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And now for something completely different: the SS Normandie

If you’re into this sort of thing, here’s a site offering a virtual tour of the SS Normandie, quite arguably the greatest ocean liner ever built.

An Art Deco masterpiece—even the chapel was Art Deco—the SS Normandie (great site, BTW) was sadly lost when it caught fire in New York as it was being converted into a troop carrier during World War II.

The ship’s bronze doors were apparently savaged and now adorn a Maronite cathedral in Brooklyn.

BTW, the greatest American ocean liner ever built—the originally named SS United States—is still with us, albeit in poor shape, and there’s a grass roots campaign to restore it and turn it into a museum ship. Visit the campaign site here.

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  • http://www.sperwerslog.com/ Sperwer

    I used to live around the corner from that church and passed by those doors every morning on the way to the Clark Street subway station.