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NY Harbor  30 August, 1939

NY Harbor 30 August, 1939

Some of histories famous liners are shown docked in New York just two days before the outbreak of World War 2. This image is the reverse view of this picture posted earlier: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/313836/title/n-yharbor-august-30-2c/cat/all

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Unlike the other image of this eventful day in New York Harbor, both the Bremen and Normandie appear to be raising steam for their scheduled departure. US Customs would delay the departure of all three Express Liners and in the end, Normandie would cancel her departure all together. All of her passengers scheduled to make this crossing had their tickets transferred to the Aquitania which would deliver them to Cherbourg. This would prove to be the old Cunard Liners last call at the French Port. It was also on this return voyage that the Aquitania would have her classic encounter with the WW1 vintage destroyer a few miles outside of Southampton. Captain George Gibbons fired off some really comical lines to those crew members on Aquitania's bridge as well as to the old destroyer itself. This picture also shows that Furness's Monarch or Queen of Bermuda was also in port on this day, I can't really tell which, given her distance away from the camera. One of Furness's cargo ships appears to be present as well.

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That's some photo. It might well be titled, "The Calm Before the Storm".

It is a little-remembered fact that Roma was taken over by the Italian Navy, converted into an aircraft carrier, and renamed "Aquila". In 1943 she was taken over by the Germans while still incomplete, but still remained incomplete when the war ended. In the end the aircraft carrier never was completed, and she was finally scrapped in 1952.
 

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xmtryanx: Your chairs are probably priceless. Some of the interior furnishings from Normandie are on display in the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City as prime examples of mid-1930s "art deco".
 

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The 'Furness cargo ship' is one of Prince Line's 'Four Princes' ("Eastern/Northern/Southern/Western Prince") motor liners all built 1929, c 10,920 grt which ran New York, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Only "Eastern" and "Southern" survived WW2; the latter became Costa's "Anna C" and lasted till 1972.
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20A/slides/Anna%20C-07.jpg
 

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Interesting Eddie, I thought it was a Furness Lines vessel, based on the funnel colors. Thanks for clearing up the uncertainty on that motor liner.

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