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How close allies were to having another 70,000 ton 30kn... - 11/28/2012 11:30:18 PM   
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This thread is for those people that don't know the history of the SS Normandie, which was appropriated by US Coast Guard in Dec 41 from the French and renamed U.S.S. Lafayette. Due to a careless dock worker or maybe even mob sabotage, the 70,000 ton 30 knots behemoth was never able to assist in the allied war effort. Not sure in which theater she would have been assigned initially, probably European. Although possibly to the pacific later. She would have been a nice complement to the Queen Elizabeth!


http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/l1/lafayette.html

... and for those that are ok with Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Normandie



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RE: How close allies were to having another 70,000 ton ... - 11/29/2012 2:25:08 AM   
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I believe the investigation of the Normandie fire ruled that it was clearly an accident. It probably would have stayed in the Atlantic for most of the war. The larger liners were more necessary in that theater than in the Pacific. The British were sending a lot of people for training in Canada and the US was moving large units to Europe. There were fewer large unit moves in the Pacific and there were fewer large ports that could accommodate the large ocean liners.

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RE: How close allies were to having another 70,000 ton ... - 11/29/2012 10:53:33 AM   
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The three great Ocean liners in New York harbour in 1940. Only the Normandie was not in wartime colours.




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RE: How close allies were to having another 70,000 ton ... - 11/29/2012 1:47:55 PM   
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I think the Normandie is shown in one scene in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Saboteur, which was made during the early war years.

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RE: How close allies were to having another 70,000 ton ... - 11/29/2012 9:08:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

I think the Normandie is shown in one scene in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Saboteur, which was made during the early war years.



Yes I believe it was, as I read that somewhere.

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