SS Normandie Archival Collection

 

The S.S. Normandie Departing for New York, 29 May 1935.

The SS Normandie Departing for New York, 29 May 1935. GGA Image ID # 1ba94f0455

 

 

Built by Chantiers & Ateliers de Penhoet, St. Nazaire, France. Tonnage: 79,280. Dimensions: 981' x 117'9 (1,027 o.l. ). Propulsion: Quadruple-screw, 30 knots. Steam turbines connected to electric motors. Masts and Funnels: Two masts and three funnels. Laid down on January 26,1931. Launched: November 29,1932. Notes: Height from water line to top of foremast was 202 feet high. Passengers: 848 first, 670 tourist, 454 third. Maiden voyage: Havre-Southampton-New York, May 29, 1935. Modifications: Her superstructure was enlarged in 1936, thus increasing tonnage to 82,799. The increased enclosed space made her the largest ship in the world. Speed Record: She broke the trans-Atlantic speed record with a time of 4 days, 3 hours, 14 minutes with an average speed of 31.37 knots. Comments: Her mammoth funnels measured 160 feet in circumference with the foremost one towering at a height of 145 feet. Main dining room was 300 feet by 43 feet, and three decks high with a seating capacity for 1,000 people. WW2 Service: Liner was laid up in New York in August 1939, due to the war. Taken over by United States Government in December 1941. Renamed: Lafayette. Fate: Badly gutted by fire at her New York pier, February 9, 1942, and as fire progressed keeled over and sank. After a costly salvage job was eventually refloated. Towed to Port Newark in December 1946 and she was completely dismantled by October 1947. (Eugene W. Smith, Trans-Atlantic Passenger Ships: Normandie, in Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present, Boston, George H. Dean Company, 1963. p. 186.)

 

The great French liner, Normandie, has had a genuinely eventful career. Her keel was laid down in June 1931 at St. Nazaire, and she was launched on 29 October 1932, but it was not until 29 May 1935 that she commenced her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York. She broke all existing speed records on this trip, making it in 4 days, 3 hours, and 14 minutes with an average speed of 31.37 knots.

The homeward passage took 14 minutes longer, being made in 4 days, 3 hours, and 28 minutes. This noble French ship was indeed a superliner. Her building cost amounted to $60,000,000; as to her exterior appearance, she possessed many outstanding features.

Her overall length was 1,029 feet, and after alterations, her tonnage was set at 82,799 tons gross. The tops of her masts were 202 feet above the waterline, and her mammoth funnels measured 160 feet in circumference, with the foremost one towering at the height of 145 feet.

Her main dining room measured 300 feet by 43 feet and was three decks high with a seating capacity for 1,000 people. The designer installed a small theater, two decks high, to accommodate 380 people. The swimming pool was 80 feet long with a graduated bottom made of tiling. The garage onboard the ship could furnish storage for 100 automobiles.

The Normandie took care of facilities for passenger and freight movements by installing numerous elevators operating between the various decks. In short, the great liner was a small city in herself with accommodations for no less than 1,972 passengers and a crew of 1,350 members.

The Normandie was a very popular and successful ship, as might be imagined. The outbreak of hostilities found her at her New York pier, where she remained until the United States took possession of her intending to convert the great ship into a troop carrier. She continued in the regular Atlantic service up to the commencement of World War II.

She was renamed Lafayette in honor of the great French patriot who helped the American cause in the Revolution. While preparing her to play her new role in the war, a fire of mysterious origin started aboard one day in the early months of 1942. The title to her possession had passed from the hands of the French Line into those of America.

The blaze soon spread throughout the ship despite the strenuous attempts to quell it on the part of New York's firefighters. After battling the conflagration for many hours, their efforts to save the great ship proved futile and listing over to one side, and she slowly settled down into the muddy floor of the harbor.

Work soon started to raise her, and after months of painstaking effort, the ship was once again afloat, and for a while, it was thought possible to rebuild her. This project, however, was never carried out, and in September 1946, the United States put the hulk up for auction.

She was finally knocked down to a New York scrap dealer for approximately $161,000, a ludicrously small sum compared to the vast amount it had cost to build her. Early in December 1946, the fallen monarch of the seas was towed by a small army of tugs to Port Newark, where she awaited her dismantling. So passes one of the most mighty and impressive ships that ever sailed the seas.

