Sultan Mohamed V, of Morocco, is photographed from a respectful distance touring the Sun Deck.
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Nicolas Roughol

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nice shot Jim...
Could I possibly get a larger version by email?
 
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Jacqueline Snow

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To Jim , thank you for your posts on the Normandie,I did not realize how many People had a passion for this awesome ship, for me it is nostalgia, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Normandie, on a field trip taken with my classmates in 1938 in Le Havre,I was 13 years old. I would like some information on the Liberte,I took a return trip to the states on it in 1955, I understand it had been used by the Germans during the war and had been renamed,can you help me?? I would be very thankful...Regards Jacqueline Snow
 
Hi, Jacqueline: You are welcome, and I envy you for having the opportunity to see the Normandie. Off the top of my head, Liberte began her career as the Europa, sister ship of NDL's Bremen. They were supposed to made simultaneous Maiden Voyages but Europa suffered a fire and her debut was delayed almost a year. Both ships shared the Blue Riband. Europa survived WW2, was briefly in US service after the German defeat, and was then ceded to France as a partial replacement for the Normandie. She was being refitted in leHavre, when a storm came up and drove her against the wreck of the Paris (which had lain at her pier all through WW2, after burning and capsizing in 1939) and she sank on an even keel. Which is, in part, why she did not appear on the Atlantic until 1950. Much of the artwork removed from the Normandie pre-fire was installed aboard Liberte and Ile de France postwar. One of the bronze panels from Normandie's smoking room can be seen in photos of Liberte's first class lounge, for instance. She remained in service through 1961.

I have several dozen more Normandie photos to post but I have never found any of Liberte.
 
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Jacqueline Snow

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Jim, for some reason I do not think you received my second post, I am very thankful for your prompt reply,it really refreshed my memory, I think that I may have a photo of the Liberte somewhere in my old postcard collection and if you are interested I will look for it...Regards, Jacqueline
 
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