Queen Elizabeth and Normandie are seen docked side-by-side in New York at piers 91, and 88 respectively. Based on an earlier color view, the Normandie already appears to have her white superstructure painted grey, so I would assume the work would have taken place after the fall of France on 10 May,
The superliner piers in New York are seen in this rare color view from September, 1940. The gray painted Queen Elizabeth will soon be departing the safety of the city, and begin her service as a troopship in the Southern Hemisphere. Next to her, the French Lines Normandie is seen still in her peac
Another view of the Lafayette lying on her side on 10 February, 1942. The New York City Fireboat Firefighter is seen fighting a stubborn blaze located in the ships ventilation system at the base of the ships two forward funnels. The Firefighter was painted over completely in black as soon as Amer
On 12 December 1941 Normandie, which had been interned in New York since September 1939, was seized by the U.S. Navy. Consideration was briefly given to a scheme to convert the liner into an aircraft carrier although, in the end, it was decided the ship would be of more value as a troop transport.
The remains of the Lafayette (ex Normandie) are towed down the Hudson River in November, 1943. The job of righting the ship, following her loss in February, 1942, was one of the largest and most expensive salvage jobs even undertaken; and in spite of the great effort to bring the ship to this point
Ariel view of the Normandie, taken as the ship conducted her sea trials in May, 1935. The lack of water turbulence around her hull and at her bow, shows just how revolutionary Vladimir Yourkevitchs hull design truly was.