Eugene W. Smith, "The Italian Bid for Atlantic Supremacy, Part I: A Short History of the North Atlantic Record Breakers," in Trans-Atlantic Passenger Ships, Past and Present, Boston: George H. Dean Company, 1947, pp. 29-30

 

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First Class Dining Saloon on the SS Normandie.

First Class Dining Saloon on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1ba9797fc3

 

View of the Gallery Lounge and Superior Hall on the SS Normandie.

View of the Gallery Lounge and Superior Hall on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1ba9c90fed

 

View of the Grand Lounge Before the Staircase to Grillroom on the SS Normandie.

View of the Grand Lounge Before the Staircase to Grillroom on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1ba9f6c846

 

Corner of the First Class Smoking Lounge Showing Entry to the Grand Lounge on the SS Normandie.

Corner of the First Class Smoking Lounge Showing Entry to the Grand Lounge on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1baa3eea31

 

The Grill Room Restaurant on the SS Normandie.

The Grill Room Restaurant on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1baa443b92

 

The Private Bar on the SS Normandie.

The Private Bar on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1baa788528

 

First Class Swimming Pool on the SS Normandie.

First Class Swimming Pool on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1bab71d5e5

 

Luxury Suite "Jumieges" Bedroom on the SS Normandie.

Luxury Suite "Jumieges" Bedroom on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1baaf128f0

 

Luxury Suite "Dieppe" Bedroom on the SS Normandie.

Luxury Suite "Dieppe" Bedroom on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1bab10926b

 

Stateroom Suite with Terrace on the SS Normandie.

Stateroom Suite with Terrace on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1bab9a5b27

 

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Couverture du livret "Normandie" de 1937 de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line.

CGT French Line Paquebot Normandie - 1937

Le livret de 72 pages détaille l'incroyable luxe à bord du paquebot Normandie - la fierté et la joie de vivre de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line. Imprimé en France en 1937, il est devenu un article très recherché par les collectionneurs.

CGT French Line - The Ocean Liner Normandie - 1937

The 72-page booklet details the incredible luxury aboard the Normandie liner - the pride and joy of life of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line. Printed in France in 1937, it has become an item much sought after by collectors. (Translated from the French)

 

Front Cover, Third Class on the French Line Featuring the Ile de France, Champlain, Lafayette, Paris, and Normanide.

Third Class on the French Line - 1938

The Normandie, Ile de France, Paris, Champlain and Lafayette combine economy and efficiency in fulfilling the most discriminating requirements. Their Third Class accommodations cannot help but bring you all satisfaction.

 

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Front Cover, SS Normandie Souvenir Number. The Shipbuilder and Marine Engine Builder, June 1935.

Souvenir Number - SS Normandie - June 1935

The Owners of the "Normandie"; The Builders of the "Normandie"; Extension of Port Facilities; The Design—General and Structural; The Building of the Hull; The Launch and Completion of the Ship, Construction of the Cradle General Equipment; Main Propelling Machinery; Auxiliary Electric-Generating Plant;

Condenser Equipment and Feed Circuits; Steam-generating Installation; General Auxiliary Machinery; Auxiliary Electrical Services; Passengers', Officers' and Crew's Accommodation; Passenger Services; Protection against Fire; The Trial Trip and Maiden Voyage of the "Normandie"; Hundreds of Photos, Illustrations, Schematics, and More.

 

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Front Cover of a Tourist Third Cabin Class Passenger List from the SS Normandie of the CGT French Line, Departing Wednesday, 24 July 1935 from Le Havre to New York.

1935-07-24 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin

Date of Departure: 24 July 1935

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain René PUGNET O.

Récapitulation: 357 First Class, 513 Tourist Third Cabin, 240 Third Class, 1,140 Total Passengers.

 

Front Cover of a Tourist Class Passenger List from the SS Normandie of the CGT French Line, Departing 29 July 1936 from Le Havre to New York via Southampton.

1936-07-29 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Tourist

Date of Departure: 29 July 1936

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain Pierre Thoreux O. C.

Récapitulation: Class Cabine: 492 Classe Touriste: 625 Troisième Classe: 262 Total: 1,379

 

Front Cover of a Third Class Passenger List from the SS Normandie of the CGT French Line, Departing 25 September 1937 from Le Havre To New York.

