Posted by: cruise2 | 29 May, 2015

80 YEARS AGO TODAY; THE MOST SPECTACULAR MAIDEN VOYAGE IN MARITIME HISTORY

JJust below my time.

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The noise was utterly stupendous.

A vast armada of floating, bustling tugs, yachts and small ferries tooted, shrieked and wailed in salute as the brand new SS. Normandie eased slowly out of her berth in Le Havre, at the start of her long anticipated maiden crossing to New York. Crowds blackening the waterfront cheered themselves hoarse as the new liner, carrying some 1,013 passengers, stole with almost effortless ease out toward the breakwater, her three enormous, black and red smoke stacks looming over everything in sight.

From her forward funnel came a stately, sonorous kind of boom that shook windows and tugged at every heartstring for miles around. And then she was gone, immortalized in film reels and buzzed by local aircraft as she surged towards the west.

The most dazzling, auspicious and spectacular maiden voyage in the history of sea travel had officially begun.

The ship that emerged from the spring…

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