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Posted: 12/12/2013 2:01:09 AM EST
Dec 12, 1941

On this day, the U.S. Navy takes control of the largest and most luxurious ocean liner on the seas at that time, France's Normandie, while it is docked at New York City. Shortly thereafter, the conversion for U.S. wartime use began.

The Normandie was unique in many ways. It was the first ship built, in 1931, in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the 1929 Convention for Safety of Life at Sea. It was also huge, measuring 1,029 feet long and 119 feet wide. It displaced 85,000 tons of water. It offered passengers seven accommodation classes (including the new "tourist" class, as opposed to the old "third" class, commonly known as "steerage") and 1,975 berths. It took a crew of more than 1,300 to work her. But despite its size, it was also fast: capable of 32.1 knots. The liner was launched in 1932 and made its first transatlantic crossing in 1935. In 1937, it was reconfigured with four-bladed propellers, which meant it could now cross the Atlantic in less than four days.

Link Posted: 12/12/2013 2:19:33 AM EST
Didn't work out to well in the end.
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 3:51:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2013 3:53:31 AM EST by TacticalMOLONLABE]
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Originally Posted By gaweidert:
Didn't work out to well in the end.
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