Liners 04: Normandie

B O O K R E V I E W By : Frank NEYTS

Recently the Dutch publisher Lanasta presented the newest title in the series ‘Liners’: “Liners 04: Normandie” The SS ‘Normandie’ was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat; she is still the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled ship ever built Her novel design and lavish interiors led many to consider her the greatest of ocean liners. Despite this, she was not a commercial success and relied partly on government subsidy to operate. During service as the flagship of CGT, she made 139 westbound transatlantic crossings from her home port of Le Havre to New York. ‘Normandie’ held the Blue Ribon for the fastest transatlantic crossing at several points during her service career, during which the RMS ‘Queen Mary’ was her main rival.

During World War II, ‘Normandie’ was seized by U.S. authorities at New York and renamed USS ‘Lafayette’. In 1942, the liner caught fire while being converted to a troopship, capsized onto her port side and came to rest on the mud of the Hudson River at Pier 88, the site of the current New York Passenger Ship Terminal. Although salvages at great expense, restoration was deemed too costly and she was scrapped in October 1946. “Liners 04: Normandie” (ISBN 978-90-8616-254-3), a 52 pages softback book is highly illustrated, full color and costs 14,95 euro. It can be bought via the good bookshop or through the Publisher; Lanasta, Slenerbrink 206, 7812 HJ Emmen, Holland. Website : , Tel. +31 (0)591 618747, e-mail:



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