The SS Normandie Aflame
While this 1942 newsreel conjectures “Accident or sabotage? The world may never know,” the actual disaster was caused by a welder accidentally setting fire to a store of flammable life jackets.
The Normandie in Better Days
All images from the South Street Seaport Museum exhibit Decodance: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie.
Additional Color Footage of the Blaze