1937-09-25 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Third Class

Date of Departure: 25 September 1937

Route: Le Havre To New York via Southampton

Commander: Pierre Thoreux

Récapitulation: Cabin Passengers: 549, Tourist Class: 576, Third Class Passengers: 356, Total: 1,481

 

1938-10-05 SS Normandie

1937-11-03 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Cabin

Date of Departure: 3 November 1937

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain Pierre THOREUX

Récapitulation: 473 Cabin Class, 469 Tourist Class, 366 Third Class, 1,308 Total Passengers.

 

Front Cover of a Tourist Class Passenger List from the SS Normandie of the CGT French Line, Departing 10 August 1938 from Le Havre to New York.

1938-08-10 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Tourist

Date of Departure: 10 August 1938

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain Jules Duchesne

Récapitulation: Cabin Class 396, Tourist Class 421, Third Class 369, Total Passengers 1,186

 

1938-08-24 SS Normandie

1938-08-24 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Tourist

Date of Departure: 24 August 1938

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain Paul AUGARDE

Récapitulation: 445 Cabin Class, 735 Tourist Class, 342 Third Class, 1,522 Total Passengers.

 

1938-10-05 SS Normandie

1938-10-05 SS Normandie Passenger List

Steamship Line: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / French Line (CGT)

Class of Passengers: Tourist

Date of Departure: 5 October 1938

Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton

Commander: Captain Pierre THOREUX O.C.

Récapitulation: 420 Cabin Class, 606 Tourist Class, 450 Third Class, 1,476 Total Passengers.

 

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Front Cover, SS Normandie Luncheon Bill of Fare - 8 June 1936

1936-06-08 SS Normandie Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 8 June 1936 on board the SS Normandie of the CGT French Line featured Lamb from Pauillac with fresh vegetables, Brill with Normande sauce, and Strawberry souffle for dessert.

 

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SS Brittania & SS Normandie Passage Ticket, Rotterdam to Southampton & Southampton to New York, departing 6 September 1939.

SS Brittania & SS Normandie Passage Contract - 6 September 1939

Passage Ticket for the Compagnie Général Transatlantique, Ltd., - The French Line, Southampton to New York, departing 6 September 1939, issued to Mrs. Agnes de Linia (or de Lina). World War 2 began on 1 September 1939.

 

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Title Page Including Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List, 24 July 1935.

Title Page Including Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List, 24 July 1935. GGA Image ID # 20b460f784

 

Title Page with Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Class Passenger List, 29 July 1936.

Title Page with Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Class Passenger List, 29 July 1936. GGA Image ID # 20d675d760

 

Title Page Including Listing of Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Third Class Passenger List - 25 September 1937.

Title Page Including Listing of Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Third Class Passenger List - 25 September 1937. GGA Image ID # 20b1cb07d6

 

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie, the Flagship of the French Line. From a Passenger List Dated 3 November 1937.

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie, the Flagship of the French Line. From a Passenger List Dated 3 November 1937 Sailing From Le Havre to New York via Southampton. GGA Image ID # 15791e35dd

 

Title Page Including Listing of Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Class Passenger List, 10 August 1938.

Title Page Including Listing of Senior Officers and Staff, SS Normandie Tourist Class Passenger List, 10 August 1938. GGA Image ID # 20b2967c75

 

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie, the Flagship of the French Line. From a Passenger List Dated 24 August 1938 Sailing From Le Havre to New York via Southampton.

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie, the Flagship of the French Line. From a Passenger List Dated 24 August 1938 Sailing From Le Havre to New York via Southampton. GGA Image ID # 157919babb

 

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie of the French Line, From a Passenger List Dated 5 October 1938

Listing of Senior Officers and Staff Members of the Famous SS Normandie of the French Line, From a Passenger List Dated 5 October 1938 Sailing From Le Havre to New York via Southampton. GGA Image ID # 1578d4846f

 

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Front Cover, Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic by Frank O. Braynard, © 1991.

Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic

An absorbing and detailed account of the three ships: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic, 50,000-ton dinosaurs of the transatlantic lines in the years before World War I.

 

Front Cover, Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters by William H. Miller, Jr., 2006.

Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters

Naval historian William H. Miller, Jr. recounts the dramatic stories behind various ill-fated passenger ships. He takes readers beyond the newspaper headlines and formal inquiries, offering firsthand accounts of heroic rescues, daring escapes, and tragic losses.

 

Front Cover, Era of the Passenger Liner by Nicholas T. Cairis. Published by Pegasus Books Ltd., London, 1992.

Era of the Passenger Liner - 1992

The Gilded Era comes back to life as the reader relives the careers of stately ships and express greyhounds from immigrant ships to floating palaces. Scarce, large format book containing 288pp. Features photographs, statistics, and background of 280 passenger liners, each with a picture.

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover, The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4, by Melvin Maddocks, 1978.

The Great Liners: The Seafarers, Volume 4

A history of the world's famous luxury liners provides portraits of the ships. It examines such great disasters as the sinking of the Titanic. This edition explores the grand hotels that traversed the Atlantic between 1840 and 1930.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 3: 1924-1935 by Arnold Kludas, 1976.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1924-1935

Volume 3 in the series covers the years 1924-1935 and includes the introduction of the well-known superliners Normandie and Queen Mary, both of which successfully competed for the prestigious Blue Riband award for the fastest transatlantic crossing.

 

Front Cover, Le Havre - New York: French Lines by Christian Clères, Translated from the French by David Britt, 1997.

Le Havre - New York: French Line

This volume about the French Line and its route from Le Havre to New York is a witness to crossing the Atlantic from before WWI to today (1997)—a fascinating visual record of travel.

 

Front Cover,  Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

Volume 2 picks up the LEVIATHAN saga during her monumental conversion from a troop ship to a luxury liner and carries the ship’s tempestuous life up through her first round trip as a U.S. express liner. The book finishes with the SS Leviathan's triumphant return to the Atlantic.

 

Front Cover, Lost Liners: From the Titanic to the Andrea Doria, The Ocean Floor Reveals Its Greatest Lost Ships by Robert D. Ballard and Rick Archbold with Paintings by Ken Marschall, 1997.

Lost Liners, Titanic to the Andrea Doria

Maps, charts, and diagrams make this handsome volume a valuable reference tool and a compelling evocation of that glorious era when floating palaces ruled the sea lanes.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Majesty at Sea: The Four-Stackers by John J. Shaum, Jr. and William H. Flayhart III, 1981.

Majesty at Sea: The Four Stackers

The opulent and luxurious four-funnel passenger liners, of which only fourteen have ever been built, are unsurpassed in maritime history. Built between 1897 and 1921, these great vessels vied with each other in their standards of comfort, spaciousness, and speed, and great was the rivalry between their owners.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970 by John Adams, 1993.

Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970

A history of the steam-powered passenger ship that details its story from the SS Savannah of 1819 to the SS Hamburg of 1969. It contains historical details of all civilian vessels built in the intervening years, with numerous illustrations and previously unpublished material.

 

Front Cover, Passenger Liners Of The World Since 1893 By Nicholas T. Cairis, Revised Edition With Over 200 pictures, 1979.

Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893

The author here takes a nostalgic look back to the heyday of the passenger ship, providing a brief history of 211 ships of over 10,000 tons, together with specifications and technical details of each.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present by Eugene W. Smith, 1963.

Passenger Ships of the World - 1963

Passenger Ships of the World, 1963, represents an incredible resource covering passenger ships that are Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Trans-Pacific via Panama Canal, Latin American, Africa and the Eastern Oceans, and California-Hawaii.

 

Front Cover, Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994 by William H Miller, Jr., 417 Photographs, 1995.

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994

One of the most comprehensive pictorial references on ocean liners ever published, this superb chronicle by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., depicts and describes virtually every passenger ship of over 15,000 tons built between 1860 and the late 1900s.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships by William H. Miller, Jr., 2002.

Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships

Picture History of German and Dutch Passenger Ships is a superbly illustrated volume that documents a long line of great ships--from "floating palaces" such as the Imperator (1913) and the Vaterland (1914) to such luxurious cruise ships as the Statendam (1957), Hamburg (1969), the remodeled Bremen (1990), and the new Deutschland (1998).

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Andrea Doria by William H. Miller, Jr., 2005.

