Despite this, she attained a speed of 25.09 knots (46.47 km/h; 28.87 mph) on her trials. Musée des Arts et Métiers 028.jpg 2,048 × 1,536; 742 KB. 2nd Class Smoking Room. [1] She tied up at the French Line Pier directly adjacent to the White Star Pier where Titanic would have still been docked if her voyage to New York had been successful. In 1918, her military service was cut short by an engine room explosion that killed nine crew members and thus required extensive repairs.[3]. Finally completed in 1912, her maiden voyage began at her homeport of Le Havre on 20 April 1912, just five days after the sinking of RMS Titanic. ever created for CGT’s only four stacker. She was sent to the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Northern Ireland, where longer and wider bilge keels were fitted to her hull to reduce rolling and new propellers were fitted to reduce vibrations, making her not only more comfortable to travel aboard, but faster as well. CGT had by then commissioned a new flagship, the great Normandie which was nearing completion. In 1921, she passed flagship status on to the newer and larger Paris, but continued to be a popular means of travel, with a near club-like following among the wealthy. [8] Her affluent passenger loads swayed the CGT in 1924 to convert her to an all first-class ship, save for just 150 third class berths. 1930's FRENCH LINE shipping SS Normandie Vintage Ocean Liner Poster New York SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. Many of the millionaires she had carried over the years had been financially destroyed and the general downturn in business cut deeply into transatlantic travel. The company did not become a major participant of the trans-Atlantic Ocean liner trade until after World War I. Sailing at a service speed of 23.5 knots (43.5 km/h; 27.0 mph), she was faster than any ship afloat save for Mauretania and Lusitania. Colour Drawing of the SS France.jpg 569 × 327; 73 KB. [3] Further unique points included her Cafe Terrasse and the Salon Mauresque, the latter a reference to the French colonial empire in Africa. 1st Class Smoking Room. [1], At the turn of the 20th century, British and German liners dominated the North Atlantic passenger route, carrying not only a huge number of immigrants, but catering to the social elite as well. . From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, SS France (es); フランス (ja); France (fr); SS France (sv); SS France (1910) (pl); СС Франс (sr); SS France (be-tarask); SS France (1912) (ru); SS France (en); France (Schiff, 1910) (de); SS France (pt); SS France (be); اس‌اس فرانس (۱۹۱۰) (fa); SS法國號 (zh); SS France (da) Transatlántico francés de principios del siglo XX (es); जलयान (hi); Paquebot de 1912 (fr); Navio de passageiros francês (pt); French ocean liner (en); കപ്പല്‍ (ml); Skib (da) Versailles of the Atlantic (en); France (Paquebot De 1912), Paquebot France, SS France, Versailles de l'Atlantique (fr); France, Versalles del Atlántico, Versailles of the Atlantic (es), 15th Infantry fighters home with War Crosses. At Pier 88 a large sign said ‘Welcome SS France’. Eden sank with the loss of 43 officers and men, including her commander, with France rescuing the remaining 33 survivors. Lloyd were the owners of the so-called "Kaiser-class" ships which, with their four funnels were a paradigm of strength, safety and luxury. SS France (1912) of the CGT French Line on Landing Stage in Bremerhaven, Germany Maiden Voyage Departure For New York on 1912-04-20. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the. When Britannic was sunk in late 1916, the need for high-capacity hospital ships was even more dire, and she continued in this role until the United States entered the war in 1917, when she was deployed back to the Atlantic to ferry American troops to the continent with space for some 5,000. During her time as a hospital ship she was converted to accommodate 2,500 injured troops. At 23,769 tons, France was half the size of the newest British liners, such as Olympic but what she lacked in size, she made up for in opulence. This page was last edited on 12 February 2019, at 19:43. French liner La France arrives with 15th Infantry . At the time of the commission of Picardie, the CGT's flagship was Rochambeau, a liner which was a mere 12,000 tonnes. [8] With the advent of the new Ile de France, France was diverted almost totally to cruising. She was sent for refurbishment that winter, returning to commercial duty in early 1920. . Arguably the finest brochure (more like a hard-cover book!) The French liner, La France, arrives wit . Bridge. [4] Style Louis seize (Louis XVI) was also used within the private apartments of the grand luxe suites on board. She was later christened Versailles of the Atlantic, a reference to her décor which reflected the famous palace outside Paris. [3], Laid down in February 1909, the new liner was to be a marvel of French engineering. Looks like a mix between the queen mary and mauretania. SS France 1912. In 1897 the North German Lloyd had launched their Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, a four-funnelled liner which proved a great success. The revival of the Baroque architecture and interior design occurred in the late 19th century and prevailed into the early decades of the twentieth. According to a 1912 booklet publicising the liner, her second class accommodation was credited as "match[ing] the richness and comfort of first class on the old liners. . Moorish Room. . We're a community of creatives sharing everything Minecraft! SS France was a French ocean liner which sailed for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, colloquially known as CGT or the "French Line". Shortly after the advent of Cunard's luxurious ocean greyhounds, Mauretania and Lusitania, the French Line's directors decided it was time to enter the race for supremacy. [3], Learn how and when to remove this template message, List of ships of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, "Histoire de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique", "Le Nouveau Paquebot S.S. France de la CGT Franch Line, 1912",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Four direct-action steam turbines; Quadruple propeller; 45,000 ihp (34,000 kW), This page was last edited on 21 August 2020, at 23:26. Cuisine onboard was said to have been amongst the finest at sea. She continued to sail through the Eighties and Nineties, but, by the beginning of this decade, cutbacks in maintenance meant the Norway was suffering frequent mechanical breakdowns and fires. [6] The spectacle was watched by scores of cheering Frenchmen who had gathered for the occasion. 1st Class Dining Room. Proud of their great achievement, the new France was not without problems; she suffered from disturbing vibrations, and had a marked tendency to roll, even when the seas were flat calm. yes, it does. [3] Her time as a cruiser was short-lived as she was too large, burned too much coal to be of good use, and was consequently reconfigured to carry troops. Images from the Private Collection (PC) of John Cunard-Shutter. In line with its strategy, the company did not have ships of either great speed or size, but instead became renowned during the early 20th century for its luxuriously appointed liners. 3rd Class Dining Room. Haha, yes I fully understand about the deck plans.