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Ryan Thompson

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Does anybody know where the infamous pier was? Is it still there today? I tried looking for it on Google Earth, thinking maybe somebody had put a placemarker up for it since it was a famous event, but didn't find anything.

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On the north interior wall of the pier shed on Pier 88, the sssociation of Normandie divers, who had helped salvage the wreck of USS Lafayette, hung a memorial plaque. I would imagine there is a picture of this plaque somewhere on the internet. Robert H. Gibbons
 

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This is one of the bleakest sites in New York i have found to visit on my SSN tours when i am lucky enough to be in New York,unless of course the security guard lets you in to view the memorial upstairs which i have been very lucky on quite a few occasions to have seen. This photo shows my two youngest kids in October 2005 Normandie and Cameron,whom i took on a special SSN tour of NY, as my daughter tells everyone the ship was named after her.........LOL.
 

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Wow, thanks
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I am visiting New York on the 19th and 20th this month. I am hoping to get in some historical site seeing. These piers are not open to the public I take it?
 

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It is not in a room, it is actually on a wall which you see as soon as you come out of the lift/elevator. Just one floor up,the only problem may be asking someone who knows it is there, honest. As some folk didn't know each time i have asked.
 

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Thanks for the pictures, Tony.

BTW, isn't the Pier also where the USS Intrepid was docked?? On September 29th there was a sign that displayed "363 days until the Intrepid returns".

Also, Joshua: in Brooklyn you can find remnants from, I believe, the doors of the Normandie's First Class Lounge. They are located at the entrances to Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, at 113 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn.
The location is not too far from the Red Hook Terminal.
The only thing is that the traffic can be heavy in the mid-day.

My friends and I stopped by the Cathedral during our ride down to board the Queen Mary 2, last month. We got lots of pictures of the door frames, including one of the ship bronze.
 

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Cool photo. I'm disappointed there's no image of the Normandie in the plaque.

Normandie's First Class Lounge doors, I've seen a photo of them on the internet. John is right. Most of Normandie's decorations/fittings were removed before the fire, many have been auctioned off over the years and/or ended up im museums, etc. Is there a plaque near those doors explaining that they were from the Normandie? I know its a church and they don't have to, but I don't see why they wouldn't -- they're historical and really pretty.
 

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Yes the doors of the cathedral are great, even if the priest who bought them used a bit of artistic licence what with the fleurs et al intertwining them. The first time i saw them and photographed them, it was not till i got back to the UK that i realised that they were not in the paired order as the discs were on the great doors aboard the ship. They are a great site to see and i would recommend them to all who wish to see ssn sites. I personally get the subway to brooklyn view the doors, then walk back over the Brooklyn bridge to the SSSP for the ships wheel and bell in the seamans church. And from there off for another site.
 
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The doors and the piers not withstanding. Are there any other ocean liner related sites in NYC to go see? I was hoping to catch the QM2 leaving that week. Is the ocean liner museum at the South Street Seaport any good. Are there any others in the city?
 

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Sail from Southampton to NY on the QE2 on the 6th jan. Then three nights in Manhatan wife shopping myself visiting Normandie sites inc for the first time. Pinelawn Memorial park at Long Island to view the great statue at the site. Really cant wait.
 

Tony McFeat

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No sir, that is now on the Summit. The one at Pinelawn memorial park is La Paix which stood in Normandies Grand Dining room which i have always wanted to visit so this time could be the one.I have been informed that the NY Met Mu are restoring there great panels to be on show around March 08,so another trip will be hoped for.
 

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Mr. Chow's, the ultra trendy Chinese restaurant, USED to have Smoking Room panels as part of its decor, and may still.
 
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