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Norway in a very early morning arrival at Southampton. Her boats are being lowered prior to being removed. The ship was heading up to the drydock. I do not recall when this was but it was around 2002 or 03.
Even though the additional decks did nothing for her looks she still had a majestic aura abou

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Heavens Clive! This was about eight days after the big one '9/11'! It was 2001. Mid Atlantic. I was on board and sitting I the Windward Restaurant (Chambord) and heard the news that a 'small plane had hit one of the World Trade towers.' Miami, New York, Halifax, Greenock, Le Havre, Southampton. Good voyage.

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This photo shows her in Southampton at the end of the 1996 transatlantic crossing to LeHarve in 1996. She still has her original NCL colors on her funnels. She left Southampton after dry dock with just the top part of funnel all in blue with the rest white, eventually the entire funnel (s) were painted a dark blue.
 

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The original name (raised steel letters) along with a hefty portion of the bow it was welded to is available for sale from Trinity marine in Devon. you will need a lorry and a crane!
 

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Starward, Thank you for identifying when I took this photo. As I was convinced that it was in the early 2000's I never bothered to look back in my records. I see now that it was in fact the 11th September 1996.
 

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May I just remember (because nobody mentioned it) that she's the former : ss France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - CGT, (or French Line), build by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique (shipyard) at Saint-Nazaire (F) and put into service in February 1962. At the time of her construction in 1960, the 316 m (1,037 ft) vessel was the longest passenger ship ever built, a record that remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 m (1,132 ft) RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
Ss France was purchased in 1979 by Norwegian Cruise Line - NCL, renamed ss Norway and underwent significant modifications that better suited her for cruising duties. She was sold to be scrapped in 2006, and scrapping was completed in late 2008.

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Starward, Oops! Yes, 1996.

Clive, I would have seen you in the crowd. I was on the '96 crossing as well. The highlight of that voyage was the arrival at Le Havre.

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Stephen, I was on board the 1996 crossing as well. As you mentioned the arrival in LeHarve was truly special with a turn out of 100,000 people (or was 200,000,), all day shuttle buses taking locals to the ship schools closed, French Line/SS France memorabilia in store windows and fireworks at the sail away that evening. The crossing was enjoyable also with a high ratio of French on board, special menus for dinner from the French Line days, guest speakers and even two famous Marine Artists on board, you and Dan Stoltenberg.
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