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Friday, September 7, 2012

GRIM FATE OF A SUPER-LINER

THE NORMANDIE

Though the military history of the great passenger liners is littered with wreckage of vessels that did not survive their Naval service, none had as much potential, or died as pointlessly, as the elegant and revolutionary Normandie.  The pride of France and, for a short time, the undisputed queen of the North Atlantic, the ship was lost not to the torpedo, bomb or shell that claimed others of her breed, but to a pier-side fire directly attributable to the catastrophic carelessness, stupidity and neglect of those who stood to profit and most from her martial possibilities.  The story of her untimely and unnecessary death is thus one of the saddest yet most instructive events in maritime lore.

  HERE is her story