NORMANDIE "preview"

March 2022

~Ships~Dorset~ released their Autumn 2022 Programme which launches in September 2022 with a return visit from "Mr Ocean Liner" himself - Bill Miller. Our webmaster was sufficiently excited that this page was quickly compiled using images and captions from the Bill Miller Collection. Don't miss the event itself ... all the details on our Events pages ... 



It is 80 years since the great Normandie burned and then capsized at her New York berth.  To many including myself, she was one of the greatest & grandest ocean liners of all time.  And her untimely loss was one of the most tragic.

“Stack-up” in Mar 1937 – from the top:  Berengaria, Georgic, Normandie, Rex & Europa

At Le Havre, the Normandie is seen from an aft deck of departing Ile de France

A public relations blockbuster, the Normandie was, however, not a commercial success – averaging only 59% of capacity in her 4 ½ years of commercial service.

In Apr 1939, the Normandie was briefly trapped in dry dock at Le Havre when the nearby liner Paris caught fire later capsized and trapped the larger ship.

On the afternoon of Feb 9th 1942 and while being converted to a 15,000-capacity troopship, the Normandie caught fire and burned to death – and later capsized.  She was ruined! Photo from March 1942.