Picture History of the Andrea Doria

Graceful, fast, and luxuriously outfitted, the Andrea Doria was one of the most famous ships of the 20th century. On July 26, 1956, three years after its inaugural voyage, the famous Italian liner was assured of an immortal place in maritime history after colliding with another vessel off the New England coast and sinking.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 by Frank O. Braynard and William H. Miller, Jr., 1990.

Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990

The Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 has over 180 photographs and illustrations showing the liners on the high seas and in port and depicting handsome staterooms, lounges, interior decor, and carefree life aboard ship.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of The Normandie With 190 Illustrations by Frank O. Braynard, 1987.

Picture History of The Normandie

This fabulous French champion, possibly the most extraordinary and the most glamorous liner ever built, had only a little over four years of commercial life before she was wrenched from her owners and destroyed by fire in one of history's most unfortunate blunders by the military.

 

Front Cover: Picture History of the SS United States by William H. Miller, Jr.

Picture History of the SS United States

A comprehensive pictorial record of the SS United States that will appeal to maritime historians, this celebration of an American champion and centerpiece of national pride will also captivate ship lovers and anyone thrilled by sea travel.

 

 Front Cover and Spine, The Art of French Ocean Liners: The Triumph of Art Deco by Guillaume Morel, 2015.

The Art of French Ocean Liners: The Triumph of Art Deco

Embark as if you were there, on the liners France, Normandie, Paria, Liberie', Champollion, Aramio, André Lebon, Antilleo, or Ile-de-France, and share the daily lives of the passengers, but also that of all those who work in behind the scenes so that each crossing is an unforgettable dream.

 

Front Cover and Spine Plus, The Atlantic Liners 1925-70 by Frederick Earl Emmons, 1972.

The Atlantic Liners 1925-1970

THE ATLANTIC LINERS will be cherished by all the millions of Americans who love the sea. Frederick Emmons sketches the histories of every ocean liner that sailed between the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1970.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years by Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, 2003.

Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years

Ocean Liners and New Vistas of Interwar Society From Immigrants to Tourists. The Changing Complexion of Translatlantic Passengers as The Soul of a Ship. Experience and Life of Below-Deck Personnel Traveling Palace or Floating Sweatshop. The Experience of Women Seafarers Projecting an Image: The Allure of Transatlantic Travel.

 

Front Cover, U.S. Steamships: A Picture Postcard History by Frank O. Braynard with an Introduction by Wlater Cronkite, 1991.

US Steamships: A Picture Postcard History

Over many years, Postcards were collected for the message, history, and the scene. As a result of these collecting interests, we have a valuable source of information relating to many subjects, including steamships, from a historical, technical, and artistic perspective. The Postcards in this book provide a chronological history of U.S. Steamships.

 

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Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Le Havre, from 24 July 1935 to 16 November 1935.

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Le Havre, from 24 July 1935 to 16 November 1935. Ships Included The Champlain, Ile de France, Lafayette, and Normandie. SS Normandie Passenger List 24 July 1935. GGA Image ID # 1f37c3f874

 

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-NewYork and New York-Plymouth or Southampton-Le Havre, from 25 September 1937 to 31 December 1937.

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-NewYork and New York-Plymouth or Southampton-Le Havre, from 25 September 1937 to 31 December 1937. Ships Included the Champlain, Ile de France, Lafayette, and Normandie. CGT French Line SS Normandie Third Class Passenger List - 25 September 1937. GGA Image ID # 20b1af42d5

 

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Le Havre, from 10 August 1938 to 10 January 1939.

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Le Havre, from 10 August 1938 to 10 January 1939. Ships Included the Champlain, De Grasse, Ile de France, Normandie, and Paris. SS Normandie Passenger List, 10 August 1938. GGA Image ID # 20b39d174c

 

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York, from 7 September 1938 to 10 January 1939.

Sailing Schedule, Le Havre-Southampton-New York, from 7 September 1938 to 10 January 1939. Ships Included the Champlain, De Grasse, Ile de France, Normandie, and Paris. SS Normandie Passenger List, 5 October 1938. GGA Image ID # 1e31c3c00c

 

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The SS Normandie, Twice Holder of the Blue Ribbon.

The SS Normandie, Twice Holder of the Blue Ribbon. Length: 1,029 ft, 83,423 Tons Gross, 30 Knots. First Departure for New York on 29 May 1935. GGA Image ID # 1e322f3af0

 

The Chapel on the SS Normandie.

