Midshipcentury.com has posted what they expect will probably be the final picture of the Norway. There is little recognizable of her left other than a bit of hull and what appears to be the inboard port screw shaft.
Does anyone know if there were any other proposals to preserve the SS Norway as a hotel and museum ship besides the one by a French resort group for Honfleur, France, another in Amsterdam as the AmsterDame, and the Project Dubai proposal for preserving the ship in Dubai.
My understanding is, her prow tip was preserved as a park feature in Paris. The ship had been horribly modified for cruise service and really did not resemble the great Atlantic liner we came to love. Retro-building would have cost a fortune, and to what avail? A static ship is a hole in the water into which you throw lifeboats full of money.
I believe the ship was suffering from the typical ailments of faulty wiring and rat infestations at the time she was cut up.
Like the "United States", her styling was so distinctive, she'd have made a great destination marker for any port city.
I recently saw photos of the "QE2" tied up as a hotel in the Middle East, and she's not impressive. Most of these attractions wane as money makers, rather quickly too, and end up being towed away as junk.
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