The Chapel on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1e323db312

 

Bedroom in the Luxury Suite "Dieppe."

Bedroom in the Luxury Suite "Dieppe." GGA Image ID # 1e333bddce

 

A General View of the First Class Dining Room on the SS Normandie.

A General View of the First Class Dining Room on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1e3385ac6c

 

Another General View of the First Class Dining Room with a Length of 282 ft.

Another General View of the First Class Dining Room with a Length of 282 ft. GGA Image ID # 1e33892c02

 

A View Overlooking the First Class Dining Room on the SS Normandy, a Statue "The Peace," Stands in the Foreground.

A View Overlooking the First Class Dining Room on the SS Normandy, a Statue "The Peace," Stands in the Foreground. GGA Image ID # 1e33c42bd3

 

A View of the First Class Grand Salon, Decorated by Jean Dupas.

A View of the First Class Grand Salon, Decorated by Jean Dupas. GGA Image ID # 1e342f1f89

 

Another View of the Very Impressive First Class Grand Salon on the SS Normandie.

Another View of the Very Impressive First Class Grand Salon on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1e343721e9

 

Passengers Enjoy Swimming in the First Class Pool, Surrounded by Spectators on the SS Normandie.

Passengers Enjoy Swimming in the First Class Pool, Surrounded by Spectators on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1e34772f55

 

Deluxe Sitting Room in the First Class Trouville Suite on the SS Normandie.

Deluxe Sitting Room in the First Class Trouville Suite on the SS Normandie. GGA Image ID # 1e348b836f

 

The Grand Steamship SS Normandie Docked at Its Pier at the Maritime Station in Le Havre circa 1940.

The Grand Steamship SS Normandie Docked at Its Pier at the Maritime Station in Le Havre circa 1940. GGA Image ID # 1e3519bc3b

 

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Recovery of U.S. Head Tax, in French and English. SS Normandie Passenger List, 24 July 1935.

Recovery of U.S. Head Tax, in French and English. SS Normandie Passenger List, 24 July 1935. GGA Image ID # 20b4bc356f

 

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Passenger Information - 1935-07-24

 

VALUABLES

For the convenience of passengers, the French Line has provided a safe in the Enquiry Office in which money, jewels, documents or other valuables may be deposited by passengers.

Nevertheless, the Line does not accept any responsibility for the safe custody of any such articles. Passengers are accordingly advised to protect themselves by insurance, which can be arranged on board, upon application to the Purser.

BAGGAGE

The French Line, Baggage Department, provides for rail transportation, clearance through French Customs and delivery at residence in Paris and Havre, storage, insurance, etc... Delivery of baggage can also be effected in New York and London.

All Risks insurance covered on demand. Policies to be issued immediately.

A special baggage booklet, giving all details, will be supplied upon application to the ship's Baggage Master.

Automobiles, Motor Boats, Airplanes. can be shipped uncrated, as baggage. All necessary Customs documents are obtained, and every formality attended to by our Automobile Service.

Cars are also accepted to Plymouth and from Southampton.

For further information, as well as for all questions concerning baggage conveyance, kindly apply to the Baggage Master.

RECOVERY OF U. S. HEAD TAX

Non-American passengers intending to stay in the U. S. not more than 60 days can recover the amount of the Head Tax provided they have complied with the following conditions:

  1. On their OUTWARD voyage to require from the Purser a receipt for the Head Tax and inform the U. S. Immigration Inspector on arrival that it is their intention to leave the United States within sixty days, and obtain from the Inspector " Head Tax Refund Certificate " (called FORM 514) ;

 

2. When living the U. S. to have the departure certified on Form 514 by the Purser of the vessel or by the conductor of the train upon which the departure takes place ;

3. The refund is obtainable, generally, through the Purser of the ship, on HOMEWARD voyage, when submitting following documents :

a.         Receipt for the Head Tax;

b.         Form 514 duly completed.

Notice. — The Immigration Authorities impose a time limit of 120 days from date of entry, after which claims for refund will not be considered. Passengers must, therefore, submit Form 514, duly completed, in sufficient time to enable the Company to make their application within the limit of time (120 days).

Source: SS Normandie Passenger List - 24 July 1935

 

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